Grantham Matters has caught up with Wyndham Park steamroller restorer Peter Tye to see how he’s getting on.
After delays due to Covid he tells us,
“We’ve fitted the flywheel on this week and starting the copper pipework.
There’s still the front end to do, it will definitely be out next year”
Aveling and Porter 10392 “Calcifer” Number 414 was purchased by Eddisons on 20 September 1922 and with number 415 (another C type) the pair cost Eddisons £1385 according to an Eddison 1948 fleet list.
In 1966 it was was presented by Eddison to Wyndham Park, Grantham.
The eight-ton roller became a popular feature in the play area where children enjoyed clambering over it.
But it was removed following an injury to a child who fell from it. A council spokesman said it was difficult to defend any court action taken by parents and it was removed for scrap.
Mr Harris, who took it to his workshop and set about restoration hoping for help from other enthusiasts, but they lacked a skilled boilermaker.
The solution provided by Swindon businessman Peter Tye, assisted by a boilermaker and engine restorer, ensure the original aims drawn up in 1999 will be met.
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South Kesteven District Council is marking October’s Black History Month by recognising the contribution of black servicemen serving locally with American forces and the RAF during WWll.
In 1944, all major airfields around Grantham – North Witham, Barkston Heath, Fulbeck, Folkingham and Saltby – were occupied by airmen and troops of the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Troop Carrier Command.
Black soldiers were essential operational back-up for the USAAF troop transport aircrew involved in the uplift of thousands of troops and tonnes of equipment to Europe that year – including the military milestones of D Day and Arnhem that year.
Black air crew also enlisted with the RAF, including Bomber Command, whose heavy presence in the county led to Lincolnshire becoming known as ‘Bomber County’.
Cllr Breda-Rae Griffin, Chairman of SKDC, said; “We continually pay tribute to this district’s aviation heritage, but that history is not complete without recognising the role of black servicemen who came here to fight alongside our forces.
“Black History Month gives us time to reflect upon the sacrifices black servicemen have made for all of us in the district, and beyond. It also helps bring into focus how far-reaching the service and sacrifice was from allies of every nationality.”
Bomber Command, whose history is enshrined in the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) at Lincoln, recorded a total 550 aircrew and 6,000 ground crew of African origin.
The IBCC has well documented stories of men from British colonies who volunteered to serve.
Its Digital Archive has interviewed the sons of three West African fliers who served with distinction in RAF Bomber Command: Eddy Smythe spoke about his father, John Henry Smythe; Olu Hyde recounted stories about father, Adesanya Hyde, and Neville Shenbanjo shared memories of his father, Akin Shenbanjo.
All can be accessed via www.internationalbcc.co.uk
Remembrance honours those who serve to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life. We unite across faiths, cultures and backgrounds to remember the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth. We will remember them.
This year the Service of Remembrance at St Wulfram’s Church is going to feel quite different. Instead of a church full of people gathering together we are limited to the number of seats we are able to offer.
Once all the tickets have been allocated people are welcome to gather outside, socially distanced, or watch the service on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stwulframs/
Please note that tickets must not be given to someone else as only those who we have names and contacts for can be permitted to attend due to Test and Trace.
The A1 was closed in both directions this morning due to serious accident involving a lorry and a tractor.
The accident happened around 6.30am between the A607 Harlaxton/Melton Mowbray turn-off and the A151 Colsterworth Services junction, near Stoke Rochford Golf Club.
The central reservation had been crossed meaning both the north and southbound carriageways were affected.
Fire crews from Grantham and Corby Glen plus arescue unit from Lincoln used hydraulic cutting equipment to release a casualty from the lorry.. Casualty care given to both drivers until the arrival of paramedics.
Two men were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries.
The road has now reopened
Tom Parry says,
Jack Russell, Black with white chin now missing for 3 and a half hours, please share.
Had my Cube Hybrid bike stolen from my garden shed on Shakespeare Avenue last night looks like this but with thinner road tires and silver mud guards. Any information would be appreciated.
Short stocky lad was seen in the back garden yesterday day time and kicked out.
Short dark hair. Black trousers with holes in and a blue padded jacket
Russell Maksymiw Says,
London Road, Springfield Road all backed up, why? Macdonalds!! Why do drivers insist on holding the traffic up when they can’t get into the car park
Clare Harby says,
Hi, we’re trying to find the owner. At approx 6.50pm a Tan boxer dog was hit by a car on Belton Lane, it ran off up Green Lane owner wouldn’t engage with me possibly in shock bless her more importantly the car driver didn’t even stop !!!
Have reported it to the police.
Hope the dog is found and ok. Thank you x
An accident involving several cars has temporarily closed Belton Lane as of 17:30pm. Police are on the scene and traffic is being directed up Harrowby Lane.
Have a look at this trailer for The Secret Garden. You may well recognise some of the outside locations.
A pre-planned warrant at a Lincolnshire farm led to searches taking place over nine days after underground bunkers containing cannabis were found.
On the morning of Thursday 3rd September officers, drone support and the dog unit arrived at the farm in Skendleby near the east coast accompanied by officials from the Environment Agency who had intelligence to suggest waste was being stored illegally at the site.
Officers from the Spanish Civil Guard also joined the operation having provided information which supported intelligence obtained by Lincolnshire Police that a drug operation was taking place.
Four bunkers made up of shipping containers were found 20ft underground – their entrances concealed within barns. In total 12 shipping containers were used to make up the bunkers and house a large number of cannabis plants. Officers estimate the drugs would have a street value of approximately £580,000.
More than 300 tonnes of illegal waste, a shotgun and six stolen cars were also found. 22 horses and one llama were found at the farm itself in a poor condition and were taken away by officers.
Three men, aged 34, 35 and 28 were arrested on suspicion of production of a Class B drug, burglary with intent to steal, animal welfare offences and possible waste offences.
The 34-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a prohibited firearm and theft of a motor vehicle.
They have been released on bail while the investigation continues.
Detective Superintendent Rick Hatton from Lincolnshire Police said:
“We are extremely grateful to our counterparts in Spain and our partners for assisting with the exploration of this site.
“With the operation being underground we have needed some real specialist support to uncover this activity. Only with the skills of those who joined us from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency, East Lindsey District Council, RSPCA, Dyno-Rod and the Home Office’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory have we been able to get to this point.”
The seven Environment Agency officers attending found approximately 300 tonnes of baled waste, 60 part-dismantled vehicles, used asbestos roofing materials, household rubbish and mixed manufactured wood, plus evidence of 6 separate areas used to burn waste illegally. Any site which deposits, treats, stores or disposes of waste is breaking the law if they do so without a permit from the Environment Agency.
The three suspects were also interviewed in relation to this activity before being released on police bail. Investigations continue and officers will return to monitor the safe removal of the waste in the future – which is expected to cost those responsible up to £100,000.
Environment Agency Area Director Norman Robinson said:
“Waste crime is serious – it blights communities and risks real harm to people’s health and the environment, and we won’t hesitate to take action against those responsible.
“We’ve now been able to put a stop to illegal activity on this site – a testament to the determination, joint-working and intelligence-sharing between multiple organisations.
“Investigations continue, but in the meantime, we’d ask anyone who suspects illegal waste activity to report it to police hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
A lorry has hit the Harlaxton Road bridge, traffic in the area is heavy and slow.
Another bridge hit, this time Springfield road.
Heavy traffic, avoid area.