I took this photo in Dublin recently. How many are actually working?
Maj-Gen Dick Gerrard-Wright (1930-2012)
Maj-Gen Dick Gerrard-Wright was a talented officer and natural leader who dealt with exacting postings in Kenya and Northern Ireland.
Richard Eustace John Gerrard-Wright was born on May 9 1930 at Woolsthorpe-By-Belvoir Rectory, the son of the rector and chaplain to the Duke of Rutland.
He was educated at Christ’s Hospital before going to RMA Sandhurst. Commissioned in 1949, he served with the 1st Battalion Royal Lincolnshire Regiment in the Suez Canal Zone and Germany and then in Malaya during the Communist insurgency. He was mentioned in despatches.
After The Royal Lincolns were amalgamated with the Northamptonshire Regiment to form the 2nd East (later Royal) Anglian Regiment and, after returning to Sandhurst as an instructor, he served with this battalion in Germany.
In 1963, after passing the Staff College examination, he attended the Indian Defence Services Staff College in south India.
Gerrard-Wright then became brigade major of the 70th (East African) Brigade in Kenya.
He sat in on cabinet meetings chaired by Jomo Kenyatta and played an important part in preparing the brigade for its role as the basis for the newly independent Kenya army. He was appointed MBE.
In 1966 he moved to Malaysia on being appointed brigade major of 28th (Commonwealth) Brigade.
Gerrard-Wright adopted a pet monkey, called Psmith, whom he promoted lance-corporal. The creature occasionally lost its temper and one day climbed to the top of a tent, where it vented its rage on the occupants by sprinkling them with talcum powder. Psmith was immediately reduced to the ranks.
In 1970 Gerrard-Wright took command of the Royal Anglian Regiment. Two operational tours in Northern Ireland at a time of increasing violence established him as a first-rate battalion commander.
At the end of his tour he was appointed OBE and again mentioned in despatches.
A staff appointment at HQ I (British) Corps in Germany was followed by a return to Northern Ireland in command of 39 Infantry Brigade. He was advanced to CBE in 1977 and attended the Canadian National Defence College, Ontario.
In 1979 Gerrard-Wright returned to HQ 1 (British) Corps as Chief of Staff. He was promoted major-general the following year upon becoming GOC Eastern District. After a spell at the MoD as Director TA and Cadets, in 1985 he was appointed CB on retiring from the Army.
John Still (1543-1608)
Grantham-born, after finishing his schooling at The King’s School, John Still became a student at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a BA in 1562, MA in 1565, and DD degree in 1575.
He was appointed in 1570 Lady Margaret’s Professor of Divinity, subsequently held livings in Suffolk (where he was Archdeacon of Sudbury from 1576 to 1593) and Yorkshire, and was master successively of St John’s College and of Trinity College.
He was vice-chancellor of his university in 1575/6 and again in 1592/3, and appointed Bishop of Bath and Wells in 1593.
In 1604 he purchased the manor of Hutton, Somerset, east of Wells and to the west of the Mendip Hills, with its residence of Hutton Court.
He made a fortune from lead mines discovered in the Mendips.
Still is generally credited with writing one of the earliest English comedy plays, Gammer Gurton’s Needle although in his lifetime, as a serious churchman , he did not want to be associated with buffoonery
John Still married twice, firstly to Anne Alabaster (d1592), daughter of a cloth merchant of Hadleigh, Suffolk
He then wed Jane Horner, daughter of Sir John Horner of Mells Manor, Somerset, High Sheriff of Somerset.
IAN William (Pugsy or Pugsly) Parker is one of those people whom everyone seems to know and fits the title of ‘well-known local character’.
Brought up in Great Humby, he attended various schools including Ropsley, St Anne’s, Little Gonerby, National and the Boys Central before going to Trent Polytechnic.
He started out as an apprentice printer at Palmers, Swinegate, then on to Morton’s Printers at Sleaford.
Then he took a variety of jobs. He was a porter at the Angel and Royal,worked in the kitchen and on the petrol pumps at Motorstop before working for Robert Macgregor’s civil engineering. He worked for English Brothers, Coles Cranes, Storage and Haulage, Frostlink, DJ Macallum, Reads can-makers, and Chandlers Farm Equipment.
And has never been sacked.
Played for several football clubs, as well as cricket for Welby, Great Ponton (once player of the year) and few times for Grantham when they were short.
He also turned out for the Police. He played darts for Wagon & Horses and Shirley Croft winning the B League with both, also Kontaks Singles league, One season he got the highest finish against Frank Abblitt with 164.
