THE old radio mast up at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks is being dismantled.
A few feet has already gone from the top.
From the days of RAF Spitalgate, it has been seen from most parts of the town.
Pictures by Paul Clark
Dense vegetation in the area of Tower Lane, Harmston, near Leadenham, has now been cleared.
Lincolnshire Police had in the past received several reports from local residents that the area had been used as a site for outdoor sexual activity by men and women. Information provided to the police was gratefully received but was often limited meaning enforcement of public decency legislation was difficult.
The Neighbourhood Policing Team in the area and response officers carried out increased high visibility patrols in the vicinity and police vehicles were put in place in the area to act as a deterrent.
The area was very overgrown with thick bushes, some around 8ft in height surrounding the central area.
Now, North Kesteven District Council (NKDC), Highways Agency and Police have completely cleared the area, leaving only trees at the site (pictured). It is expected that the area will be maintained as such in the future.
A police spokesman said: “We hope that local residents can now use the area free of worry.”
NO sooner had this year’s Gravity Fields got under way than confirmation was made that the spectacular festival will be back in two years.
The event is organised by South Kesteven District Council and at this week’s launch Coun Linda Neal said: “And the answer to the question you have all been asking is ‘yes’ the Festival will be back in 2016.”
Coun Neal said that as well as the event being great for local people, the Council also had another very serious objective in mind.
“We want to put Grantham on the map and maximise the district’s potential as a great investment centre because, thanks to the East Coast mainline, we are only an hour from London, we have fantastic road links with the A1 on our doorstep, we are a stone’s throw from all the major Midlands cities and yet we are surrounded by beautiful countryside.
“When you add all this to reasonable property prices and a great quality of life, we believe we have an offer to match anything anywhere in the country.
“Gravity Fields gives Grantham both regional and national exposure in the best possible light as it portrays the town in a positive and cultural light and it shows potential investors that if they spend their money here there will be plenty of worthwhile things to do away from the world of work,” said Cllr Neal.
She added that the Council was very aware of Grantham’s links with Sir Isaac Newton, arguably the world’s most eminent scientist ever, and proud to be able to call him the town’s most famous son.
This year’s Festival contains 120 events covering serious science, educational sessions for children, artistic events and other activities which are quite simply good fun.
She added: “The outdoor events – particularly the explosive transformation of the town on Saturday – all promise to be absolutely fabulous – and I am sure thousands of people will turn out to see the fantastic things that will unfold.”
Businesses in South Kesteven are being reminded to check their trade waste agreements to ensure their waste and recycling is disposed of correctly.
SKDC are working with traders across the district to ensure they comply with rules to safely contain and legally dispose of any waste produced from their trading.
The law and regulations surrounding waste are very strict and requires businesses to have trade waste agreements in place.
The majority have but the council is aware of some cases where businesses use nearby residential bins or the council’s public litter bins to dispose of their commercial waste.
It has experience where business waste has been disposed of in the street or bins are filled illegally and in some cases to the point they are overflowing.
Businesses have a public care of duty not to dispose of their waste irresponsibly and if they do are committing an offence which carries a fine of £300
Four businesses in one area of Grantham town centre have worked with the council in recent weeks to find solutions to their individual needs to dispose of waste correctly.
Bladerunner hairdressers, Chris O’Connor Cycles, the Model Railway Shop Grantham and Thompson Industrial Tyre Services on Watergate in the town have all checked their agreements.
All are now aware of the need to dispose of their own waste, including paying for its disposal where necessary and keeping all receipts and tipping notes for at least two years.
SKDC’s portfolio holder for healthy environment Coun John Smith said: “It’s important for us to support businesses and work together to provide a good environment for businesses to prosper.
“Treating everyone equally is part of that world and it’s simply only fair to those businesses that comply with the law that others do too.
“It is vital businesses find a solution and put in place an agreement that means they are not using public or residential bins. This also means the area around their premises is not littered with their waste and the public can see they are a responsible trader.”
