Charlie Digan is only six years old but loves football and martial arts.
And although he still awaits the call from Roy Hodgson, for just over a year he’s been training with the BCKA kickboxing team.
He trains in his home town Grantham and also travels to Corby, Northants once a fortnight to train with the England kickboxing squad.
The Barkston & Syston School pupil is the youngest ever team member in its 20 year history.
Charlie takes his training very seriously and works very hard to perfect his skills.
He said: “When I’m not hitting pads he loves to spar with other children within the Association who are normally bigger, and always older than me.
“This coming October 2015 I have an opportunity to represent the England World Karate and Kickboxing team (WKC), to compete at the WKC World championships in Portugal.
“This would be my dream to become a world champion and represent my country at something that I enjoy so much.
“I would be so grateful for any contributions towards my trip to Portugal and make my dream of becoming a 6 year old world kickboxing champion a reality.”
To support Charlie go to http://de.gofund.me/o92bs0
Proud dad Trevor said “We are looking for local Grantham businesses to help with sponsorship and in return have their company logo on his fight suit for the world championships. I can be contacvted on 07727975417.
Thank you for your support
Leicestershire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister has been appointed as the force’s new Deputy Chief Constable following interviews this week.
Much of that time he was based at Grantham’s Stonebridge headquarters, where he was detective inspector.
He progressed through the ranks both in uniformed operations and criminal investigation roles, particularly enjoying his experience as a detective. He has a degree in Policing Studies.
Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “In Roger we had an excellent candidate who, as ACC, has demonstrated a breadth of strategic and forward-thinking vision which will serve the force and the wider population very well in the coming years in his new role.“
Mr Bannister, who is married and has twin boys, lists among his hobbies mountaineering, sailing and skiing and will start his new role this summer.
Grantham’s Jenny Walker says…
I’m proud to announce that having won a first prize for composition with the European Piano Teachers Association last year I’ve won third prize year with my ‘Disjointed Waltz’.
You can listen to it here….
CARNIVAL PARADE 2015
CARNIVAL PARADE STARTS AT NOON ON STAURDAY WITH THE BIG PARADE
FROM THE MARKET PLACE (MARKET CROSS)
PARADE ROUTE – 12 NOON START
Market Place (Round The Market Cross) going down The High Street, St Peter’s Hill, turning left into St Catherine’s Road then along Sandon Road, turning left into Hill Avenue and into Wyndham Park.
Taking part are:
Beth Cresswell School Of Dance
W Boyes & Co Ltd
Clarence House Day Nursery
Glenn James Bartley & Jonathan Kelly
Grantham Sunrise Rotary Club
Grantham & District Scouting Association
Isaac Newton School
Lincolnshire Fire Aid
Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue
The Nottingham Building Society
Raf Waddington Pipe Band
Ambassadors Of Derby
Melton Mowbray Tally Ho Band
Town Mayor Councillor Jackie Smith
2015 Carnival Queen & Princess – Kerry & Shelby Walker
Thanks go to Grantham & District Scout Association for providing dignitaries escort
ARENA PROGRAMME (Saturday)
1.00 Parade Arrives
1.15 Presentation To Winning Floats
1.40 RAF Waddington Pipe Band
2.00 BBMF Spitfire Flypast
2.15 Beth Cresswell School Of Dance
3.05 Ambassadors Of Derby Band
3.30 Elite Academy Of Dance
3.50 Melton Mowbray Tally Ho Band
ARENA PROGRAMME (Sunday)
12.20 Beth Cresswell School Of Dance
1.10 BBMF Dakota Flypast
1.30 H & M Dog Display Team
2.05 Elite Academy Of Dance
2.30 Van Buren Magic Show
3.05 Concourse Of Classic Cars
3.35 H & M Dog Display Team
4.10 Van Buren Magic Show
Arena times are approximate and may be subject to change
1.00 pm Carousel Roadshow
1.30 pm Beth Cresswell School of Dance
2.05 pm CJ Hatt
2.35 pm Nigel Truman
3.10 pm Grantham School of Dancing
3.45 pm Nigel Truman
4.20 pm CJ Hatt
12.30 pm Carousel Roadshow
1.20 pm Beth Cresswell School of Dance
1.55 pm TBA
2.30 pm Carousel Roadshow
3.00 pm Blues Bursters
3.50 pm TBA
4.25 pm Blues Bursters
8.30 – 4.30 CLASSIC CAR SHOW
QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK
Broadband speeds across Lincolnshire are soaring thanks to the county council’s broadband partnership with BT.
The Onlincolnshire project is this week announcing that high-speed fibre broadband has now reached more than 100,000 homes and businesses. It’s also being revealed that RAF Scampton, home of the famous Red Arrows, is one of the areas to recently benefit from the countywide roll-out.
