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The Chairman of South Kesteven District Council, Cllr Jacky Smith, raised a flag at its civic offices to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of concentration and extermination camps at Auschwitz.
It is designated as a day of remembrance for the millions killed through persecution during the Holocaust and remembers those who died in atrocities during conflicts in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur and others.
Cllr Smith said: “It is so important that we stand together to remember the horrors of the past.
“Raising this flag gives a poignant focus for our thoughts on this anniversary. If we take time to reflect on atrocities from the Second World War and conflicts since then, this will help us to ensure that they never happen again.”
Leader of the Council, Cllr Kelham Cooke added: “On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, may we never forget the appalling stain on humanity the Holocaust and anti-semitism was, and still is.”
Vegetation clearance, archaeology and other preliminary works will begin on Monday 3 February ahead of breaking ground on phase three this spring.
The clearance works are expected to last for up to three weeks, subject to suitable weather.
Although most of the work will be carried out away from main roads, there may be some minor disruption on Whalebone Lane.
Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “As part of these early works, Galliford Try will be removing trees and other growth along the eastern section of the relief road route, which will link the A52 at Somerby Hill to the B1174 roundabout.
“Following this, a team of archaeologists will return to site and start investigating these areas ahead of us breaking ground on phase three this spring.
“Once we’re officially on-site later this year, the most challenging part of phase three will be building the new rail bridge, which will not only span over the East Coast Main Line, but also the River Witham.
“Elsewhere on site, the team has finished building a widened section of A1 carriageway, allowing them to make a start on constructing the new bridged junction connecting the A1 to the B1174.”
When built, the Grantham Southern Relief Road will stretch for 3.5km, linking the A52 at Somerby Hill to the A1.
The project is being led by Lincolnshire County Council and supported by South Kesteven District Council, Greater Lincolnshire LEP, Highways England, Homes and Communities Agency and local businesses.
Work has begun on 300 new homes in Grantham, resulting in a £2.1m investment into the local community from Countryside, the mixed-tenure developer.
The start of work on site, off Barrowby Road, sees the introduction of a new collection of family homes to the town, named The Colleys, in addition to a financial commitment from Countryside which will see investment in public services for the local people.
Investment into local education and healthcare is on the agenda, with £1.17m earmarked for Grantham West Academy and Walton Girls School. A further £130,500 will support NHS services including the improvement and extension of Vine Street Surgery.
The investment also includes provision of affordable homes, a £20,000 contribution towards the creation of a new bus shelter on Barrowby Road, £60,000 funding towards needed improvements to local highways, as well as £15,000 to enhance local transport services.
Glyn Mabey, Managing Director, Partnerships East Midlands, Countryside, said: “This is a significant milestone for our East Midlands business, as works commence on our second open-market development within the region following our launch last year.
“Our partnership with South Kesteven District Council will see us create so much more than just new homes by helping to redefine and reinvigorate the area through significant investment into vital public services.
“Contributing to Grantham’s sustainable economic growth and that of the wider Lincolnshire area is a key priority for Countryside as we introduce this development to the market. We are confident that our presence in the area will positively impact the area’s social and physical regeneration for the benefit of new and existing residents.”
The Colleys is named after the Poet Laureate Colley Cibber.
Grantham born, Nicholas Parsons has died at the age of 96 after a short illness his agent Jean Diamond has confirmed.
“He was with his beloved family who will miss him enormously and who wish to thank the wonderful staff at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital.”
Born in Castlegate, his father was family doctor to the Roberts family (and reportedly delivered their daughter Margaret) and he began his education at KGGS mixed kindergarten.
From there the eight-year-old went to the King’s School pre-school but after only eight weeks the family moved to London.
After distinguishing himself at St Paul’s School in Latin, Greek and rugby union, he tried to become an engineer to please his family.
He always wanted to act, but found himself beginning an apprenticeship for a firm that made pumps and turbines where his first pay packet for a 48 hour week was 49p!
