My little Yorkie is very wobbly on his back legs ,so I need a small wheeled trolley to hold them up & was wondering if any one local to Grantham makes them.
Yesterday police received a report of a body found in the canal at The Dirty Duck, Woolsthorpe, Grantham.
This is being treated as unexplained and a PM will take place in due course.
Police confirmed the body was of a man, but the age is not yet known as the identification process is ongoing.
A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “Yesterday (December 5) we received a report of a body found in the Dirty Duck canal, Woolsthorpe, Grantham.
“This is being treated as unexplained and a post mortem will take place in due course.
“Anyone with any information is being asked to contact us on 101 quoting incident 255 of December 5.”
More information as we get it.
A wedding ring has been found around the Greenhill Road area
Please call Ross on 07930045700
Please help! My daughter possibly left her William Robertson school PE kit at the Harrowby Lane bus stop opposite the bookies on Friday morning (23/11). She has autism and she finds it difficult to remember to pick something up when she has put it down. It is a black drawstring Everlast bag with a named Will Rob PE kit in it. It will cost me at least £100 to replace it all.
Grantham Against Blood Sports say,
We are very disappointed to read in the news that the Mayor of Grantham Lynda Coutts will be welcoming the Belvoir Hunt into Grantham on Boxing Day 2018. This decision was made after a secret meeting of Grantham councillors, whom had received a private presentation from the Belvoir Hunt. Grantham Against Blood Sports (GABS) were not invited, nor were we offered the same opportunity to present our case. In fact any communications to the Mayor, the Mayor’s office and SKDC in general have been thwarted with various obstructions, misinformation and lies. Which evidently demonstrates the bias towards us and the deeply entrenched support of wildlife criminals, no matter what harm they do.
In December 2017 the Mayor councillor Mike Cook was approached by GABS and asked not to support the Belvoir Hunt on Boxing Day 2017. Our opposition to the invite of the Belvoir Hunts was solely due to the two upcoming court cases in 2018 involving the Belvoir Hunt and its associates. Councillor Cook was open to debate and very nearly stopped the invite to the Belvoir Hunt on Boxing Day 2017. However, after he took legal advice from SKDC he was advised that any upcoming court cases against the Belvoir Hunt employees and associates had to be presumed innocent, until the conclusion of the court cases, which we all agreed was the right thing to do, in the interests of justice. GABS did peacefully protest on Boxing Day 2017 and councillor Mike Cook kept his promise to keep the issue on the agenda with the Mayor in waiting councillor Lynda Coutts.
The Belvoir Hunt employees and associates who had been previously charged were subsequently convicted of grievous bodily harm, actual bodily harm, theft, criminal damage and an animal welfare offence. There was also no denial of foxes being killed by the hunt at Scalford Care Home and at Melton Country Park, although police investigations were dropped. The charge for an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 related to a Buckminster Estate gamekeeper Nigel Smith, who was found to be keeping a fox captive in an outbuilding on the Buckminster estate in December 2015. We assume this was for the purpose of releasing the fox for the Belvoir Hunt the following day, the day of the hunt. Nigel Smith did not cooperate with the police investigation and refused to answer PC Flint’s questions. This particular offence was exposed in an undercover operation by the League Against Cruel Sports investigators, Daryl Cunnington and Roger Swaine. Buckminster gamekeeper Nigel Smith was found guilty of this offence in March 2018 and fined and ordered to pay costs of £1,640 he was also disqualified from keeping foxes or being involved in it, for five years.
In March 2016 those same two investigators (Darryl Cunnington and Roger Swaine) were both brutally assaulted and robbed in an unprovoked attack whilst monitoring the Belvoir Hunt in Leicestershire. This attack left Darryl Cunningham, a former policeman with broken neck vertebrae in three places.
Both Darryl and Roger were attacked by six men, many of them wearing balaclavas. Only two of the six men were arrested, George Grant, the (former) Belvoir Hunt terrierman and his son Thomas Grant. George & Thomas Grant refused to cooperate with the police investigation and they refused to name their accomplices, who are still at large and whom Leicester Police hold an open investigation on.
In April 2018 both George and Thomas Grant were convicted at Leicester Crown Court of grievous bodily harm, actual bodily harm, theft of a video camera and criminal damage. Their sentencing was adjourned until June 2018 and both men received 18 months suspended prison sentences, 200 hours unpaid work and £500 victim surcharge.