He now plays for the Three Gables in the C League having won D League last season. He also plays golf at Belton Park, but only for fun. Pugsey was part of the early 70s Scene Mod With Lambretta Sx 200.
He had an ability to make everyone laugh so never really had any issues making friends. Following Nottingham Forest was a passion in his life, Even getting married on Forest’s furthest away game on Easter Saturday 1974 (they lost 2-0 at Carlisle – ruined his honeymoon).
He was also at Brian Clough’s debut and final Forest games. He has helped raise money for many causes, from a child in the 1970s who needed a bionic hand to the Cree Centre when he work at Coles Cranes.
A massive heart attack in 1999, when he was taken under the wing of Glenfield Hospital, Leicester (to whom he is eternally grateful), was a life-changing moment.
Although he had a part-time spell at a local Undertakers he has been unable to find employment. He joined his wife Sue, a florist, and together they run the business. He said: “In the years since my heart attack, I have learned so much, with helping my wife to in all aspects of floristry. I have found my outgoing personality my life’s strength.
“If the rest of my life is making people smile then i will be a happy man.” In 2001 Pugseywas approached By Vince Mapletoft to see if he wanted to help on his telephone lines on Gravity FM, From Vince he moved on to Willie Mac’s phones then on to co-presenter, and this became the biggest show ever broadcast on Gravity.
The listenership was Fantastic. Both Willy and Pugsey raised some great amounts of money for the Station not in the hundreds but the thousands.
Then one day a spot became available for a presenter and Willy suggested him for it. When Gravity went full time his show was called Pugsey’s World and after a few co-presenters along Linda Graves and the show took of big time.
Sometimes it was manic. Then a combination of his pride and risqué comments, brought about his departure following a board meeting.
It may have been curtains for Pugsey’s World, but the world of Pugsey continues apace.
He joined Newark community radio but in September 2018 made his return to Gravity FM. But earlier this year, he left the world of local radio rather rapidly…
Watch this space.
Anne Abbott (1931-2013)
Miss (Elizabeth) Anne Abbott, who lived for many years in Gladstone Terrace, Grantham, with her partner Alan Hubbard, was born at Eaton.
She attended Cairn Holt Kindergarten, in Melton Mowbray, and when the school closed at the outbreak of war, she went to the Grammar School a year early at the age of eight.
While at Melton Mowbray and later at Overstone School, Anne developed a real lasting love for music and particularly for singing and the piano.
Her first solo performance was in her village church at Branston at the age of 16.
On leaving school Anne continued her musical education with weekly lessons in Nottingham from Madame Lehaye for singing and Louden Merry for piano and then later in London by the famous pianist and teacher Prof Max Pirani.
Leyland White, a baritone who was a regular performer at the Proms in the late 1920s and early 30s also provided Anne with additional singing tuition.
A piano first arrived at the family home for her sisters Pat and Jean to practice on when Anne was only eight, but it didn’t take Anne long to monopolise it.
Her practice would start and finish with Drink to me Only with thine Eyes – Anne always taught he pupils to sing with their eyes.
In chance meeting while singing with the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra, Anne met a member of the newly formed Cambridge University Operatic Society who were looking for a soprano to take the lead role in Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Sir John in Love.
This subsequently led on to an invitation to perform in The Rakes Progress, at Cambridge, in December 1956, the first performance of this opera in England.
Vaughan-Williams was the President of the University Operatic Society and Anne was the fortunate recipient of a Vaughn-Williams bursary which allowed her to she gain additional tutoring with Paul Hamburger to perfect her German operatic singing and also with Melee for Italian and French singing.
She then progressed to a role at the Sadlers Wells in a Tale of Two Cities and found herself on the front cover of the magazine Opera in September 1957.
After that she played the role of Pamina in the Magic Flute at Birmingham, Mimi in La Boheme at the Royal Festival Hall and has even performed with Janet Baker in an oratorio at Nottingham. Other Cambridge performances include Rolf Liebemann’s School for Wives and Carl Orff’s Catulli Carmina in which Anne is described as “wide eyed and nimble witted” in her presentation.
Just before her 21st birthday Anne was given a grand piano by her father and thus began her teaching career which spans an incredible 60 years, starting at the age of 21 and continuing to teach right up to end of May this year.
It is as though Anne lived to teach, initially the piano and then later singing. Anne has always taught around the Grantham area and it is for her excellent and enthusiastic teaching that Anne will be most remembered and missed.