The law applies to every business, including anyone working from home such as garden clearances, packing, delivering, crèche or child minding, small businesses or second hand shops.
Businesses wishing to find out more on should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01476 40 60 80.
Left to right on the accompanying image are John Thompson, Thompson Industrial Tyre Services, SKDC’s Environmental Health team leader Pete Rogers, James Meadows from Bladerunner and Paul Cooper from the Model Railway Shop Grantham.
Golding Young & Mawer’s Grantham saleroom will play host to an outstanding collection of football books, ephemera and autographs on October 1st, 2014.
The single-owner collection, which relates primarily to Manchester United, is of exceptional quality and will attract bidders from across the globe.
Manchester United’s Old Trafford has seen a wealth of talent grace the hallowed turf. From a chap called Beckham to footballing greats such as Johnny Giles, George Best, Pat Crerand and Bobby Charlton.
The vendor , who wishes to remain anonymous, has been a life-long supporter of Manchester United since the age of 13. He has been attending the games for over 40 years and during that time has amassed this truly unique collection.
He said: “I started to take the a couple of books to every game I went to, so I could get past and present Manchester United football players to sign them. If I saw anyone of interest, such as Sir Tom Finney or Kevin Keegan, I would get them to sign the books also.
“I was fortunate to attend a tribute dinner dance for Nobby Stiles. Also attending were the Manchester United European Cup winning side from 1968 and the 1966 England World Cup team. Many of the autographs on the menus and books are from these footballing greats.”
Saleroom manager Andrew Doubleday said: “The beauty of this collection is its thoroughness. Thumbing through the various dinner menus, books and records – all comprehensively signed – one can see there is something for all fans of all eras of the great game; from the general football fan, the diehard United supporter or those who claim Best was BEST.”
The dinner menu is in A1 condition and features autographs from some of the big names of sport history; Crerand, Banks, Cohen, Hunt, Hurst and Kidd, Norman Whiteside, Alex Ferguson, Shay Brennan, Kevin Moran as well as a host of others. The menu comes with 4 plain menus and two tickets, rare in itself, but unique with these signatures. Also included are single books which appear with over 170 autographs on them, programmes too numerous to mention, books and guides.
Grantham resident valuer Craig Bewick said: “It is just what people want; a complete and thorough who’s who of Manchester United, plentiful and in excellent condition. This collection really is in a Champions League all by itself.”
Also in the sale is an impressive WW1 medal group which includes a Distinguished Conduct Medal. The medals were awarded to Colour Sergeant G. Brown of the Norfolk Regiment. Alongside the DCM are offered a 1914-15 Star, a British War Medal, a Victory Medal and a Belgium Croix de Guerre. The medals are estimated at £1,000-£1,500 and are being offered on behalf of the Samaritans charity following a generous donation to the Leicester Branch.
The public can view the football collection between 10am and 4pm on Tuesday (30th September) at the saleroom on Old Wharf Road. The sale starts at The Grantham Auction Rooms the following day.
The sale catalogue will be online at www.goldingyoung.com.
Golding Young strongly advise the public to view the online catalogue to check the items they wish to view before travelling, or call the team who will be happy to answer any questions on 01476 565118.
A 14th Century Grantham church turned into a NASA inspired rocket launch , travelling deep into space through solar systems, the milky way and asteroid fields – all part of the amazing Gravity Fields 2014, one of the country’s most popular science festivals.
Space Station Grantham , a video mapping installation with animation, at St Wulfram’s is just one of over 120 events at the Isaac Newton themed festival which runs until Sunday (September 28) and will see some of the UK’s leading scientists, historians and TV personalities arriving in town.
On Saturday evening Grantham will be turned into a giant pulsating living laboratory as ‘Giants of Science’ including Newton, Galileo and Einstein move through the streets in a procession involving schools and community groups. For more information visit www.gravityfields.co.uk
A gravitation and relativity expert who has followed in the footsteps of the great Sir Isaac Newton was the first to snap up a solid silver replica apple newly crafted in his name.