On 20th of June 2018 Grantham Against Blood Sports met the new Mayor Lynda Coutts in the Mayors parlour. We spoke for over an hour about many things including the recent animal cruelty conviction of the Buckminster Estate gamekeeper and the conviction of the Belvoir Hunt employee and his son. We also spoke about the ongoing investigation of the fox which was illegally hunted killed by the Belvoir Hunt in Melton Country Park in February 2018. We found the meeting difficult, as Lynda Coutts didn’t appear to understand that hunting foxes with hounds had been banned since the passing of the Hunting Act 2004.
Mayor Lynda Coutts suggested in this meeting that on Boxing Day the hounds should be muzzled, as she was worried about them biting a child. This comment she later withdrew and backtracked on, as not her own, when she announced to the Grantham Journal on the 20th of July that the Belvoir Hunt were welcome to parade themselves on Boxing Day 2018, regardless of the recent convictions.
Let it also be known that the Mayor Lynda Coutts was invited to judge the Duke of Rutland Hounds on Wednesday 27th of June 2018. The invitation was accepted and councillor Ray Wootton stepped in for councillor Coutts. Councillor Ray Wooten proudly displayed his invitation on his Twitter feed, which he has (strangely) since removed.
After the secret meeting of the Grantham Charter of Trustees and councillors last week in debate of the Boxing Day invitation, councillor Ray Wooten was the first to proudly and publicly announce on his Twitter feed that the Belvoir Hunt would indeed be supported and invited into Grantham on Boxing Day 2018. His announcement was before any official statement had been released by the Mayor’s office.
In another statement Councillor Ian Selby stated he was happy for the hunt to come to Grantham ‘as long as nothing illegal was taking place’. He also said he does not like cruelty, but it’s a popular event and a lot of the public turn out.’ This justification is pathetic. Animal cruelty should not be celebrated, ignored or swept under the carpet because of a ‘popular event.’
Grantham Against Blood Sports will make another peaceful demonstration on Boxing Day 2018. We will represent the 85% of the British public are opposed to fox hunting, and support maintaining and strengthening the current ban. We ask for peaceful likeminded people to join us outside the Guildhall in Grantham on Boxing Day 2018.
Please seek the truth and decide yourself if the Belvoir Hunt and its associates deserve to be welcomed into Grantham by the Mayor on Boxing Day 2018.
Roger Swaine, field investigator for League Against Cruel Sports stated ‘I’m disappointed by Mayor Coutts’ support for the Belvoir Hunt Ltd. That a meeting was held in secret with no public knowledge shows complete contempt of democracy by the current council in my opinion. I was a victim of a cowardly attack by supporters of this hunt, outnumbered 3:1. I watched my friend and colleague stretchered away, not knowing if he’d ever walk again.
Since the attack the Hunt has never publicly condemned the violent attack orchestrated by its employee, they have not cooperated with the police investigation and even more disturbingly Lady Sarah McCorquodale – senior huntmaster – vouched for him in open court.
What law-abiding company would tolerate such violence from its employees during a day’s business? Supporting the Belvoir Hunt and its access to Grantham on Boxing Day is, in my view, tacit approval of criminal and thuggish behaviour by the council. Such behaviour should never be tolerated in a civilised society.’
I have been given the amazing opportunity to let you know about my new business!
I qualified as a personal trainer back in 2015 after losing 6 stone myself! I also recently qualified as a child fitness instructor, this has enabled me to help eeeeeveryone from babies up to seniors!
I had always been over weight and with that had no confidence, self esteem and poor body image.. after having my daughter I joined a weight loss group, I was made to feel like an inconvenience having a baby with me… so I never went back 😂 I couldn’t join a gym as I had no childcare so I decided to go it alone 💪🏼
With lots of reading, research and determination I changed my diet completely and started to exercise with my daughter and dealt with my diastasis recti (this is where your tummy muscles do not ‘knit’ back together after having a baby) thankfully I was able to correct this with exercise and was fortunate enough not to need surgery!
I feel I have the knowledge and the ability to help others do the same! Hence why I have created Yummy Mummies And Buzzy Bees!! I have taken the leap and give up ‘my day job’ to enable me to give you the best service!
Grantham classes are :
Buzzy Bees (5-10 years) Wednesday @ 17:30
B-Uzz fitness (11+years) Wednesday @ 18:15
Mummies and babies – Fridays @ 9.30
The kids zone (The party balloon shop, Westgate)
Classes are also in Bottesford, Melton Mowbray, Corby Glen, Wilsford and Market Overton so if you can’t make Grantham, check out another location!