While teaching, Anne continued her singing career up to at least 1979.
Anne has sung on many occasions in the Grantham area most notably in Handel’s Messiah to celebrate the Quincentenary of the granting of the Town’s Charter in 1963 at St Wulfram’s Church, enjoyed by an audience of over 700.
It was very fitting that on the 50th year celebration of the Grantham Choral Society that one of Anne’s pupils, Nicola Pulford, sang the same role.
Anne was a member of the Grantham Music Club, and was one of the cornerstones of the Grantham Music Festival which also started in 1963.
She became a valued member of the organising committee finding adjudicators and choosing set pieces as well as being a great force in later years in keeping the festival going and introducing new committee members.
Anne never married or had children of her own, but she was loved by all her pupils, like an honorary “Mr Chips”.
Several of Anne’s pupils rose to national and even international status which gave her huge satisfaction, including the world-famous Wagnerian soprano Jane Eaglen and Grantham’s Nicola Pulford.
One of the greatest highlights in Anne’s life was watching a former pupil perform.
Rev John Mirehouse (1839-1910)
THE Rev John Mirehouse was a controversial clergyman, even 60 after his death.
When his adopted village Colsterworth wanted to name a road after him, by changing Woodlands Drive to Mirehouse Drive but residents felt houses wouldn’t sell with such an unfortunate name.
The son of incumbent Rev William Squires Mirehouse, he was Rector of Colsterworth for 45 years.
Born in Hambrook, Gloucestershire, he was educated at Harrow and Clare College, Cambridge, where took his BA.degree 1861, and a Masters four years later.
In 1862, he was admitted to the diaconate by the Archbishop of York, and received priest’s orders the following year, at the hands of the Bishop Gloucester and Bristol. His only curacy was at Fishponds, near Bristol.
In 1864, he succeeded his father (who had held the living since 1826) at Colsterworth.
At the time he was probably the youngest rector in England.
He built Colsterworth House, and remained there until his death – yet even that was controversial. He let the church-owned rectory fall into ruin and it had to be pulled down.
He enjoyed robust health until April, 1904, when paralytic seizure partially incapacitated him. At length, ne became totally unable to officiate, and, accordingly, resigned the living in 1909, being succeeded by the Rev. G. Mahon.
Mr Mirehouse was a remarkable man. He held strong opinions many subject and consequently frequently came into conflict with his militant non-conformist parishioners.
He caused a stir in 1867 when he refused to bury a young child who had been baptised by a non-comformist minister.
When the funeral party arrived at the churchyard for the interment, the gates had been locked by the rector who refused them access until they produced a baptism certificate. Even then he still kept them waiting.
The vicar finally relented after the child’s mother, Mrs Maddison, fainted in the street.
Mr. Mirehouse owned an estate near Bristol, and Hambrook Hall was his property.
As rector the parish, which included Woolsthorpe, where Isaac Newton was born, Mr. Mirehouse in 1871 published a genealogy of which only 50 copies were published.
He was a devoted follower of the Belvoir and Cottesmore Hounds and as keen cricket fan, he was for years a member of the MCC and missed very few Oxford v. Cambridge matches.
He was chairman of the Parish Council, and member for many years of the Grantham Board of Guardians.
But he fell out with the Guardians at Grantham Workhouse in 1882 when he refused to bury a pauper.
The Guardians claimed the man was from Colsterworth, and just happened to die at the workhouse after staying overnight, but the Rev Mirehouse demanded a £2.10 burial fee.
Secretary Mr Holman said: “He had never slept in Grantham before he came to the workhouse. It is not right for Grantham people to pay for the burial as he is from Colsterworth.”
But Mr Mirehouse refuted the claims saying his actions were justified saying: “It should not be the custom for the cost to fall on my parishioners.”
The body was buried at Grantham cemetery, but guardians had to pay double the usual 34p fee.
Then two years later he was ‘severely censured’ by a Westminster coroner for sending the body of a stillborn girl to the Home secretary in a starch box.
He said the child’s parents had asked him what was to be done with the body, as the churchyard was closed by order council.
Having no burial place, the rector sent it to the Home Secretary to call his attention to the matter, not mentioning it to the parents who assumed it would be buried in a nearby village.
Mirehouse said they had to beg to have their dead buried in a neighbouring burying-ground.
He offered full and ample apology but the coroner disallowed the expenses for the Rector and his witnesses journey to London.
