Bill Hutchins (1932-2012)
WILLIAM Hutchins, was born in Kirton End, near Boston, and had a twin sister, Winnie.
The family moved to Grantham and Bill was educated at Spitalgate School and then The King’s School, Grantham.
From from the age of 15 he worked at men’s outfitters George Mills, becoming manager. He was made redundant after 38 years and went on to work across the road at Pettits Audiovision until his retirement.
And if ever the word ‘dapper’ applied to anyone it was Bill, always immaculately turned out.
He lived at Cottesmore Close.
Fishing was one of his passions and also photography.
For many years he was secretary of Grantham Angling Association and was made a life member.
He was co-founder of Grantham Cine Society.
His other interests included the Local History Society and bird watching.
Mick Mullin (1957-2008)
Born at Dulwich Hospital, London, Michael Adolphus Mullin was the son of Oscar and Cora Mullin.
After leaving Charles Read School, Corby Glen, he worked at Vacu-Lug for the rest of his life.
He was well known on the local soccer pitches and played variously for, Grantham United, Lincoln City, Stamford, Harrowby United, Kontak and the White Lion.
He also enjoyed reading, watching films and all kinds of music. He had a vast knowledge of wildlife and general knowledge.
Mick is best remember for his broad smile and warm, friendly nature.
YOUNG people of the town made this satirical video to promote the town as part of the LOV Festival, Grantham. See if you agree!
Charles Manners, 10th Duke of Rutland (1919-1999)
Charles John Robert Manners, 10th Duke of Rutland was the son of John Manners, 9th Duke of Rutland.
He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, and became a captain in the Grenadier Guards.
He married, firstly, Anne Bairstow Cumming Bell, in 1946 and following their divorce in 1956 he married Frances Sweeny, two years later.
The Duke had one daughter by the first marriage (Lady Charlotte) and four by the second – David, Lord Robert who died in 1964 aged three, Lady Theresa and Lord Edward.
He became Duke in 1940, remaining in that role until his death.
In 1990 marked the rare feat of being a duke for 50 years with a 1,000-guest party at the family seat, Belvoir Castle
Novelist Dame Barbara Cartland once confessed: “When he was young, the duke was absolutely stunning the most attractive man I have seen in all my life. He is exactly the sort of man who appears as the hero in all my books.”
Despite his £100-million fortune, he once insisted that his slice of the Alliance & Leicester’s pay-out on converting from building society to bank should be bigger than that to smaller savers but his view proved to be a minority one.
The Duke displayed considerable business acumen, both in minerals and as proprietor of the leisure group Rutland Hotels Ltd.
A lifelong Conservative, from 1974 to 1977 he was chairman of Leicestershire County Council. But in politics too there was a touch of steel in his outlook: in the 1970s he threatened to lie down in front of bulldozers in the event (ultimately unrealised) of open-cast mining in the Vale of Belvoir; and in 1995 he led a group of peers being briefed by accountants on how to take precautions against politicians.
Edward Barford (1898-1979)
EDWARD James Barford was the head of engineering company Aveling Barford.
He was the grandson of the founder of Barford & Perkins, of Peterborough, pioneers in the development of internal combustion engine road rollers.
In the First World War he enlisted at the age of 17 as a private while at Rugby public school. By the age of 20 he was an acting-major.
Twice wounded and severely gassed, he was twice mentioned in despatches and was awarded the Military Cross.
His business career began in 1922 with Agricultural and General Engineers Ltd, a group of long established family engineering businesses into which Barford & Perkins had been merged. It was the largest group of its kind in the country.
After a rapid rise in the organisation, which included a spell as head of exporting, he became personal assistant to the chairman.
He became increasingly dissatisfied with poor management and a lack of policy and was soon expressing his views publically.
At a shareholders meeting, he managed to instigate a ballot that led to the resignations of all the other directors. This led to a lack of confidence in the company and the receivers were called in.