I offer classes for mummies and babies… all children are welcome from babies up to pre schoolers!
These classes are a great hit with the mummies who attend, they love the fact they can exercise with the child, encouraging some bonding time, or let their little ones play together, whilst they have a fab work out 👌🏼💪🏼🐝 These classes are suitable for all abilities and exercises can be adapted easily to suit you.
Child fitness class for children aged 5-10years – Buzzy Bees.
Games based fitness, great fun!… encouraging our next generation to be active.
These classes are a great way to burn of the excess energy!!
These classes promote team work, fitness, Co ordination, balance, strength and most importantly confidence!
Every child who has taken part in a bees class has loved it and all have said they’re looking forward to next week’s class 👌👌
It’s so much fun they have no idea they’re actually exercising!!!!!
I also have a class in Grantham for children aged 11+ B-Uzz fitness, these are circuits, they are designed for aged 11+ Years.
Building healthy habits to take into adulthood.
These classes promote speed, agility, stamina, strength and balance. Also encouraging team work. Building confidence!!
These classes are high energy… designed to burn off any excess 😉
Geez classes are circuits based, these are suitable for adults of all ages and all abilities. I have ladies and gents attend these classes from their 30s into their 70s!
All of whom return!
If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to book a space onto any session just send a message 💪🏼🐝 Www.yummymummiesandbuzzybees.com or via social media
Call or text Charlie on 07956144668
It wasn’t long ago that the workers at the Waste Recycling Centre (Mowbeck Way) would often help you deal with whatever you were getting rid of the moment you opened your boot. Nowadays, many of them just seem to be standing around talking to each other, especially next to the waste tipping area (where they often seem to congregate). I’d understand them not being able to help if they were busy, but it is frustrating when you see 6 workers just hanging around chatting to each other, often leaning against the machines just watching people come and go.
Watch out for these fake Netflix emails.
We’ve seen an increase in reports about fake Netflix emails claiming that there’s an issue with your account, or that your account has been suspended. The email states that you need to “update” your account details in order to resolve the problem. The link in the emails leads to genuine-looking Netflix phishing websites designed to steal your username and password, as well as payment details.
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk
Had to share the photos of this thoughtless driver. Virtually blocked the path on Dysart Road to pedestrians. I waited to let him park never imagining he would expect me to go round him on the road. When I said to him “you’ve blocked the path” he just shrugged his shoulders and said “yes I have”. No apology, no sorry. I have to confess to my shame I did have a few unpleasant names to call him.
I realise making deliveries in the area isn’t great. But there is room for consideration. Anyone using a mobility scooter would have no option other thsn using the road. He did not have to park so far on the path, he chose to.
Melissa Darcey says,
NO TRAUMA IN GRANTHAM HOSPITAL ON A SUNDAY – STARTING SUNDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER!
URGENT ATTENTION REQUIRED!
Slowly but surely the STP is hacking away at our VITAL services! WITH NO CONSULTATION! 😡
This directly affects our A&E’s functionality!
Grantham Hospital will have no support or emergency operations for patients presenting at Grantham’s A&E from theatres on a Sunday, from 16th September 2018 onwards! This is ANOTHER service taken from us without consulting us OR STAFF!
This means if you self present to Grantham Hospital on a Sunday, and you require emergency intervention from theatre then unless you can survive the journey to another hospital…….. You won’t survive….. This is not something I have just made up! 😫
I see protocols can be just stuck to a whiteboard these days….. No discussion, no options, no scrutiny…… Is anyone ACTUALLY listening???
Image from Staff.
Sarah Stock says,
Dear Lincolnshire Councillors, Health Scrutiny Committee, Lincolnshire MP’s, Press and other interested parties,
Fighting 4 Life Lincolnshire, (local, regional and national campaign to raise awareness of our NHS) met in London at the House of Commons with MP’s on Monday, 10th September 2018 with fellow campaigners from around the country to present evidence to MP’s of the serious flaws in scrutiny and inadequate referral process to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP), which need urgent national review. This is not just a local issue.
NHS Organisations are making substantial changes in service variation without telling their local Health Scrutiny Committee of their plans and evidence is mounting that Health Scrutiny itself is inadequate and processes flawed, with partial and inaccurate evidence being submitted to the IRP, who themselves then fail to respond in a timely and efficient manner, considering the importance and urgent nature of the referrals relating to service provision and cuts to our vital health services.
