Author Archives: Richard Rush

LETTERS – Throwing abuse at readers

David Jones’ letter (Voice, August 20), among other fulminations, complains about inaccuracies among Voice correspondence. His invective is very imprecise, but he cannot possibly be referring to my earlier letter since he says he is instead concerned about disrespect of the wartime generation. Coming from a family of veterans, I’ll give him the benefit of doubts regarding his declared intentions, ...

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LETTERS – Will flytippers get a fine?

An open letter to South Holland District Council: How many years have I been complaining to SHDC to take action against the inconsiderate rogues who blight Spalding with their contempt for keeping the town tidy? Last week, considerable amounts of unwanted detritus were put outside 5 Havelock Street, Spalding. On Tuesday, green recycling was collected. The bin men must have ...

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Volunteers group is set to launch

A new group of volunteers that aims to help others in eastern parts of South Holland is to go live in October. The East Elloe Good Neighbour Scheme will be offering to do tasks for those who might be unable to do them. They’ve been busy planning for the launch via a host of online networking sessions. And they’re set ...

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Chris is an ‘Educator Expert’

A Spalding Grammar School teacher has been selected as one of handful of people to help others in the profession with their IT skills. Chris Harris (pictured),of Moulton Seas End, has been selected as Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert for 2020-21. It is a program where Microsoft select educators can demonstrate a wide range of skills with its educational technology and ...

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Project continues to give

Ella’s Project is continuing to help provide scrubs for care staff. The team recently drove over to Newark to collect material to supply Spalding Scrub Hub which was kindly donated by the local sewing team over there and gratefully accepted by the coordinator Chloe Spinks. Delivering to Chloe Spinks Ella’s Project also received some great news when Simon Lord organised ...

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Cocktail of drugs led to man’s death

A 34-year-old who moved to Spalding in an attempt to get away from drugs died ‘speedballing’, an inquest has heard. Brian Greaves was found dead at his uncle’s Chestnut Avenue home on January 3. A toxicology report into his death revealed he had taken heroin and cocaine at the same time, known as speedballing, and had also been drinking. The ...

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Dance school is ready for studio

A long-established South Holland dance school could be housed in a purpose-built studio later this year. The Rebecca Dear School of Dance has been teaching students in the Long Sutton area for many years. But the pandemic has meant things now have to change for owner Rebecca Harris and plans have been submitted for a brand new home. Spare units ...

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Runners set own marathons

The 2020 London Marathon may not be taking part for the non-elite, but that’s not going to stop local runners like Samantha Hall and Shaun Turner. After ten years of trying, Shaun (43) was delighted to finally get into this year’s event, initially set for April before being put back to October 4. Samantha Hall It’s now been cancelled but ...

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Warning over farm GPS thefts

Police have issued a warning over a spate of thefts of GPS equipment from farmers in South Holland. They include the taking of such systems from a farm in Donington overnight on Tuesday, August 8. Members of the Farmwatch community have been urged to be vigilant.A message from Colin Abbotts, PCSO for Spalding Rural North, states: “Can all Farmwatch members ...

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Council looking for your views on county

Lincolnshire County Council is looking for residents to join a new ‘County Views’ residents’ panel to help shape services and develop ideas. The residents’ panel is a joint venture between the councils in Greater Lincolnshire, to help understand issues which matter, develop local priorities, evaluate their services and identify ways to improve in the future. Residents involved in the panel ...

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Crafty way to beat loneliness

A South Lincolnshire arts group is offering craft kits to help beat loneliness. Transmission Arts are providing the kits as part of the Craft Catalyst Club to those who request them across South Holland. A spokesman for the arts collective said: “If you know someone that is still staying at home, may be feeling isolated and may not have access ...

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Jobs at risk as Sutton Bridge Power Station put ‘in a dormant state’

Sutton Bridge Power Station has been placed ‘in a dormant state’ after its operators went into administration. Staff at the plant, which was only upgraded in 2017, face an uncertain future after owner Calon Energy Limited went into administration June. On Monday administrators KPMG yesterday (Monday) announced that they will be overseeing Calon companies include Severn Power Limited, Calon Energy ...

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Boy cut out of play equipment in Holbeach

A boy has had to be cut out of play equipment in Holbeach. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue were called to Fishpond Lane at around 1.30pm after the boy’s leg became trapped in a climbing frame. Holbeach Fire Crew attended the scene and used small tools to cut the boy out, a spokesman for the fire service said.

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Exam result grades relief

Students across South Holland who were fearing the worst with the arrival of their GCSE results this week will be receiving their teachers’ grade today (Thursday) after a government U-turn. A furious row over last week’s A-Level results left many teenagers, parents and teaching staff wondering what to expect from this year’s GCSE results which were due to be graded ...

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Pensioner (67) admits sex acts on child (7)

A 67-year-old man has pleaded guilty to three counts of carrying out a sex act on a seven-year-old. Terence Mackenzie whose given address to the court was Havering in Essex, admitted the charges which relate to incidents in Moulton this year at a hearing at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on August 6. He was committed for sentencing at Lincoln Crown Court ...

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No charges for Gore Lane site

Charges to park at Gore Lane in Spalding will not be introduced as yet after councillors were led to believe they would. A notice in last week’s edition of The Voice advertised charges proposed to be introduced at the site off Sheep Market though South Holland District Council commented there were “no plans” for this to be introduced yet. That ...

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Jack lit up so many lives

A 90-year-old who only retired last year and lit up Christmases in Holbeach while raising thousands for charity has died. Jack Turner has been a barber and then car salesman for decades and in recent years had also been known for his festive displays outside of his Fleet Road home. He grew up in Long Sutton where he had his ...

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Fossil hunter hits the bone jackpot

A South Holland fossil hunter hit the jackpot when a bone he found has been confirmed as belonging to a new species of dinosaur. The discovery was a ‘bucket list’ dream for James Lockyer, of Spalding, who unearthed one of four bones thought to belong to the newly-named Vectaerovenator inopinatus. The dinosaur was thought to be four metres long and ...

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‘No action’ over data breaches

The Information Commissioner’s Office has decided to take ‘no further action’ against Holbeach Parish Council over data protection breaches, but has recommended the authority takes up set recommendations. It follows the theft of a CCTV camera and associated memory card from Carter’s Park in June. All Holbeach’s CCTV is to be taken down to be checked by independent professionals as ...

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LETTERS – Economic uncertainty reigns

With the full lockdown measures in place for the whole of April and May, the impact on the used car market, albeit devastating, is not surprising. According to the latest figures recently released by the Society Of Motor Traders & Manufacturers (SMMT), the market for secondhand cars declined by almost half in the second quarter of the year, with just ...

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