He started doing impersonations, joined an amateur concert party, survived the rigours of Clydebank where he endeared himself to his workmates by taking off his foreman.
He also went to Glasgow University where he excelled at rugby and even played in an East v West Scottish trial game.
His first professional engagement, while still an engineering apprentice, was as a Carroll Levis discovery on his radio shows.
He served his acting apprenticeship in repertory at Bromley in Kent.
After two years playing a different part in a different play each week, he proved that comedy and character roles were his particular strength. Failing to obtain work in the West End, he moved to the London cabaret circuit in the 1950s and starred at Quaglino’s, The Allegro, The Colony, the famous Cafe de Paris and many other venues.
In 1952 he became resident comedian at the famous Windmill Theatre which was followed by radio variety.
In 1976, Nicholas was invited to stand as Liberal Party candidate for the Yeovil constituency but refused. Instead newcomer Paddy Ashdown was adopted and won the seat.
TV appearances include Four Feather Falls, The Arthur Haynes Show, Benny Hill Show and from 1971 to 1984, Sale of the Century.
He has also chaired Radio 4’s Just a Minute since its inception in 1967, never missing an episode.
He was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours.#
Thew A1 northbound close to the Little Ponton turn off is closed for recovery.
Both lanes are closed due to an overturn refrigeration unit, a waste wheeler (bin lorry) and a single car.
No iunjuries are reported.
The High Dyke is closed and heavy traffic due to accident between Easton Lane and Pit Lane.
.Drivers are advised to avoid the area.
Road closed, rolled Over Truck, queueing Traffic, detour in operation
Road closed and queueing traffic due to rolled over truck on A1 Foston By Pass Northbound between A52 Barrowby Road (Grantham North / Barrowby Turn Off) and Foston turn-off.
The road surface has been damaged by the overturned lorry carrying a transformer.
A farm near Grantham is offering hands-on Lambing Experience Days this Spring in a bid to better educate visitors about where their food comes from.
Mill Farm in Barkston is a working farm with accommodation and owner Steve Elnor is keen to provide some exciting and educational experiences for guests who are staying in one of his Running Water Deluxe WigwamⓇ Cabins. He is running lambing experience days from 9am – 1pm on March 21, 22, 26, 28 and 29 and April 2, 4, 5, 9 and 11.
Steve said: “I thought it might interest people who are staying on the farm to see what happens during lambing season. There has been a lot of negative press around British farming so far this year, so what better way to dispel the lies than to show people how real farms work and offer a hands-on experience?
“They’ll spend a few hours in the morning in the lambing sheds with me where I’ll talk them through how we feed, lamb and raise the sheep and they’ll hopefully, but we can’t promise it, see some lambs being born, then they’ll head back to the cabins for a well-earned hot lunch provided by The Stag pub in the village.”
Steve will give visitors the opportunity to feed the sheep, assist with moving them and even have a go at bottle-feeding the lambs.
It is the first time he has invited members of the public into his lambing sheds and he is hoping it will be an experience they remember for a long time to come.
He added: “British farmers want nothing more than to show people just how well they care for their animals, what goes into raising them for food and why it is so important to buy British and support local. Here in Lincolnshire we are at the heart of rural food production.
“I hope that visitors will go away having had a once in a lifetime experience witnessing lambs being born but also with a changed attitude towards British farming.”
The cost of the lambing experience is £35 per adult, £20 for under 16s (or £13.50 per head for younger children if sharing a meal between two). Due to the hands-on nature of the experience and risk of infection, it is not open to women who are, or might be, pregnant.
Each Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabin sleeps up to four people and are priced from £65 per night. Children under 16 stay free. To book visit www.wigwamholidays.com/millside
Nottinghamshire Police has arrested three people in connection with catalytic converter thefts in the county after executing warrants in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.
