LETTER: Thanks for supporting Santa run

Spalding Lions would like to say a big thank you to everyone and to the residents of the villages that we recently visited with Santa. We have had one of the most successful years of raising money and it would not be so without your kind donations. We would also like to say thank you to Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s supermarkets ...

Read More »

LETTER: Did anyone else hear a blackbird?

A few days ago, it was late afternoon, I was walking through Hall Place in Spalding towards WH Smith, when I heard the unmistakable sound of a blackbird singing. It was perched in the small tree that is by the circle of raised flowerbeds and the benches. There in the gathering dusk of a winter’s afternoon, with people going about ...

Read More »

LETTER: MPs should hang heads in shame

In last week’s issue I was taken to task over an earlier letter of mine wherein I asked for justification for the continuing use of food banks. One correspondent in particular completely missed the point of part of my letter, not by whom or when or where were food banks created but what is the current administration doing to eradicate ...

Read More »

LETTER: What’s happening to Spalding?

What’s happening to the once prosperous, thriving, busy market town of Spalding? I worked in the town for over 40 years, I loved working there, especially doing my shopping when my working day finished. Over the years there have been a lot of changes, some for the good, some not so good. New shops come and go. There was always ...

Read More »

LETTER: Thanks for contributing to Santa run

President Jon Martin and members of the Rotary Club of South Holland would like to put on record our sincere thanks to the people of Spalding who contributed so generously to our Christmas Sleigh Collection in December helping achieve a grand total of just over £11,400 the vast majority of which will be used for the benefit of the local ...

Read More »

LETTER: Demand priorities are set out

Lincolnshire is one of the poorest parts of Northern Europe in GDP terms. Indeed, Lincolnshire currently stands third bottom in the league table of Northern European areas (adjusted for local purchasing power), standing just above Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and West Wales and The Valleys. In stark contrast, Inner London currently stands as the richest, most vibrant economic ...

Read More »

Ban warning for lazy dog owners

Dog owners spotted on CCTV not clearing their pets’ poo up will be banned from a Surfleet park, those that run it have said. The Surfleet Play and Recreation Charity (SPARC) says that an increase in dog owners not picking up poo on Glen Park has led to the measures. The group installed 12 CCTV cameras in the park three ...

Read More »

LETTERS – Checking could save a fortune

Always disgusted with crippling and unfair hospital car park charges, if you are visiting regularly (i.e. daily etc.) you may not be aware you can purchase a weekly ticket. For example, a recent visit to Queen Elizabeth King’s Lynn the pricing structure was as follows: up to two hours £2.60 and gave other quantities of hours up to 8-24 hours ...

Read More »

LETTERS – Food banks established in 2000

On the letters page on January 9 is a letter relating to food banks from I Sloan. Had the writer done some simple research they would have discovered that the first food bank was established in Salisbury in 2000. Coincidently, three years after Tony Blair and the Labour Party won the election of 1997. They remained on power until 2010 ...

Read More »

LETTERS – Wrong to blame the Tories

I agree with I Sloan in last week’s Voice, in that food banks should be totally unnecessary in the 21st century. However, I think it’s wrong to simply blame the Tories and Universal Credit. In 2004, Gordon Brown, Labour’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced plans to cut 30,000 civil service jobs in the Department for Work and Pensions. And so ...

Read More »

LETTERS – Fly tip must have been commercial

A serious fly tipping incident at Crowland Highbank half a mile past the Green Bridge and kennels heading towards Crowland on the right hand side had to be tipped by a commercial vehicle, too much for a car or small van. Jim Thackrayvia email

Read More »

LETTERS – I hope who took them is proud

I’m 80 years old and went to Tesco in Holbeach on Friday, January 2. I paid for three purchases on the self-check out that came just to £3.60. Unfortunately my mind was elsewhere and absent mindedly, I left the items behind. It wasn’t until the next day that I realised what I’d done. I rang up the store to see ...

Read More »

LETTERS – Can Tories justify food banks?

Another interesting letter from Mr Sadd detailing the harsh facts of Conservative inspired austerity (02/01/20). Unfortunately it seems that most voters appreciate neither facts nor evidence, preferring instead puerile slogans and false promises. In the same issue Mr Barnes wrote in a similar vein and referred to demoralised public servants. May I quote Noam Chomsky: “The standard technique of privatization: ...

Read More »

LETTERS – Support by shopping locally

The crisis in the High Street will last into 2020 as shops try to fight rising costs and the move to online shopping continues, experts have warned. By the end of 2019 chains shed 8,000 stores and 85,000 jobs, with retail experts predicting the bloodbath will continue at the same pace during 2020. The period immediately after the golden quarter ...

Read More »

LETTER: Helped to increase majority

I feel I should write at this moment in time to congratulate Messrs Meekings and MacDonald for their campaign over the last three years in the local press. Their dogged repeating of their ideology every other week in the local press (and mostly once in between) enabled John Hayes to increase his majority by over 6,000 votes! This is with ...

Read More »

LETTER: You got what you voted for

Complaints have already started, days after the election, moaning about car parking charges doubled – next it will be about the state of the roads, four-hour waits for the ambulance service to arrive, street lights being turned off at night, not seeing a police officer for months on end, homeless people, food banks and poverty, the list goes on and ...

Read More »

LETTER: Read letter to check it wasn’t joke

I have just come across the letter by Charles Acland in the last edition of The Voice. I read it three or four times to check it was not a joke, then checked the calender, no it’s not April 1. Are Mr Sadd and Mr Meekings thoughts so misguided? Let’s look at the last ten years of Tory government. First ...

Read More »

LETTER: Pleased I voted for change

As central government cuts have led to a 17 per cent fall in council spending on local services in England since the Conservatives came to power in 2010. Between then and the end of the decade, grant funding for councils in England has been reduced by £16 billion and there have also been significant cuts for councils in Wales and ...

Read More »

LETTER: Well done to the Jolly Farmer

This is the season to eat and be merry. As a diabetic I often get dismayed that restaurants and eating places do not cater for my condition and are unable to provide sugar-free puddings. It is with great delight that when visiting The Jolly Farmer at Moulton Chapel for a Christmas lunch they cooked me a low sugar /sugar-free pudding. ...

Read More »

LETTER: Biased against the Tory party

Each week I read all of the readers letters in The Voice. I find that Rodney Sadd and Alan Meekings do make some interesting comments but that they are completely biased against the Tory Party. Despite their anti Brexit stance myself and 33,337 people completely disregarded their advice and voted Tory. Only 6,500 decided to take the advice of Mr ...

Read More »