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First international contract for high–flying drone company

A Spalding company has been awarded a dream contract taking pictures in the Philippines. Lincolnshire Drones was given a two-week contract to take aerial images of the island of Palawan. Pilot Steve Timewell has recently returned from the job which was commissioned by a travel company. He took two drones with him on the company’s first ever international contract. One ...

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The implications of Brexit on economy discussed at Long Sutton forum

A group dedicated to social cohesion has drawn upon leaders in business, politics and religion for its first meeting discussing the implications of the EU referendum. Social Issues in South Lincolnshire, a group run by Father Jonathan Sibley of St Mary’s Church, Long Sutton, met at Long Sutton Market House to discuss the economic implications of Brexit. Speakers included Lincolnshire ...

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Grant offer to help businesses grow

Financial help is on offer to local businesses which are looking to expand. Up to £25,000 can be claimed from the Grants 4 Growth project being operated via South Holland District Council. The project is managed and delivered by the council’s Inward Investment Service. The European money is available to eligible businesses which are helping the region’s economy. It has ...

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Pinchbeck supermarket plans for home shopping service

Supermarket company Morrisons is hoping to expand its Pinchbeck store. It has submitted a planning application to provide additional floor area for a home shopping service. Documents from architects Whittam Cox show proposals to build an extension on the store for storage and loading purposes. The site is located within the existing service area to the rear of the store ...

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Supermarket helps Spalding school allotments

Primary school pupils helped celebrate the opening of Spalding’s newly extended Aldi store by attending the opening ceremony to receive a donation to support the school’s allotments. Aldi store manager Hayley Rowson said: “The team here at Spalding thoroughly enjoyed welcoming the community back into our newly extended store; it was great to see familiar faces, and some new ones. ...

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Betty Barclay and Caffé Nero for Springfields centre this autumn

Springfields outlet shopping centre will welcome women’s fashion retailer Betty Barclay and Italian coffee specialists Caffé Nero this autumn. The Betty Barclay unit at 4,000 sq ft will be the company’s largest outlet store in the UK. Caffé Nero will join existing big name coffee brands Costa and Starbucks already at the Spalding shopping location.

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Schoolchildren to help re-open Spalding Aldi store

A Spalding superstore is due to re-open its tomorrow (Thursday, September 28) after a refurbishment and extension. Children from St John the Baptist Primary will be part of the celebrations at Aldi on St Thomas Road when they help to officially cut the ribbon. The green-fingered pupils will receive a donation of gardening materials from the store to help maintain ...

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Vintage shop with hair and make-up salon coming soon to Spalding

Dance tutors and events company Boston Jive continue to expand their retro offerings with the opening of a new shop in Spalding. Opening on Friday, October 6, Vera Rose House of Vintage is suitably decked out in 40s and 50s furniture and sells retro clothes in the boutique shop. There is also a hair and make-up salon and a the ...

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Suzanne celebrates 40 years hairdressing with Pinchbeck charity tea party

Hairdresser Suzanne Kinane-Waltham will celebrate 40 years of hairdressing with a charity tea party this Saturday (September 23). The event takes place at Killenaule Hair Studio, Knight Street, Pinchbeck. The party starts at 1.30pm and ends at 4.30. Entertainment on the day will include a raffle, tombola, a sweetie trolley, Pims, sandwiches and cakes. Suzanne says: “To all clients past ...

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Real ale campaigners CAMRA name South Holland’s best beer pubs

Four pubs in South Holland have been listed in the 2018 Good Beer Guide. They feature in the 45th edition of the Good Beer Guide, published by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Two pubs are highlighted as beer-lover destinations in the prestigious guide book, along with pubs in Donington and Gosberton Risegate. In Spalding, The Priors Oven and Drayman’s ...

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Lidl sets its sights on old Welland Hospital site in Spalding

Supermarket giant Lidl has announced plans for a new multi-million pound store in Spalding – creating up to 40 new jobs. The German company already has a store in the town, but is aiming to completely redevelop the site of the former Welland Hospital. The company describes the development as a “sustainable” store with 1,331msq of sales area. It will ...

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Weston’s village pub set to stay open

The Chequers pub in Weston is to remain open until at least the end of the year. Owner Robert Oldershaw contacted The Voice to say a previous report that it was closing (August 24) was not completely correct. Mr Oldershaw said the pub is keeping the same staff and for the immediate future is not closing. A blog post on ...

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Stroke victim rebuilds life with furniture skill

A stroke patient is launching into a new life after losing everything at the age of 40. Ian Blache had an 11-year career in youth justice when he suffered a major stroke at the relatively young age. It completely changed his life and put him on the road to launching a new business to rebuild a future. “I lost everything ...

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Weston looks set to lose its only pub and a farm shop

A village pub is set to close its doors two years after it was bought by a local company in a bid to save it from closure. The Chequers is the only pub in Weston and the village will be left with just a shop. Wimberley Hall Farm Shop in the village is also closing this weekend. “We have a ...

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Spalding cafe opens doors for business with St Barnabas

Spalding’s newest cafe opened its doors for business and will be raising money to help a good cause. South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes was on-hand to officiate at the first St Barnabas cafe. A queue of around 60 people were waiting for the first day of trading. The cafe opened at the weekend in the shop’s new ...

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Food and crafts set for Holbeach’s first Saturday market

Holbeach is to host its first Saturday market in Church Street. This Saturday (Aug 19), the monthly market launches with a range of stalls. “We have crafts and food at present, including cards, gifts, retro items, furniture and cakes,” said Holbeach Parish Councillor Isobel Hutchinson. It is hoped the market will not only please Holbeach shoppers but also encourage traders. ...

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Spalding restaurant Amici in line for regional award

A Spalding Italian restaurant could be about to win a regional award. Amici Restaurant, in Vine Street, has been selected for the final of the first East Midlands Awards 2017 in the Italian Restaurant of the Year category. The finalists have been chosen on the number of nominations received from customers online, via email and social media. Amici owner Ivan ...

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New homes to rent are fully occupied

The first homes offered for rent by Welland Homes are now fully occupied. The company was set up by South Holland District Council to provide rented homes across the district. It works in partnership with building firm D&R Homes and the Walters Close development in Spalding is now fully let. “It is a very attractive development built to an excellent ...

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Local skills and transport shortfalls hinder Lincolnshire businesses

More than half of Lincolnshire’s biggest businesses have highlighted a lack of skills as being a problem in the region. In the study by business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP, more than a third of businesses also said the county’s transport and infrastructure systems must improve if they are to continue to grow. Some 53 per cent of ...

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Care company still needs to improve

A South Holland care company is continuing to breach legal requirements and has been issued with warning notices. Atlas Care Services was inspected last year and four breaches were revealed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors. A follow-up inspection was conducted in June to check the company had followed its plan to meet the requirements. This report has just ...

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