Despite being several thousands of pounds in debt, he managed to raise enough cash to revitalise Barford & Perkins and well as that of Rochester-based Aveling and Porter, the steam roller manufacturer.
The businesses were merged and encouraged by a council pledge to build homes for essential workers (Walton Gardens) he moved his business to Grantham in 1933/34 on a site at the top of Houghton Road, surplus to Ruston & Hornsby’s requirements. It was a condition that they bought R&H engines for their plant.
Within three years, it was trading profitably and just before the outbreak of the Second World War, it was turned into a public company, paying off all its debts.
He was also a Lloyds underwriter.
- It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
- Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years .
- Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end .
- If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
- Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of tobacco-related diseases.
- Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.
- Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.
- The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.
- Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.
- Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450F.
- The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.
- Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.
- The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.
- Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.
- The University of Alaska spans four time zones.
- The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.
- In ancient Greece , tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.
- Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.
- Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
- A comet’s tail always points away from the sun.
- The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.
- Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that
- is why it is found in some medicines.
- The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.
- If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.
- When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.
- In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.
- Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.
- Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.
- The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.
- The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.
- Due to earth’s gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.
- Mickey Mouse is known as “Topolino” in Italy.
- Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.
- Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.
- For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.
- The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.
This is worth sparing a minute for a chuckle
Eric James Adamson (1919-2007)
ERIC James Adamson was born at Liverpool and was educated at the Jesuit College of St Francis Xavier.
His first job was with the Admiralty in Altrincham, before being called-up for the Army.
He served throughout the Second World War, leaving with the rank of major.
He married Marion at All Saints Church, Driffield, in January, 1946 andreturned to the Admiralty in Glascoed and Bath. During this period they lived in Newport, Monmouth.
After transferring to Customs and Excise he worked in London and then moved to Hull, from where his work took him along the coast to Whitby and beyond.
In 1952 he took over the Customs and Excise station in the Grantham area, being solely responsible for a 30-mile radius of the town.
He worked from 8 St Peter’s Hill, but later was required to work from Nottingham, travelling daily from his Rectory Lane, Harlaxton, home until retirement in 1982.
Dan Vaibhav Gujral (b1981)
Dan Vaibhav Gujral is a Grantham-based contemporary musician
He became interested in music while still at school (hated school so not saying) and by the early 90s he’d joined various choral groups performing both local and national shows winning several awards for singing in the process. It was while in these groups that the first interest arose in writing his own material.
By the late 90s he was still performing and writing his own songs, forming the first of several bands (Including the original line up of Rhesus Gene, a name suggested by Dan and, after much dIscussion, accepted by the now former band members) while at secondary school.
By the end of the 90s he decided to concentrate his efforts into his own music and decided to leave the choral groups.
When he went to Grantham College, music was still very much a part of his life if not a daily activity for him, while there he took the very first steps into recording, recording several demos in the process, (These would, however, merely end up on a shelf collecting dust forgotten about for the next 10 years).
He moved away taking a variety of jobs including major sporting events, travelling round the world and including a spell in the Armed Forces. He returned home and now works in a town centre pub.
Soon after the first incarnation of Rhesus Gene was formed, playing several small local gigs in the Lincolnshire area, as the early 2000s wore on, music was playing less and less of a role in his life till eventually it stopped all together.
Then in November 2010, after completing the very first new composition for several years he decided to restart his interest in music, set up a page on Facebook and started to look through his by now extensive catalogue of compositions, selecting four, these would go on to form 2011s Last Chance EP. After a slow start it gained some interest in America and Canada and responding to requests for more songs, he looked through the old demos recorded 10 years previously. Untouchable was found to be the best quality and after being cleared up was also released.
2012 saw the Majestic EP’s release, and a continuation of people listening around the world, as far away as New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea, feeling ready to take on something bigger, he decided to attempt to record, not just a full album, but a concept album, and in 2013 did just that with the release of Centurion.
Matt Bland (1915-2009)
MATTHEW Bland was very much a hands-on entrepreneur who was involved in many businesses.
Born in a caravan at Long Eaton, he was the son of a showman.