A good geographical and political party representation of MP’s was present to hear campaign evidence from several counties, experiencing cuts to their Accident and Emergency Departments, downgrading of Paediatric and Maternity services and centralisation of services from an average of three hospitals per county into one, with hospital closures, reduction of bed capacity and with increased travel times and little consideration made for alternative service provision. One of our Lincolnshire MP’s Matt Warman, Skegness and Boston attended the meeting, which in light of what is happening to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston’s Paediatric, Maternity and Neonatal services, was important for him to do so. Karen Lee, MP for Lincoln apparently sent her apologies verbally due to a prior engagement. All other Lincolnshire MP’s invited to attend, failed to respond to the invite.
Many thanks to 999 Call to the NHS campaign group for chairing the meeting and for Paula Sherriff MP (Labour, Dewsbury) for facilitating the meeting and thanks to the following MP’s who attended and listened to the evidence presented by campaigners and debated the IRP process: Rosie Cooper MP, Government Health Select Committee Member (Labour, West Lancashire), Norman Lamb MP (Liberal Democrat, North Norfolk), Anne Marie Trevelyan MP (Conservative, Berwick-upon-Tweed), Mike Hill MP (Labour, Hartlepool), Sandy Martin MP (Labour, Ipswich), Eleanor Smith MP (Labour, Wolverhampton SW), Margaret Greenwood MP (Labour, Wirral West), Liz Twist MP (Labour, Blaydon), Barry Sheerman (Labour, Huddersfield), Toby Perkins MP (Labour, Chesterfield) and Matt Warman MP (Conservative, Boston and Skegness, Lincolnshire)
Fighting 4 Life Lincolnshire Co-Founder, Melissa Darcey evidenced the IRP referral from our own Lincolnshire Health Scrutiny Committee, which sees delay, after “convenient” delay being played out, while services continue to be removed from our hospitals and the unanimously rejected Lincolnshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan, now Partnership seemingly being implemented before our very eyes.
Below is the latest summary of events via a Facebook link to Fighting 4 Life Lincolnshire, which needs further investigation as it would seem that Council Codes of Conduct and “due process” is not being followed, by neither the Health Scrutiny Committee, nor the Department of Health, Secretary of State for Health, or Independent Reconfiguration Panel.
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“The Lincs Health Scrutiny Committee Chair, Cllr Carl Macey, has told Fighting 4 Life Lincolnshire that yesterday (10th Sept) the Scrutiny Officer told him that the final submission of the referral documents was only sent to Neil Townley at the Department of Health on the 15th of March, as it had to be signed off by Lincs County Council’s legal representative first.
The Scrutiny Officer has now confirmed that they’ve still not heard anything further from Matt Hancock.
The Scrutiny Officer also told Cllr Macey that:
“It is usual practice to pass referrals to the IRP, and to notify the Chairman that this has happened. In the case of the previous Grantham referral the submission was sent on 15 Dec 2016; Christine Talbot was advised on 22 Feb 17, that the IRP would be required to prepare an initial assessment within one month, which they did…
So it is likely to be the case that the referral has not yet been referred to the IRP.”
In fact it’s not “LIKELY” – the IRP secretary has told us that the Dept of Health has told them NOWT about the 2018 referral.
The Scrutiny Officer then added
“The correspondence with the civil servant [Neil Townley] indicated that there was some unwillingness to progress this referral.”
Why has Lincs Health Scrutiny Committee not acknowledged this – and allowed this vital issue to slide?
As they knew from the first referral that it took 2 months from submitting the referral to being told by the Department of Health that they had commissioned the IRP to prepare an initial assessment within a month, WHY DID THEY NOT GET BACK TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN MID MAY TO CHECK PROGRESS – 2 MONTHS AFTER THE FINAL SUBMISSION OF THE REFERRAL? ”
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There appears to have been very little effort made to chase up the request to refer to the IRP and if it were not for the continued pressure applied by campaigners locally and nationally, it is felt that this would not have been followed up. Considering the experience we had with the previous referral, where there were unnecessary delays in receiving a response, one would think that the Chair or Health Scrutiny Officer would have followed this up more robustly.
