Author Archives: Tom Cassidy

Pilgrim Hospital emergency department ‘inadequate’ in all areas

The emergency department at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston has been rated inadequate in all four categories by the Care Quality Commission. The report from an unannounced CQC inspection of the hospital, which is run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, published today has resulted in the CQC taking urgent enforcment action and imposing conditions to improve the “quality and safety ...

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Couple face trial over £80k ‘criminal property’

A Deeping St Nicholas couple has been sent for trial at Lincoln Crown Court on allegations of entering an arrangement to facilitate use of more than £80,000, described as ‘criminal property’. Daniel Andrew Bunn (32) and Holly Graham (25) both of New Road, Deeping St Nicholas face an allegation that between April 9 and June 26 2019, they entered into ...

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Spalding man among alleged drug dealers to face trial

Three alleged drug dealers have been sent for trial at Lincoln Crown Court on charges of dealing in heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis. Alzcan Calzskan (19) of Washway Road, Spalding and Bree Jaon Murphy (21) of Witham Town, Boston are both alleged to have been concerned in the supplying of crack cocaine, cannabis and heroin between December 1 2017 and ...

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Council defends cinema ticket price rise

The South Holland Centre ‘will still be one of the cheapest places to see films’ despite an around eight per cent increase in tickets, the council said. Charges for the Market Place venue are to be increased, mostly at a 2.9 per cent Retail Price Index (RPI) figure set in June last year. But the cost for cinema tickets will ...

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School route floods forcing children across A17

Police have warned schoolchildren against using a flooded A17 underpass in Holbeach, but also say an alternative crossing has dangerous oncoming traffic “from potentially four directions”. On Monday (February 24), Lincolnshire Police told pupils at University Academy Holbeach and the town’s primary schools who have to cross the A17 that the underpass is inaccessible due to flooding. On the South ...

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Could your business save hundreds of pounds?

South Holland District Council is encouraging local businesses to check whether they are entitled to Small Business Rate Relief, potentially saving them hundreds of pounds a year. Business rates, which are set by the national government rather than local councils, are charged on most non-domestic properties, like shops, offices, pubs and factories. Hundreds of businesses in South Holland are eligible ...

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Firm celebrates its employees

Spalding-based recruitment firm Encore Personnel has celebrated a record year of growth and expansion at its prestigious annual staff awards. Recognising that its employees were key to its success, Encore’s staff awards, now in its 18th year, acknowledges the hard work of its employees and all branches. The ceremony celebrated individual and team successes and thanked attendees for their dedication ...

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Pavanotti’s flood relief success

Jeff Woods, aka Pavanotti, raised more than £250 during a charity concert in a Holbeach coffee shop. A total of £275.83 was raised for flood relief at the Rhondda Valley on Saturday at Caffe Aurora. Jeff said of the appeal: “I am amazed and delighted at the generosity of Caffe Aurora customers and owners, Cormac and Sophie O’Hara, and the ...

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Charity lunch gets tails up

Spalding Golf Club’s ladies’ section held a dinner to raise money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind last week. The charity has been chosen by the 2020 ladies’ captain Margaret Barkway to support throughout her year in the position. Terry Rodgers, an ambassador for Guide Dogs for the Blind spoke to the guests about his experiences of the charity ...

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LETTER: We need fairer funding

The UK’s poorest regions have been falling behind the rest of Europe over the past decade, according to EU data analysed by the High Pay Centre think tank. Voters will now be looking to see if the new government will keep its promise and direct billions of pounds of investment into the Midlands and North of England. The research found ...

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LETTER: Don’t hold your breath

I doubt that we should hold out too much hope of the results from the Town Forum for Spalding. This comes from the same council which has allowed the town to slip backwards and let historic buildings go to rack and ruin in front of their own offices. The forum is headed by the Castle Ward councillor who oversees the ...

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LETTER: Mistaken in conclusion over article

In reference to Mr Meekings letter (Voice February 20) I am afraid that he is mistaken in his conclusion that I had not read or had misunderstood the FullFact/Eurostat article to which he refers. As I said in my original response it is very easy to garner a few facts from statistics to support a chosen viewpoint. It would seem ...

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Grammar School students in court

Sixth-form law and politics students from Spalding Grammar School enjoyed a rewarding educational day in London.  The Year 12s visited the Old Bailey where they saw murder and fraud trials taking place. At the Houses of Parliament they saw both the House of Lords and House of Commons debating legislation, and took part in a workshop on making laws. The students ...

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More dementia and autism help

A Spalding wellbeing charity has added a new support group for people with autism and gained financial backing for its dementia care. Tonic Health, The Health and Wellbeing Charity, has secured funding through Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust Autism Network Fund to enable it to continue their successful Autistic Led project. Autistic Led is a group for autistic adults aged 18 ...

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Brandon’s ball to raise awareness

A teaching assistant from Spalding’s Wygate Park Academy has handcuffed himself to a 4kg medicine ball for a week in a bid to reduce stigmas around mental health. Brandon Pontin was only allowed to take the ball off when sleeping, driving and getting dressed for the seven days. The medicine ball intends to represent the weight and burden felt by ...

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Roundabout is still off the Radar

Controversial plans to trial new measures at an accident blackspot will be discussed by councillors next week. Lincolnshire County Council’s proposal for a six-month trial to use barriers to restrict movement at Radar Junction on the A16 is to go before the authority’s Planning and Regulation Committee on Monday, March 2. Similar restrictions would also be in place at the ...

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Coronavirus fears close two South Holland schools

Two schools in South Holland have been closed and a person has been isolated for testing because of ‘a potential connection’ to coronavirus. Lutton St Nicholas Primary School and Gedney Church End Primary School both have a notice of closure on their websites. The notice reads: “The school is closed as a precautionary measure because of a potential connection to ...

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Hot Rock ‘n’ Boogie weekender returns with international stars

Huge names in rock ‘n’ roll, swing and jive are coming to this year’s Hot Rock ‘n’ Boogie Weekender in Spalding. The event returns to Springfields Exhibition Centre this year with a packed bill for two days of live music, free dance lessons, a vintage market, camping and more. Organised by dance tutors Boston Jive, the weekender promises to be ...

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Green Tree award for school

Staff and pupils at Bicker Prep School have been delighted to be awarded a platinum level Green Tree award for their work with the environment. Activities carried out by the children include a wildlife photography competition which was judged by local wildlife photographer Dean Eades and as part of the ‘wild trails’ element of the award, Year Three and Four ...

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Look after charity kitty for the cats

A local cat charity is looking to recruit a volunteer treasurer to oversee funds in the kitty and enable the charity to help even more cats. The Spalding and the District branch of the Cats Protection League has helped thousands of animals every year for the last 20 years. As well as finding new homes for unwanted and abandoned cats, ...

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