REVIEW OF THE YEAR: FEBRUARY

CQC award for Holbeach Hospital'Staff, residents and manager Lorrianne Wigston (centre right) by certificate display in foyer ENGANL00120140702125819
CQC award for Holbeach Hospital'Staff, residents and manager Lorrianne Wigston (centre right) by certificate display in foyer ENGANL00120140702125819

Glowing care report for Holbeach

Staff at Holbeach and East Elloe Hospital Trust at Holbeach were celebrating after receiving a glowing report on all aspects of care.

The Care Quality Commission had ruled Holbeach Hospital met requirements in staffing, care, management of medicines, respect and welfare of users and monitoring quality of service.

o Hundreds of new jobs were on the cards for Spalding as a result of a state of the art business park on the edge of town. The Lincs Gateway Business Park proposal consisted of high quality commercial buildings, a new major conference centre, hotel restaurant and petrol station on land just off the A16 towards Cowbit.

* A doting brother launched an appeal for help with a mercy mission to bring his sick sister home from the Dominican Republic for lifesaving treatment.

Wayne Ridley of Moulton Chapel was hoping to raise enough money to bring his sister Joy McKechnie home. Joy had suffered three major heart attacks within months.

* The new Polish Christian Church in Spalding was hoping to reach out to the town’s “lost” community after celebrating its first adult baptisms.

* Spalding’s derelict tax office and historic Holland House were to be transformed into apartments and houses, it was announced.

* Strong winds brought chaos to people in South Holland with power cuts, fallen trees and branches reported across the area.

* Dykes and drains saved South Holland farmers from the worst effects of the flooding crisis of the early part of the year, said Ian Stancer, then chairman of NFU Holland (Lincolnshire) branch.

* Driving instructors in the Spalding area launched a campaign to bring back Spalding Test Centre, which had closed in 2008.

* After a brief closure, one of Spalding’s oldest licensed premises re-opened following a substantial investment by its owners.

The Pied Calf in Sheepmarket had a whole new layout after the work to alter the outdated interior.

* A grandmother from Sutton Bridge was funding her own legal battle against South Holland District Council.

Pensioner Shirley Giles took action when her parish council pulled the plug on its fight to stop a £165million gasifier being built at Wingland.Shirley feared the gasifier would harm air quality.