Like Newton, Dr Alan Barnes went to the King’s School in Grantham and, by remarkable coincidence, then studied physics, cosmology and mathematics as did the great man before him.
The former lecturer at Aston University in Birmingham spotted the silver apple – modelled on one from the tree at Newton’s Woolsthorpe Manor birthplace – within an hour of it going on show at Marcus Wilkinson’s jeweller’s shop in Grantham’s Blue Court.
Alan said: “I understand that the apple was produced to tie in with this week’s Gravity Fields Festival and I spotted it on a relatively rare trip back to Grantham.”
Alan’s wife Helen became the apple of his eye when she bought the silver cast for £750 and gave it to her husband.
“I think it looks really nice and I hope it will be a good investment although knowing me I will probably never sell it. I’ll keep it on my desk for inspiration,” said Dr Barnes who grew up in Grantham’s Belton Lane before going to university in 1965. He is now retired and lives in Congleton.
Shop owner Marcus Wilkinson, who was inspired to produce the silver apples by Grantham’s Gravity Fields Festival celebrating Sir Isaac Newton, said the apple sold within an hour of it going on show.
“I had literally just put the apple into the window. Dr Barnes was travelling through and had stopped here for lunch. How much of a coincidence was that?
“It’s taken about six weeks from the apple falling from the tree to producing the silver version, which can be mounted on a marble base and be inscribed with anything a customer wants. We did get permission from the National Trust before we embarked on this.”
Marcus has produced a range of Newton-related apples, from the solid silver version to high tech 3D-printed colour versions, adorned by silver leaves designed by his assistant Colette Neenan, just graduated in jewellery object design from Lincoln University and sharing Marcus’ passion for innovation.
The 3D printing innovation came from Grantham’s Jamie Clare at Iconic Engineering Solutions Ltd in Westgate, who will be exhibiting at The George Centre as well as in Wilkinson’s shop.
Wilkinsons’ Colette Neenan with the solid silver apple
Gravity Fields road closures in Grantham start today (Thursday, September 25) and in some locations last until Sunday, September 28.
The slip road outside the Guildhall and civic suite, including the taxi rank will close 8am on Thursday until 4pm on Sunday. Wide Westgate and Welby Street are closed from 9am today through to 3am on Sunday.
Others streets are closed as follows:
Thursday September 25 : 6pm to 11pm
Guildhall Street to the junction of car park
Friday September 26: 6pm to 10pm
St Peter’s Hill, from junction with London Road to Castlegate
Avenue Road (part of)
Elmer Street North
Saturday September 27: 3am to 11pm
Guildhall Street to the junction of car park
Saturday September 27: 2pm to 11pm
Guildhall Street from junction of car park to High Street including Greenwoods Row car park
St Peter’s Hill, from junction with London Road to Castlegate
Avenue Road (part of)
Elmer Street North
High Street (to junction of Vine Street)
Elmer Street North
Elmer Street South
Swinegate (part of)
Eight men have been charged with causing a public nuisance in relation to an illegal rave that took place at Fen Road, Dunsby, near Billingborough, on 25th-26th January, 2014.
Three were also charged with possession of criminal property.
All eight have been bailed after being charged yesterday (Wednesday 24th September) and will appear at Grantham Magistrates Court on October 13th.
Kyle Perrot, 19, of Nursery Close, Long Sutton (also charged with possession of criminal property)
Ashley Box, 20, Daniels Crescent, Long Sutton (also charged with possession of criminal property)
Sam Curtis, 22, of Gate House, Kings Lynn
Mark Payne, 37, of Washway Road, Holbeach
Liam Robinson, 21, of Park Lane, Long Sutton
Luke Onslow, 22, of Gedney Drove End, Spalding
Matthew Wilds, 21, of Alfred Avenue, Metheringham
Joshua Lake, 21, of Baulkins Drove, Sutton St James (also charged with possession of criminal property).