The family moved to Stanton Street, Grantham, and Matt opened his business Streamline Taxis at the outbreak of war, which was taken over by his brother Chris.
Matt then opened a motorcycle business.
He built a garage in Welham Street (later NTS) and took on a Mercedes Benz franchise.
In the 1950s, he moved into the coffee bar scene, owning both the Rainbow on St Peter’s Hill and the legendary Long Bar, on London Road.
He then moved into the night club business, with the After Eight, a converted Methodist church hall on Bridge End Road. Following a major fire, Matt helped with the rebuilding and it reopened as the Phoenix.
He also ran coin-operated laundrettes.
Surprisingly, he still had time for hobbies. These included pigeon racing, angling, snooker and golf.
George Manners-Sutton (1723-1783)
LORD George Manners-Sutton was born at Kelham Hall, near Newark, as Lord George Manners, the third son of John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland.
He married Diana Chaplin in 1749 (d. 1767), only daughter of Thomas Chaplin of Blankney, by whom he had nine children.
He entered Parliament in 1754, succeeding his elder brother, the Marquess of Granby as Member of Parliament for Grantham.
In 1762, he adopted the additional surname of Sutton, upon inheriting the estates of that family from his elder brother Lord Robert Manners-Sutton.
In 1768, he married Mary Peart, by whom he had one daughter:
Frances, Duchess of Rutland (1937 – )
FRANCES Helen Sweeny was born in Marylebone Lane, London, in 1937, the daughter of American amateur golfer Charles Sweeny, and his first wife, Margaret Whigham.
She became the second wife of Charles John Robert Manners in 1958, and with it the title Duchess of Rutland.
She was a very keen breeder of Arabian horses, following a family tradition whereby the 4th Duke of Rutland owned Black Hearty stallion which was the grandsire of the Duke of Wellington’s famed charger Copenhagen.
Her mother had first dazzled London society in 1930 when she was named debutante of the year and inspired the original lyrics to Cole Porter’s You’re the Top.
But following a subsequent marriage which made her Duchess of Argyll, she became notorious when the Duke petitioned for divorce, citing four alleged lovers and produced the infamous ‘headless man’ photographs, showing a faceless figure naked with her.
Edwin Ogden (1861 -1936)
BORN at Muston, Edwin Ogden moved to Sleaford at an early age, when his father was appointed as a coachman to seed merchant Charles Sharpe.
At the age of 21 he was appointed manager of Mr Sharpe’s Grantham shop, on the corner of Market Place (later a gentleman’s club).
He worked there for 30 years before setting up in competition a few yards away, near the Conduit where he lived over the shop.
He was a sidesman at St Wulfram’s Church and a member of the Conservative Club, but had little time for leisure.
Richard Dennis (1918-1981)
RICHARD Dennis spent 17 years of his life running pubs in the Grantham area.
He began his work at Stamford with Stamford Electrical but eventually took over the Five Bells at Edenham.
After that he ran the Hare and Hounds, Burton Coggles, and the Waggon and Horses on Grantham’s Manthorpe Road.
He then left the licensed trade and became a buyer for Markon Engineering at Oakham.
He retired in 1974 following a stroke and moved to Welham Street, Grantham.
Robert Alexander Basford (1881 – 1955) – founded Independent Labour Party
Grantham-born, Robert Basford was an outstanding personality in both the local Labour Party and Trade Unions.
He studied political economy and developed a broad knowledge of home and international affairs.
Both he and his wife Lilian (she was Grantham Mayor in 1946) were founders of the Independent Labour Party and of the constituency Labour Party which they began in 1918.
He was variously chairman and secretary of the CLP as well as agent.
When he became unemployed in the 1920s he was spokesman for the Grantham deputation to the old Public Assistance Committee and in 1931 won a considerable improvements in benefits for the town’s jobless.
On the union front, he was branch secretary of the former ASE (later AEU) no 2 branch, district referee and other offices.
