Author Archives: Richard Rush

Tributes to former teacher

A woman who it’s claimed set up the first pre-school in the area has passed away. Jane Hill (78) is the wife of Rev David Hill who moved to Lutton from Richmond-on-Thames In 1968. Jane, with her husband, Rev David Hill, moved from Richmond-on-Thames to the Vicarage. Before moving she was a bilingual secretary in London and Geneva. She set ...

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Get quizzical with society

A new fundraising charity quiz has been created, to help us all during these difficult times, and to exercise those little grey cells. Spalding Gentleman’s Society’s latest is themed on ‘Numbers’ and has been created by Dave Jacobs. Dave Jacobs with the quiz. There will be three prizes, £20 for first place, £10 for second, and a £5 random prize, ...

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Water taxi hopes to be back stronger next year

Those behind Spalding’s water taxi hope a year without the service will entice more users in 2021. The attraction which ferries people between the town and Springfields was not able to open in March in line with government guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although those guidelines changed to allow it to operate, it would have left just five weeks ...

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District council chief executive to stand down

The chief executive of South Holland District Council is to step down. Anna Graves has held the role at the authority and at Breckland Borough Council for the last six years. Anna said: “I’ve been working for local government for over 30 years, served many councils and been involved in a huge range of initiatives and great projects working alongside ...

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Youths filmed four-day crime spree mugging people around Spalding

A group of youths carried out a series of terrifying street robberies during a four day crime spree, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Tuesday). Ethan Nicholas Brown, together with two accomplices, targeted lone people out at night in Spalding as they drove around the town looking for victims. Brown and a 16-year-old boy then assaulted and robbed their targets ...

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Images released as people search for two involved in Spalding pub brawl

An appeal has been launched to find two people involved in a brawl at a Spalding pub in July. The incident happened at The Lincolnshire Poacher pub in Double Street at 10pm on Saturday, July 4, A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “We would like to speak to these men, who may have information about an incident in Spalding. “A ...

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Market fees relief continued as council says new stalls are being attracted

The fee to have a market stall in Spalding is to be waived for three more months, it’s been announced, amid claims new stallholders are being attracted to stand. South Holland District Council has announced the move which extends the policy since the markets return in June. And the authority has claimed its seen a number of new stalls at ...

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Former head teacher intends to plead not guilty to child sex offence charges, court told

A former head teacher of a West Pinchbeck school intends to plead not guilty to three child sex offence charges a court has heard. James Shawley (44) was meant to have entered a plea at Lincoln Crown Court today (Friday) on charges of sending messages of a sexual nature sent to a 14-year-old, attempting to incite a 14-year-old into a sexual ...

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Landlord fined over safety breaches

A Spalding landlord has been hit with a £1,500 fine after a court found he had failed to address hazards posing a potential danger to life identified by South Holland District Council’s housing team. Mervyn Henry Bull was handed the fine last week after an inspection of his property on Gore Lane in Spalding by the council found he had ...

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Partially sighted man on drink and drugs drove into room where young Spalding family and their baby were sleeping

A partially sighted chef got behind the wheel of a car and drove into his neighbour’s front room where a young family and their baby were asleep, a court heard. Charlie Sergison, who suffers from macular degeneration, grabbed the keys to his partner’s Mini Cooper after flying into a rage at 5 am. He then drove the vehicle away from ...

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Rising costs of new road

The cost of one stretch of a controversial Spalding relief road has increased by more than £8m, a county council report has revealed. Three road projects in Lincolnshire could come in at a total of £28m above the initial estimated figures and coronavirus has been blamed for some of the additional expenditure. But the county council is looking to save ...

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Family’s thank you for support

A bench is to be erected in memory of a Whaplode man for whom a song has been written by a Holbeach rapper and music producer. The family of Blaine Sheppard have thanked the community for their support after the death of the 20-year-old earlier this month. A JustGiving page was set up in the popular youngster’s memory and has ...

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Misfits land dancing award

A group of ‘Molly dancers’ has won a London award after filming their morris dance routine in Holbeach Hurn. Misfit Molly, whose members include some from Holbeach and Sutton Bridge, were crowned winners of the Croydon MorrisOVision competition after submitting two videos, My Corona and Lockdown. They were due to compete at the annual Croydon Night of Dance for morris ...

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Recognition for litter picker

A Long Sutton resident has been recognised for his hard work around the town. James Bailey was presented with a Community Award and a bottle of malt whiskey by Long Sutton Parish Council chairman John Clarey. Mr Bailey tirelessly clears the town of litter including the parks, the Market Place, around the Co-op area and as far out to Wisbech ...

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Sex offender did ‘immense harm’

A pensioner from Pinchbeck who admitted a series of historic sex offences against young girls was jailed for ten and a half years at Lincoln Crown Court. John Baldwin was told he had caused “immense harm” to his two victims.Judge John Pini QC, passing sentence, told him: “Your conduct was appalling and disgraceful. “It is clear that you have done ...

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Mum’s concern over lack of school place for autistic son

A mum has expressed frustration over her autistic 11-year-old son not having a school to go to next week. Julie Holmes will instead have to home school son Zak after he was told he would not be able to attend the family’s preferred school, The Priory. She’s full of praise for the school that’s close to their Royce Road home ...

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Plans for development of 40 affordable homes recommended for approval

Plans for a development of more than 40 affordable rental homes is set for approval despite a raft of objections. Minster Property Group has submitted the proposals for a site at Locksmill Farm, Cowbit Road, Spalding which is due to be discussed next week. Members of the planning committee at South Holland District Council are recommended to approve the plans. ...

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LETTERS – Constant reminder of her work

Much laughter has been heard in the area since David Jones’s letter in support of his idol Jan Whitbourn appeared in the current Voice letters section whom he felt was unfairly treated the previous week by a reader’s letter regarding her self publicity activities plus the merits of the Royal British Legion. Mr Jones explained he has lived in the ...

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LETTERS – Trying to keep village tidy

Residents of Pinchbeck must have noticed that the dog poo bins have not been emptied for a while. Many of the poo bag dispensers are also empty. Responsible dog owners are still using bags that get placed by the bins, but there has been an increase in amount not picked up and the general litter in the village. Last Sunday ...

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LETTERS – Can Sir John explain?

We in this area are very fortunate that our MP, Sir John Hayes, is an expert on education. Perhaps he would like to give us his views on the causes and consequences of the current difficulties surrounding examination results together with his opinions about who is responsible. I am sure that many readers would then like him to explain where ...

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