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Staff shortages force bus company to announce reduced weekend timetable on several routes

Bus services in South Holland are to be reduced at weekends due to the current driver shortage. Brylaine has announced a number of its services, including the F42 Spalding Town and B15 and K59 Spalding to Boston lines, will run on a reduced time table from November 6 until at least January 31, 2022. The company says its taken the ...

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Fundraising carries on in Teresa’s name

Nearly £3,000 has been raised in memory of a Weston woman who died in a road traffic collision Teresa Walton (55) had spent the last two years raising money for Breast Cancer Now after being diagnosed with the condition following a routine mammogram in July 2019, just two days after her son Sam got married. She was given the all ...

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Flooding risk of dumping rubbish

Flytipping into drainage dykes around South Holland could cause major flooding problems in the winter. A group of regular litter-pickers is warning that with the onset of winter, blocking the drains with dumped rubbish could see serious issues with drainage. The Saturday Crew of the Wombles of Spalding Common has moved a huge amount of illegally dumped rubbish including 16 ...

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Thanks from USA veteran friends

Fleet Hargate’s Harold Payne has received a special thank-you for his support of American veterans ahead of a meeting this week about a Remembrance Sunday parade through Holbach. The owner of the Anglia Motel received a surprise visit from Jonathan John with a plaque from the American Legion Post 300. Jonathan and his daughter Claire Brooks, who lives in Fleet, ...

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Ghoulish garden boost for charity

A Halloween mad man is to raise money for a charity that brings cancer care closer to home throughout Lincolnshire and is helping prolong the life of his uncle. Jamie Knight is set to once again deck his Cathedral Drive front garden out with all kinds of spooky treats. But this year’s fundraiser is particularly poignant for him as he’ll ...

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HGV concerns spark meeting plan

A public meeting is being held for Gedney Dyke residents amid concerns a nearby planning application could lead to more HGVs driving through the village. JEPCO has submitted an application to South Holland District Council for a glasshouse and associated buildings and infrastructure at Norfolk House Farm on Main Road in Gedney Drove End. Among the objectors is Coun Jo ...

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Award for council homes

A council-owned housing development has won a building award. South Holland District Council won the Building Excellence Award for the homes in Small Drove, Weston. It was for the best large social housing development in the region. Presented by the East Midlands Local Authority Building Control, the award was made for the council’s flagship redevelopment. “I hope this development proves ...

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New manager for markets?

A new manager is set to be appointed to look after the South Holland’s markets. But while pitch fees in Spalding are set to fall 63 per cent, Long Sutton traders’ fees will rise 67 per cent. The fees, which will be subject to annual review, are designed to ‘provide a simple model’, according to a report due to go ...

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Sutton Bridge shop has licence revoked after illegal worker sold 15-year-olds alcohol

A Sutton Bridge shop where 15-year-olds were served alcohol by an illegal worker has had its licence revoked. South Holland District Council’s Licencing Panel has revoked the premises licence of City Stores in Bridge Road held by Arumugam Sarankan following a hearing today (Wednesday, October 20). The report by the police to the council states that on August 24, two ...

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Run inspired by weight loss

A Spalding woman has taken part in her first marathon after losing nearly six stone in weight. Jennifer Maltby had taken up running to help her lose the weight. And last week she completed the Manchester Marathon raising over £400 for Cancer Research UK in the process. She chose that charity in memory of her uncle Michael who passed away ...

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Question over footfall counters

The spending of £15,000 on counting people attending events in Spalding and Holbeach has been defended. South Holland District Council officers have agreed to spend the money granted as part of around £85,000 funding provided by the government’s Welcome Back fund. What the council describes as ‘a local data company’ will “install, manage and monitor four footfall counters for a ...

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Recognition for police life-saver

A Spalding-based police officer has been nominated for a national award for risking his life by pulling a trapped motorist to safety. PC Phil McAllister jumped into the water and smashed the window of David Anthony’s car to rescue the 60-year-old from the freezing cold dyke by Glenside in West Pinchbeck shortly before 5am on December 7 last year. He’s ...

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Fire crews called to Spalding home as oven catches fire

Fire crews were called to a house in Spalding last night (Tuesday) after unattended cooking caught alight. Crews attended a property in Fulney Lane South at around 6.30pm after the blaze was started by food being left unattended. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said: “There was severe fire damage to 50 per cent of the grill and contents ...

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Work to fix A151 at Pode Hole set for November

Long awaited work to reconstruct the A151 at Pode Hole is to take place next month. Lincolnshire County Council has announced the works will include night-time closures (6pm and 6am) for five evenings starting on Monday November 8, along with daytime closures for the final surfacing on two Sundays November 14 and 21 (6am to 6pm), subject to weather. Temporary ...

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Sutton Bridge shop’s licence under review after illegal worker sold alcohol to teens

A Sutton Bridge shop is facing a review of its licence after a man whose work visa had expired seven years ago served 15-year-olds alcohol. City Stores in Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge will go before South Holland District Council’s Licencing Panel next week following a sting operation by Lincolnshire Police. The licence for the shop has been held by Arumugam ...

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Fund set up in memory of breast cancer survivor who died in road accident

A fundraiser set up for the family of a woman who died in a road traffic collision has raised more than £2,000 in less than a day. Teresa Walton has been named locally as the cyclist who died following a collision with a tractor in Weston Hills on Tuesday evening (October 13). For the past two years she’d been raised ...

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Long Sutton couple fined for helping dig up 8,000 wild bluebells

A Long Sutton couple have been fined £200 each for their part in digging up 8,000 bluebells from woodland in Norfolk. Native English bluebells are legally protected and intentionally uprooting them is against the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday that the UK has more than half the world’s population of bluebells and the ...

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Sutton Bridge man jailed for part in brawl

A 26-year-old Sutton Bridge man has been jailed for his part in a mass brawl in front of shoppers. The punch-up involving several men began after a row in King’s Lynn’s Primark spilled outside. Dean Kirk traded blows with two East Europeans and others who waded in but came off worst, a court was told. Witnesses inside and outside the ...

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Foodbanks braced with rising prices set to hit families hard

Rocketing energy costs, the reduction of Universal Credit and the ending of the furlough scheme are all combining to add pressure to foodbanks in South Holland. With increases of up to 70 per cent in the price of energy, some families will be choosing whether to heat or eat this winter, with more using voluntary foodbanks to help them get ...

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CQC raise concerns over residents’ care at Spalding home

Staff at a Spalding care home failed to spot abuse through neglect and inspectors made safeguarding alerts after visiting, says a recent report. The Care Quality Commission report into Southernwood House, Matmore Gate, said one resident was ‘severely underweight’ and their nutritional intake record was incomplete. The unannounced visit took place on July 21 but there had been no assessment ...

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