A new fibre broadband cabinet that serves the base has been installed and switched on, meaning military families and servicemen and women living there can now access download speeds of up to 80 megabits per second and uploads of up to 20Mbps*.
Wing Commander Mike Harrop, Station Commander at RAF Scampton, said: “Essential investment like this in the county’s infrastructure has complemented recent on-station investment at Scampton and has undoubtedly improved the quality of life for the military families living in this part of the county.”
The Onlincolnshire project builds on the private sector’s roll-out of fibre broadband; BT’s commercial rollout has already made high-speed fibre broadband available to more than 166,000 homes and businesses in Lincolnshire.
Coun Richard Davies, executive member for IT at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We’re seeing a real increase in the number of people signing up for superfast broadband, and with the improvements being rolled out, even more will be able to benefit.
“Improved broadband is not only vital for business growth, but for all residents accessing services, including the growing number of silver surfers, and for young people looking to download learning materials. The possibilities are endless. So check our website to find out whether you’re in a superfast area, and contact your internet service provider to upgrade your package.”
The arrival of faster fibre broadband at RAF Scampton follows months of careful planning by engineers from Openreach – BT’s local network business – due to the rural location of the new fibre broadband cabinet and its proximity to an active military base.
Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director of next generation access, said: “Across the county, thousands of homes and businesses now have access to high-speed fibre broadband thanks to Onlincolnshire and BT’s own commercial fibre broadband programme. We are now reaching into the heart of scores of communities across the region bringing them within reach of this vital technology and enabling them to fly the internet at superfast speeds.”
As part of the Onlincolnshire project, more than 450 new roadside fibre cabinets have already been installed and around 500kms of fibre cable laid as part of the rollout – enough to stretch along the main runway at RAF Scampton more than 180 times.
Because the work is being carried out by Openreach, residents and businesses wanting to upgrade have a wide choice of service providers, with more than 140 fibre broadband companies now operating in the UK.
Benefits of fibre broadband include faster download and upload speeds; the ability to access the internet via multiple devices without experiencing a slow connection, faster downloads of films and music, a better online gaming experience, improved file sharing for businesses, solutions based on Cloud computing and being able to work more flexibly.
For more information about the Onlincolnshire please visit www.onlincolnshire.org
The Onlincolnshire project is funded by Lincolnshire County Council, BT, national Government, Lincolnshire’s district councils and the European Regional Development Fund.
THE A1 northbound will be closed north of Grantham from tomorrow, for resurfacing work.
It will close from the exit slip road at North Muskham junction, near Newark, to the Apleyhead on slip road, near Retford, from 8pm on Friday June 19 to 6am on Monday June 22.
Saturday (20.6) is National Civic Day when Civic Societies all over the country organise and take part in local community activities.
In Grantham our own Civic Society and Grantham Rivercare will have a bookstall stall in the Isaac Newton Centre from 10am until 1.00pm to explain and display its aims and activities.
Books in the Bygone Grantham series written by the late Michael Pointer and Malcolm Knapp, now quite rare, will be on sale alongside others about Grantham’s history and heritage.
Most of the books are just £5 each.
Also on display will be Roger Graves’ photos of St Wulfram’s tower and spire during the restoration over the last two years and you will be able to purchase these as a lasting reminder of what we all hope are once in several hundred years repairs.
At 10.30am you are invited to join a free walking tour of the town centre led by John Manterfield, Marilyn Campbell and Courtney Finn to learn more about our great buildings, people and history.
Please assemble at the Isaac Newton statue to start the tour at 10.30am for about an hour finishing at St Wulframs church where the coffee shop is open and a recital starts at 11.30am.
People looking for cheap flight tickets are being targeted by fraudsters. New websites are continuously being created with slight changes to the company names with the intention to deceive the public. They offer tickets at bargain prices and usually request for payment via bank transfer. These tickets do not materialize and the funds are retained by the fraudsters.
- Where possible, buy from well-known company names. If you’ve never heard of a company, conduct some due diligence.
- Use the internet. Type the name of the company/site you are buying from and look for reviews of what others customers are saying about the company. Bad customer service feedback usually finds their way online quite quickly.
- Use companies that are ATOL or ABTA Registered. You can check this here: http://abta.com/go-travel/
before-you-travel/find-a- member or http://www.caa.co.uk/ application.aspx?catid=490& pagetype=65&appid=2
- Check the authenticity of flight booking websites before making any reservations. A “whois” search on the website will identify when the website has been created, so be wary of newly formed domains. This search can be conducted using http://who.is
- Never send money to bank accounts. If possible pay using a credit card – that way you have some protection and avenue for recompense.
- Sign up to Action Fraud Alert https://www.actionfraudalert.
co.uk/ to keep you updated with what’s going on.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.