We also feel that we have been let down by the Department of Health who have not followed due process in referring to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel. The evidence shows that the Department of Health should have notified the IRP that a request had been made before evaluating the request and deciding whether it is acceptable to refer and on this occasion they did not notify the IRP.
The untimely removal of the previous knowledgeable Chair of Health Scrutiny, Christine Talbot, at such a crucial time in our county’s “reconfiguration” of health care has led to questions being asked of Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, who removed her from the position, and to date no answer for the reason for this, despite repeated requests, has been afforded to either the public or the press.
Christine’s knowledge and vast experience of the IRP process was invaluable, as was her ability to effectively scrutinise and challenge decisions relating to our health care and the safety and well-being of the people of Lincolnshire. Her absence has not gone unnoticed. I can only summise that she was removed in this untimely manner, for fear of her further challenging the removal of our vital services in Lincolnshire.
Current Health Scrutiny Chair, Carl Macey has stated that there will be a letter revealed at the Health Scrutiny Committee Meeting today, Wednesday 12th September, apparently relating to the referral to the Secretary of State for Health on Grantham’s A & E closure becoming permanent. Concerned members of the public will be in attendance to see what this letter reveals, as there are many current and future detrimental plans being implemented across Lincolnshire, which are not in the best interest of the public, but seem simply to meet budgetary requirements. My mind boggles at what announcement is going to made at Health Scrutiny Meeting on Wednesday 12th September 2018 at Lincoln County Council Offices. Meeting starts at 10am for those interested in the future of our hospital and social care services in Lincolnshire.
Campaign groups will continue to scrutinise and challenge local, regional and national plans if they are felt not to be in the interest of the county or country, fail in duty of care to provide appropriate or accessible NHS services in accordance with the constitution of the NHS and will continue to educate and inform the public and other interested parties on matters relating to health care and service provision locally, regionally and nationally. The Government Health Select Committee have been asked to look at the work of the IRP and further updates via campaign groups and lobbying of MP’s will be forthcoming, as we join the dots and piece the puzzle of our over-complicated and seemingly “unaccountable” health and social care system together.
Aptly named “Is Anyone Listening?”, it really is time that decision-makers and those elected into positions of trust to be voice of the public in every county….listen… and listen very carefully. Afford those asking the questions and challenging the systemic removal of our health services, not only with the courtesy of listening, but by responding and acting upon the knowledge and experience they possess and utilise this knowledge in the decision-making process. Further information and press release and photographs from 999 Call for the NHS to follow.
Both Sandon School and Ambergate Sports College, part of the Grantham Additional
Needs Fellowship (GANF), have been awarded the British Council’s prestigious
International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the
The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional
work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at
the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural
understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.
The international work of the schools included seven key areas:
Pupils celebrated Diwali and were taught about the story and religion behind the
Students were paired with pen pals in Germany.
Some of those pupils were provided with the opportunity to take part in an exchange
trip with their German peers.
A Christmas International Day celebrated and recognised the traditions of other
Fairtrade Fortnight developed community links through events such as coffee
Values have been developed and discussed on a regular basis in assembly.
Research with parents contributed to flags being formulated to celebrate each child’s
One specific project included the hospitality students baking for a cake sale. £100 was
raised which allowed one pupil’s grandmother (Julia Kerby) and mother (Sam Kerby) to fund
20 mosquito nets for children at the Wema Centre in Kenya through the charity they work
Stela Plamenova, Headteacher at Sandon School, commented: “The students at GANF
have very little exposure to different cultures and so my aim was to bring other cultures to
them to celebrate our diverse and ever changing society. As part of our work towards the
Award, there has been a big emphasis on British Values of tolerance, respect and
democracy through the Heritage Project.
The accreditation process also enriched our Teaching and Learning through new practices
and perspectives. The colleagues who led the International work, Catherine Henderson-
Slater and Simon Buckberry, introduced a wide range of artistic and cultural opportunities
through our curriculum as well as extra activities such as traditional dance workshops,
themed days and lunchtime clubs.
The whole GANF community is very excited with the recognition for their hard work with the
Award from the British Council that is globally recognised.”
Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: ‘The school’s fantastic international
work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great
chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into
their classrooms. Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that
they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an
increasingly global economy.’
The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon,
Cyprus, and Pakistan. Around 5,500 International School Awards have been presented to
successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.
The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:
An international ethos embedded throughout the school.
A whole school approach to international work.
Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools.
Year-round international activity.
Involvement of the wider community.