The recent enforcement activity and arrests follow reports of seven catalytic converter thefts from city car parks on 25 November 2019.
Four were from the Toton Lane park and ride site, two from the Phoenix Park park and ride and one at The Forest Park and Ride.
Two men, aged 29 and 26, were arrested on suspicion of theft after officers carried out a warrant in Bagworth, Leicestershire, on 16 January 2020.
A 21-year-old man was also arrested in Grantham, Lincolnshire, on 14 January 2020 on suspicion of theft.
The three men have been subsequently released under investigation.
Detective Inspector Steve Wragg, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “These two days of enforcement action and resulting arrests shows the positive action we are taking as a force to tackle this crime type, to identify individuals suspected to be involved in offences and to bring them to justice.
“While we have seen a rise in catalytic converter thefts as a force, this is very much a national and regional issue, rather than being just a Nottinghamshire issue.
“We have made arrests and carried out search warrants in relation to catalytic converter thefts and we are using a range of tactics to tackle this issue.
“Catalytic converters, which convert vehicle exhaust emissions into less toxic gasses, are targeted because they contain high value metals.
“Catalytic converter theft can have a big impact on victims as repairs can be costly and time spent without a vehicle can make it difficult for victims to get to work, drop their children off at school and generally go about their daily business.
“As previous incidents have shown, it can take offenders only a matter of seconds to remove a catalytic converter which is why we’re urging members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us.
“As well as enforcement we are also working closely with partners, including car park operators, to look at crime prevention measures and signage to warn and educate drivers of the rise in catalytic converter thefts, as well as offering advice to motorists on steps they can take to protect their vehicles from opportunistic thieves.
“If you see anyone jacking a car up in a public car park or on a public road or if you see anything that doesn’t sit right or anyone acting strangely please call us on 101. If a crime is currently taking place, call 999.
“People should also consider protective marking, and check with their vehicle’s manufacturer to see if there are any protective guards they can purchase.”
In order to minimise the chance of becoming a victim of catalytic converter theft we offer the following advice:
* If you can, park your vehicle in a locked garage when it is unattended.
* If it’s not possible to garage your vehicle, park it in a busy, well-lit area as close to your property as possible.
* Consider installing a Thatcham approved alarm to your vehicle. Ones that activate if your vehicle is lifted or tilted are particularly effective.
* Use a catalytic converter protection device or marking system.
Catalytic converters control and convert exhaust emissions from your vehicle into less toxic substances. If yours is stolen, you will know because your vehicle’s engine will sound different.
If you suspect your catalytic converter has been stolen, report it to police immediately by calling 101.
St Barnabas Hospice Tree-cycle service has collected over 1,600 Christmas trees to help fund end-of-life care.
Lincoln, 27th January 2019 – Now in its fifth year, the St Barnabas Hospice Tree-cycle has been a huge success. Over 1,600 trees were collected, raising £27,000 for the Hospice. This is a whopping 36.5 times the amount that their first ever Tree-cycle raised five years ago, making it their most successful Tree-cycle to date.
From Saturday 11th January, St Barnabas staff joined forces with some wonderful volunteers from local businesses and the community to collect the trees and recycle them for wood chippings.
Particular thanks go to Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Lincolnshire Coop, Gelder Group, OSB Events, Wallbreaker, Delta-Simons, Hurst Arb, Continental Landscapes, Simpson Arboriculture, Manor Farm Tree Services, KWP Plant Hire, Bytham Trees, Sam Trimmer Tree Services, Arborez, Downtown Garden Centre, Stamford 2nd Scouts, Inspire+, Anwick Garden Centre, Nunton Christmas Trees, Fillingham Christmas Trees and Doddington Hall.
Recycled trees are turned into wood chippings that can be used in multiple ways. Wood chippings can be used for biomass boilers, which heat many Lincolnshire homes. They can also provide shelter and layering for farmyard animals and in some cases can be turned into BBQ charcoal which is then sold from local farms.