Fond of horses he was bitterly hostile to motorcars, and whenever he drove along country roads in a coach, he would remonstrate with drivers of these ‘contraptions’.
The world’s gone mad – at least this country’s courts have!
Colin Young (b1967)
COLIN is a well known face among lunchtime viewers, often being either the expert or the auctioneer in BBC’s Bargain Hunt.
Indeed the show is frequently broadcast from his auction room on Old Wharf Road.
Born at Peterborough General and brought up inThurlby, near Bourne, he still lives in the area.
Colin joined the profession in 1986 and trained with Lyall & Co (Later Richardsons) in Bourne.
In 1989 he joined Golding’s as Saleroom Manager at the age of 21. Since 1994, when the saleroom split from the estate agency side of the business, he has been Golding Young’s (later Golding Young Mawer) principal auctioneer and valuer.
He is a Fellow of the National Association of Valuers & Auctioneers and serves on the 2010/11 Executive Committee.
In 1996 he became the ISVA Young Auctioneer of the Year as well three-times runner-up.
He is a Professional Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, qualifying as a Chartered Art & Antiques Surveyor.
He was the 2003 recipient of the Antiques Trade Gazette Prize for professional assessment.
And as well as his TV work, he’s a regular on Radio Lincolnshire.
With over 20 years’ experience Colin has sold an A-Z of items ranging from antiques to zoo animals!
That’s more than one million lots under the hammer.
Lady Theresa Manners (b1962)
Lady Helen Theresa Margaret Manners is the former lead singer of the short-lived 1980s British rock band The Business Connection, which was founded by the Marquess of Worcester.
Born at Belvoir Castle, the daughter of the 10th Duke of Rutland, she went to London at 15, after a proper upbringing at St Mary’s Convent, Ascot.
She then enrolled at City and Guilds of London Art School, Manners having been painting since she was 11.
She married Dr John Chipman, director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, at St Mary’s Church, Bottesford, in 1997.
The Business Connection was no a common band. The business at hand is pure rock ‘n’ roll, garage-style, but they do it with class.
There’s one lord a-drumming, an earl’s nephew strumming, a marquess lead singing, a lord tenor saxing and—writhing, shrieking, waving and simply twisting the night away—the stunning Lady (Helen) Teresa Margaret Manners.
Because of her association with such a ‘lively’ band, she was nicknamed the Titled Tart.
The band performed only twice for the general public—to the cheers of 2,000 people at London’s Hippodrome and a good crowd at the Hammersmith Palais.
But they were the toast of the upper-crust London party scene.
Theresa was cover girl for the society mag Tatler, a vodka company’s calendar girl, and Lord Snowdon snapped her for Vogue.
Arthur Percival (1911-1979)
ARTHUR Hosea Percival was the founding father of Grantham Model Aircraft Society.
Later a life member, under his chairmanship the club grew to become the largest of its kind in the UK.
He was also an active member of Grantham Angling Association.
Born at Maxey, near Peterborough, he came to Grantham in 1932 to join auctioneers and estate agents Escritt and Barrell.
After a serving in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War, he joined Prudential Insurance as a superintendent.
He then joined East Midland Farmers as grain manager before retiring.
William Watkins (1834-1936)
WILLIAM Watkins was born in Worcestershire and was articled to architect Henry Day between 1854-59, then moved to Lincoln as assistant to Henry Goddard from 1860-64.
He then opened his own practice in the city and one of his first commissions was design a Guildhall for Grantham.
A century later, the president of RIBA, Grantham-born Maxwell Hutchinson, described the building as ‘a municipal joke’.
No matter, Watkins went on to design many more public buildings in the county.
He went into partnership with his son ‘Willie’ Watkins in 1898, and William retired in 1918 – well into his eighties.
He died aged 102.
Police are warning all men who frequent clubs, parties & local pubs to be alert and stay cautious when offered a drink by any woman.
Many females use a date-drug on the market called ‘real ale’.
The drug is found in liquid form and is available anywhere. It comes in bottles, cans, or from taps and in large kegs.
Beer is used by female sexual predators at parties and bars to persuade their male victims to go home and sleep with them.
A woman needs only to get a guy to consume a few units of Beer and then simply ask him home for no-strings-attached sex.
Men are rendered helpless against this approach. After several Beers , men will often succumb to the desires to sleep with horrific looking women to whom they would never normally be attracted.
After drinking Beer , men often awaken with only hazy memories of exactly what happened to them the night before, often with just a vague feeling that ‘something bad’ occurred.
