Author Archives: Richard Rush

Boredom box bid by group

Creating boredom packs to help vulnerable adults and handing out more fruit and veg are among the reasons a group helping others in Spalding and Pinchbeck are asking for donations. Since the current coronavirus outbreak, the Spalding and Pinchbeck COVID Kindness team has been producing packs to help others including delivering fresh food and things to keep children entertained. It ...

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Plea for further works on Woolram Wygate

A councillor has called for all of Woolram Wygate’s potholes to be fixed and is urging others to say where work is needed in her Spalding West division. While welcoming the work done outside Spalding Primary School on the street, Coun Angela Newton has called on Lincolnshire County Council to fix the rest of the street. She’s also looking to ...

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VE Day parties 75 years ago this week

Readers have sent in the images they have of VE Day 75 years ago. Tidswell sent in the image of her mum Lorna Wright (nee Stacey) as the eight-year-old girl in a flowery dress at the top of the table in the celebrations from Alexandra Road and Ayscoughfee Avenue. “She has very vivid memories of the day and party.” Frances ...

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Council looking to subsidise and ‘protect’ bus companies

Bus operators are going to be financially supported by Lincolnshire County Council. The council says it’s looking to protect the services and hundreds of jobs. Passenger numbers have dropped dramatically as people follow government advice to stay at home as much as possible. So, to help support transport operators during this time, Lincolnshire County Council is paying companies between 85 ...

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Store bags help for community

Staff from Morrisons’ store in Pinchbeck have been praised for their work in the community. The store’s Community Champion, Gail Ridley, has been joined in the community work the store does by Sam Bailey who previously worked in the currently closed restaurant. The pair have been helping numerous groups with donations, including some by Tulips Events organiser Jan Whitbourn. She ...

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Legoland in lockdown fun

Coronavirus didn’t stop brothers Noah (7) and Elliot Ford (4) celebrating their birthdays thanks to mum Melissa organising Legoland in Lockdown – complete with a Lego-themed afternoon tea. The boys were looking forward to a weekend at Legoland as a joint birthday treat but it had to be cancelled due to the current pandemic. Melissa was determined not to let ...

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MPs’ support for plant growers

South Holland MP Sir John Hayes is backing plant growers who are struggling amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Sir John, who has been supported by 12 other MPs, has written to George Eustice, secretary of state for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, setting out three points of action to help the ornamental horticulture sector. In his letter Sir John said: “We ...

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‘Frustration’ at Long Sutton CC

Long Sutton Cricket Club has had to deal with vandalism as well as the loss of at least the start of their 2020 cricket season. The South Lincs Cricket League Premier Division would normally have been a few weeks into their season by now. But instead they have no income coming in with all cricket in the UK currently being ...

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Football Foundation pitches in to support talented young Tigers

Holbeach United’s youth set up has received a grant of over £40,000 to improve its football pitches as it continues to grow. The Holbeach United Community Sports Academy has been given the grant by the Football Foundation as part of its Grass Pitch Improvement Programme. It aims to improve the quality of the pitches at the Pennyhill Road base which ...

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Barry’s biking birthday bid

A Spalding Cycling Club stalwart is to mark his 72nd birthday today (Thursday) by taking on a more than eight hour charity bike ride without leaving his own home. Active Barry Drew is classed as vulnerable so can’t volunteer to help with deliveries as many of his clubmates have done. So instead he’s going to mark his birthday today by ...

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Fire extinguished on Commercial Road in Spalding

Spalding fire crew were called to Commercial Road in the town last night to a box van on fire. The van was left severely damaged by the incident reported at 9.38pm last night (Monday, May 4). Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said the fire was extinguished using two hose reels and breathing apparatus.

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Tips gearing up to re-open, but you’ll have to book a slot

Tips in Lincolnshire are gearing up to re-open, but you’ll have to book an appointment and it will initially be for garden waste and wood only. Lincolnshire County Council closed the amenities just after the lockdown was announced after experiencing long queues at its sites including West Marsh Road. It’s planning to re-open them soon, though hasn’t said exactly when. ...

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Man (27) believed to have been stabbed in Pinchbeck taken to hospital

A man found with suspected stab wounds in Pinchbeck was taken to hospital yesterday (Sunday, May 3). Two men have been arrested following the incident after police received a report of an injured man in the Brownlow Crescent area shortly after 11am. Lincolnshire Police say they believe this was an isolated incident and that the man’s injuries were not through ...

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Schools send their messages

Yet more schools have been showcasing their video-making skills while wishing their pupils well. After we featured St Paul’s Primary School and The Garth School videos last week, more parents have shared their school’s videos. Gosberton Academy’s video. They include St John’s Primary School in Hawthorn Bank, Spalding, which has been passing toilet rolls between each other for a staff ...

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Holbeach firm among key workers showing appreciation for Pilgrim Hospital staff

A Holbeach firm were among 55 vehicles of other key workers who drove around Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital last night (Thursday) to thank the NHS. Holbeach Tyres were among those that drove around the hospital at 8pm last night as part of the weekly clap for the NHS acknowledgement. At the same time, around the hospital itself, a number of emergency ...

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Air ambulance will make some night time flights during May

The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance will undertake some flights during the night this month after initially fearing they would be unable to do any. The charity, which has warned it could be set to be without £3m worth of its normal funding to the COVID-19 crisis, had also previously announced there would be no night missions in May due ...

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How key workers can be tested for COVID-19

Details of how key workers in Lincolnshire can be tested for COVID-19 have been revealed. The Lincolnshire Resilience Forum (LRF), which is overseeing the crisis in the county, says mobile units will be moving around the county alongside the static testing sites. The tests are appointment only and are for what the government deems key workers who have experienced symptoms ...

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Businesses, groups and Kindness team rally round to thank hospital staff under rainbow

A stunning rainbow appeared over the Johnson Hospital last night as NHS staff were given special thanks through the Spalding COVID Kindness Team and local businesses. As part of the 8pm clap for the NHS, the community group formed by volunteers showed their appreciation for the staff that work in the hospital and provided them with goody bags and flowers ...

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Crane to block part of road in Long Sutton

One lane of a road is to be closed for around a week as work is carried out on a Long Sutton factory. A large crane is to be outside Princes Limited on Bridge Road until Wednesday, May 6. The crane is so large part of it will have to be on the road. It will take up one lane ...

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Bereavement hotline launched in Lincolnshire for those grieving while self-isolating

A Lincolnshire charity has opened a special helpline for those isolating and dealing with the death of a loved one. St Barnabas Hospice which hosts day therapy sessions and has a shop and cafe in the town centre has launched the service in responce to the current COVID-19 pandemic. A spokesman for the hospice said: “Being isolated, dealing with the ...

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