Melissa Gaffney, Event Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice, said: “Thanks to support from the local community, the 2020 Tree-cycle has been the most successful to date, beating last year’s total by over £13,000 We couldn’t have achieved this level of success without the wonderful local businesses who have donated their time, equipment and expertise to the campaign.
“I’d also like to thank members of the public who came forward to volunteer their time and help us collect Christmas trees. Their support has been hugely valuable and has meant that we could extend our collection locations further across Lincolnshire.”
The money raised from this year’s Tree-cycle will have a huge impact on the care St Barnabas delivers to people across Lincolnshire living with a life-limiting or terminal illness and their families and carers.
Just as an example, £27,000 could fund 2,150 three-course meals and warm blankets for patients, 1,055 mouth care kits to relieve discomfort, or 526 bereavement support sessions. St Barnabas has lots of exciting new ways to fundraise planned for 2020 – the next being Gin and Jammies. Gin and Jammies means supporters can drink gin with their friends, in the comfort of their own home, in their ‘jammies’, all whilst fundraising
Pupils at St Anne’s CE Primary School in Grantham are set for a bumper year of sport ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after winning £20,000 to spend on new equipment for a healthy legacy from Aldi.
The school won the prize as part of Aldi’s Kit for Schools campaign, which will provide students with a range of exciting new sporting opportunities, with the prize money being put towards refreshing their current ‘Trim Trail’; a set of playground equipment that encourages outdoor active play. The funds will also be used to install new outdoor gym equipment for the children to use during PE lessons and at break time.
The funds will be used to encourage more children to be active ahead of Tokyo 2020, following a report by Sport England which showed that one-third of children take part in less than the recommended minimum of thirty minutes of physical activity a day*.
St Anne’s CE Primary School was entered into the prize draw after Aldi shoppers in Grantham collected stickers every time they spent more than £30 at their local Aldi store and took them into the school.
St Anne’s CE Primary School was one of twenty schools across the UK to earn the £20,000 funding, while all schools who completed a poster received an exclusive Aldi sports kit, containing relay batons, bean bags, cones and bibs.
The Kit for Schools initiative was part of Aldi and Team GB’s long-standing efforts to get young people active and eating well. They have also collaborated on the Get Set to Eat Fresh campaign, which aims to teach young people about eating well and gives them the skills and confidence to cook fresh, healthy meals.
Aldi has already worked with more than 1 million young people, aged between 5 – 14, as part of the Get Set to Eat Fresh campaign, and plans to work with 1.2 million children before Tokyo 2020. Aldi has extended the initiative to run until Paris 2025, with the hope to inspire even more children to eat well.
Jonathan Austin, Headteacher at St Anne’s CE Primary School, said: “Physical education is a vital part of our curriculum, and Aldi’s support means we can provide our pupils with even more opportunities to get involved in sports and become more active. We hope it will inspire the children and, who knows, we may even discover a future Olympian of our own.
“It has also been fantastic to see so many local parents supporting us, and we would like to thank them for choosing to donate their stickers to us.”
Sean McGinty, Marketing Director at Aldi UK, said: “We are committed to working with Team GB to inspire young people in Lincolnshire to eat well and move more, and we are pleased to be able to help St Anne’s CE Primary School to give its pupils the chance to take part in additional sports activities.
“We will continue to work with schools across the UK in the run-up to Tokyo 2020 and beyond to encourage pupils to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.”
Aldi has worked with schools up and down the country since 2015 as part of its partnership with Team GB.
Grantham students completed their course this week and have confirmed university offers, while others are waiting for further interviews
Congratulations to our Access to Higher Education (Healthcare) mid-year cohort for successfully completing their course yesterday!
They now plan to progress either into employment or to degrees in adult nursing, mental health nursing, midwifery, psychology and counselling, sports coaching, paramedic science and so many others.
Well done and good luck with your futures!
“An excellent preparation for university.”