At other times these unfortunate men are swindled out of their life’s savings, in a familiar scam known as ‘a relationship’. In extreme cases, the female may even be shrewd enough to entrap the unsuspecting male into a longer-term form of servitude and punishment referred to as ‘marriage’.
Men are much more susceptible to this scam after Beer is administered and sex is offered by the predatory females.
Please forward this warning to every male you know.
If you fall victim to this ‘Beer ‘ scam and the women administering it, there are male support groups where you can discuss the details of your shocking encounter with similarly victimized men.
For the support group nearest you, just look up ‘Golf Courses’ in the phone book.
For a video to see how Beer works click here:
(be sure to watch the video at the end)
Horace Hanks (1894- 1978 )
Cecil Charles Hanks, known as Horace, was born in Trunch, Norfolk, in 1895.
In the First World War he joined the Army in August 1914 and was a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery.
He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal after showing gallantry and devotion to duty and in 1918, by now a sergeant, he excelled himself in the Scarpe Valley.
While taking ammunition to the battery position on 2nd September, the leading team was caught in a hostile concentration of fire in Remy village, causing a blockage in the road.
Under shell-fire, Horace moved the dead horses and damaged wagon out of the way so the remainder of his column could pass. It was said by so doing he saved many more casualties.
After the war, he came to Grantham. He was employed at Pidcock’s Maltings, in Welham Street, for more than 40 years.
He was also a dedicated British Legion member and sold poppies outside the Granada for many years and later manned the poppy stall in front of the Sir Isaac Newton Statue on St. Peters Hill.
On parades through town, he usually led the colour party.
He enjoyed nothing more than a pint and a pipe of ‘baccy at the British Legion on a Saturday Night.
He lived at Harrow Street for most of his life, although later he was at Byron Close following the death of his wife.
Compiled with assistance of Peter Reichelt and the Hanks family
Wade Rowlett (1970- )
ALTHOUGH born in Plymouth, Wade Rowlett has spent most of his life in the Grantham area.
He grew up in Syston, was educated at Barkston & Syston primary school,
Then Kings School Grantham 1981-1986 although wasn’t invited to join the 6th Form.
Instead, he went on a prt time course at Grantham College from 1986-1990 gaining his ONC & HNC Building Construction before moving to Nottingham Trent University (part time) 1990-1993 for his Construction Management Degree.
He was appointed a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB) in 2004.
Wade worked my way through management structures of the National Builders & Material manufacturers until working for himself.
He formed his successful business Fairway Fixings in 2002 and established Fairway Contracting in 2005, which went in to liquidation in 2009.
His company won the Journal Small Business of the year 2004 while Wade became Journal Business Person of the year 2007
He joined the new Grantham Business Club in 2003, becoming joint chairman with Alastair Hawken 2006-7
His media work began in 1984 when he joined Radio Witham as part of a Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and stayed until 1994.
He is an original presenter on GCR (Grantham’s first radio station which lasted just a month on medium waveband)
Wade’s a founder member of Gravity FM, presenting Wade’s World and Newsweek until he retired” from broadcasting 2007.
He was MC at the Grantham Hospital protest in Wyndham Park, as well as GFEST music festival, Grantham College sports events, hair and fashion shows.
Wade has been a Governor at Grantham College since 2009 where he is studying for a post grad in education (part time) at Grantham College while
lecturing on the CIOB Diploma & Certificate insite management in the evenings
He likes to keep fit too having run a couple of half marathons in less than two hours, and is a sub 1 hour 15 sprint Triathlon “athlete” (swim 400m, ride 13 miles, run 3.1 miles).
He’s a veteran of the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest competition in Nottingham and bought a Cleveland bay cross hunter to improving his riding skills.
John Snell (1896-1985)
JOHN Edward Snell was an active worker for both the local Labour Party and local trade unionism.
A native of Great Gonerby, at one time he was a choirmaster at St Sebastian’s Church.
A millwright by trade, he worked for most of his life at Ruston & Hornsby, Grantham, although during the Depression of 1926, he cycled to Derby and Leicester for work.
He was a Labour Party member for 68 years as well as a member of the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) of which he was branch president for 46 years.
In Great Gonerby he was variously school manager, chairman of the parish council, chairman of the playing fields committee and secretary of the allotments association.
He was also chairman of the village’s Memorial Hall. And he still found time to serve on Kesteven County Council specialising in the welfare of mentally and physically handicapped children.