He began work as an apprentice with Richard Hornsby & Co, but following the depression worked at Newcastle, Nottingham and Derby. In the years leading to his retirement, he worked at BMARCo.
He was a one-time county council, but had to resign as working away from home disqualified him.
In his early days he had been a religious worker and was choirmaster at Commercial Road Primitive Methodist chapel. He was also a Sunday school teacher and lay preacher there.
Alan Clay (1920– 1981)
Born at Sleaford. Alan Clay made his debut for Grantham in January 1947 at home to Barnsley Reserves, scoring his first goal just over two months later at Peterborough United.
Originally playing for Sleaford Town, he joined the Royal Tank Regiment during the Second World War and was with the Eighth Army from Alamein to Italy.
His first season at London Road, Grantham, ended with Alan appearing in both the Lincolnshire Senior Cup Final games against Gainsborough Trinity, although unfortunately The Gingerbreads were defeated 4-1 in the replay. The following season he made only 13 appearances all year and even after his return in 1949 he still found it difficult to establish a permanent place in the side.
By the start of the 1950/51 season though, Alan had become a significant member of the side, despite missing from several of the early matches a year later.
This figure started to slow during the 1958/59 season, when Alan only made 9 appearances and as Grantham moved into the Central Alliance League the appearances were still stacking up, but obviously at a slower rate.
He managed to win a County Cup winner’s medal again in April 1961 after another Final against Gainsborough, only days after what would eventually turn out to be his final goal for the club, at home to Spalding United. In a busy time for Alan, the following week saw his testimonial, when Nottingham Forest sent a side over to London Road.
Amazingly after the Summer break he finally played in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup, as Grantham travelled over to Brierley Hill Alliance in November 1961 and at the end of that campaign he won yet another Lincolnshire County Cup winner’s medal, this time with a Grantham victory over Boston United. Finally Alan made his last, and only appearance of the season, in the December 1962 Midland League game at home to Retford Town.
He continued to assist at the club though, generally with the Reserves side, but did make one more appearance in the invitational Bourne Hospital Cup in May 1968, nearly 22 years after that first game, and at the age of 45.
Alan continued to live in Sleaford, working in the surveyor’s department at Kesteven County Council, until his retirement.
Compiled with assistance of Jon Barnes
Gladys Foster (1929-2012)
GLADYS Foster, formerly Herriott, was a long serving councillor both for the county and district.
A KGGS old girl, Mrs Foster was president of the Grantham and District Scout Association and a governor of Gonerby Hill Foot Primary School.
She had represented Grantham for 29 years, first on Kesteven then Lincolnshire County Council when she lost her Grantham North West seat by fewer than 100 votes.
But this time she was standing as an independent after she had been deselected by the Conservatives in favour of the winner Edna Chapman.
Losing the seat ended her position on the social services committee and down scaled her work for the disabled whose cause she had championed, although her campaign was dogged by illness.
She also represented the Green Hill ward on South Kesteven District Council since it was set up 28 years earlier.
She was Town Mayor in 1987-88.
She married John Foster, who was also a district councillor, who had collapsed and died during his Mayoral duties.
Mrs Foster’s achievements as a councillor included getting funding for the Paragon cinema and came up with the idea of having Princess Diana plant a tree on St Peter’s Hill green when she came to town during Mrs Foster’s year as mayor.
Ken Bryant (1928-2011)
Bachelor Ken Bryant, was headmaster at The National School, Grantham, from 1965 to 1975 and had previously been head/deputy at three primary schools in Devon.
Born in Southampton, after leaving the National School he was appointed head of Sladen School in Kidderminster, from where he retired in 1990 and returned to live in Great Gonerby.
He was a keen photographer and he was interested in steam trains. He was a lay reader from 1953.
A keen Rotarian, he joined the organisation in Kidderminster and was president from 1983/84. He transferred to the Rotary Club of Grantham in 1992.
He had a long involvement with the School Journey Association and was on the board of management. He was involved in helping other people and arranging school party visits.