“Very supportive – all the students are working towards the same goal.”
“Having been out of education for ten years, the course was a great way to get stuck back in, in an environment that is patient, understanding and flexible.”
“It’s the second chance that everyone deserves.”
“A fantastic course with experienced teachers … it’s given me loads of confidence to continue my education to university.”
For more information on the many Access to Higher Education courses the college offers, please visit: http://www.grantham.ac.uk/courses/access-to-higher-education/
Or contact them on 01476 400200 / email firstname.lastname@example.org
Grantham Town’s match against Matlock Town, schedule for tomorrow (Tuesday) has been postponed, due to a murder investigation.
It follows the death of Matlock midfielder Jordan Sinnott who died after being assaulted on a night out in Retford.
Jordan, 25, was discovered by police with a suspected fractured skull after the incident in Market Place, Retford, which took place just after 2am on Saturday, January 25.
He was taken to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital with life-threatening head injuries and placed on life support. Police said he died in hospital just before 6pm on Saturday, surrounded by his family.
Three men have since been arrested soon after the incident and detectives launched a murder investigation following Jordan’s death.
Jordan was on loan at Matlock Town from Alfreton Town and both sides postponed their games on Saturday as a mark of respect.
Today we are launching our violent crime reduction initiative which aims to reduce the numbers of violent offences in the county.
Violent crime in Lincolnshire accounts for 36% of all recorded crime. The latest crime statistics released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have shown a 12% national rise in offences of this type.
In Lincolnshire our numbers of recorded violent crime have increased by 74% (from 12,325 to 21,447), the new ONS figures have revealed. Violent crime includes offences that have resulted in injury to the person but also those that have not caused injury, as well as offences such as stalking and harassment, and numbers of killed or seriously injured on the roads.
We know that some of the rise in numbers can be explained by changes in our recording practices. For example, we may have previously attended an incident where one victim had been affected and we recorded one crime. But during the course of enquiries that individual may have revealed other offences such as non-recent crimes which we may not have recorded. We are now making sure those offences are also captured and collated, meaning our numbers have spiked.
But some of the figures are due to genuine rises in offences.
To tackle the numbers of violence crimes in Lincolnshire we are launching a new force-wide initiative aimed at reducing and preventing further offences of this type, focussing on victims, and engaging with partners to reduce harm in our communities.
Assistant Chief Constable Kerrin Wilson explained: “Lincolnshire is still a safe place in which to live and work. The ONS stats released today show that we’re ranked 19th safest in the country.
“Saying that, I know that the numbers and some of the recent incidents in the county may be of concern to our communities. I want to explain what we’re doing in response to violent crime with our forcewide initiative.
“We have a number of tools available to us to police violent crime, which range from enforcement to measures such as the Stalking Protection Orders which came into being earlier this week, to partnership approaches with other agencies that will enable us to treat the causes of violent crime rather than the symptoms.
“Our focus on offences of this type is aimed at preventing further victims, safeguarding those who have been victims, and bringing offenders to justice. Our victim-centred approach means that we will be putting a spotlight on the journey of a victim and trying our hardest to ensure that those individuals are not subject to any additional trauma. This is from first contact, through to the follow-up work that we do with Victim Lincs and support people are given through the Criminal Justice process, through to our complete engagement with victims.
“We have always policed violent crime but what we are doing now simply consolidates that approach and makes sure our officers and staff have a focus on driving down those numbers, which can only mean driving down the numbers of victims.
“We will regularly be communicating the work of our teams in our communities and force-wide and will be engaging with the public along the way. A large part of policing relies on information from the public and I’m committed to ensuring that we keep talking to our communities. The more you keep talking to us and telling us about any issues or concerns you may have, the more intelligence we will be able to gather, and the more action we may be able to take.
“We’ll never say we’ve done enough, we will always review what we do and how we do it to find ways to improve the service we provide to the people of Lincolnshire.”