Primary school pupils across Lincolnshire are benefitting from an innovative new education programme, which will deliver key policing inputs, such as road safety, internet safety, crime reduction and Neighbourhood policing in a fun, child-friendly way.
PCSO WarrilowPCSO Dean Warrilow, from Louth Neighbourhood Policing Team, devised the concept, using his artistic skills to draw the friendly police characters.
He said: “It all began with PC Mark Property.
“Each time we hosted a property marking session in Louth stores such as B & Q or Halfords, I displayed a sign featuring the character so customers knew at a glance why we were in the store and how we could help”.
PCSO Warrilow began drawing other characters and with input from local schools and Lincolnshire Police’s Community Safety department, the programme was developed, with elements tailored to suit all primary school children from Reception through to Key Stages 1 and 2.
The programme covers a number of sessions, each focusing on a different policing message.
PC Drivewell ‘s character delivers road safety messages, teaching how to cross the road and the importance of seatbelts, child seats and cycle helmets.
The session involving PCSO Webb’s covers aspects to do with the internet and texting, teaching how to stay safe online.
PCSO Warrilow explained further: “For the very young children in Reception, PCSO Will Greetham’s character uses games and activities like colouring to introduce them to their local PCSOs and the role they do.
“ Older children can become involved in practical sessions including property marking and the programme can be used as a stand-alone package or to complement other school liaison work, for example, the Junior PCSO Scheme and Bobby Bear Lessons in Pride.
“Through feedback from my NPT colleagues, education and the children, the programme is continuously being developed to expand new topics, such as Cycle safety and antisocial behaviour”.
Every Neighbourhood Policing Team in the county is able to deliver the programme and any school interested in finding out more should contact their local PCSO for further information.
The council is encouraging people under the age of 18 to register to vote.
Residents who are 16 and 17 are being asked to register in advance to ensure that they don’t miss out on their right to vote. They can do this online or by contacting SKDC’s elections team on 01476 406080.
Reminder letters have also been sent asking people to return their registration forms after the council originally wrote to residents in July.
If residents have already responded they will not have had a reminder. If you have received a reminder letter telling you that you need to re-register, it’s important that you do so.
Local electoral registration staff have been working on the biggest change to the way people register to vote in over 100 years.
The transition to Individual Electoral Registration in summer this year means that everyone will register to vote individually, rather than by household as they have previously.
Whilst most people in South Kesteven will be transferred automatically to the new register, around 10,500 were asked to re-register. The council is focused on ensuring that people have the information they need to take action.
If you weren’t registered previously, you can register under the new system at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
For more information about the changes to voter registration you can have a look at our FAQs page at www.southkesteven.gov.uk/IER
THE fight to save an iconic Grantham building from the bulldozers has stepped up
At one stage there were plans to turn it into a hospital museum.
Trust spokesman Ian Hayden said the building was beyond repair.
He said: “With a building of that age eventually you have to make a decision what is the best thing to do with it and what you can afford to do with it and what is the best use of the funding resources.
“It needs total rewiring, a new fire alarm system, a new hot water boiler, new cold water system, the floors have rotted through and the roof would need taking off completely and replacing.”
But representative for Grantham North Ray Wootten says wants the building restored instead of being demolished and replaced by a car park.
He said: “I think this has been a deliberate ploy to leave it to wrack and ruin so that they can eventually come and say ‘it is not fit for purpose’. I think they ultimately want to knock it down.”
Mr Wootten has since received emails and verbal support for a petition.
He said: “I have a meeting with the ULHT representative at the end of September and on the 7th October I will be attending the AGM of the Trust at Boston.
“I will be putting questions to the board to see exactly what their plans are and will make a decision regarding a petition once I have the full facts.”
Two drivers have been caught on camera doing 133mph near Grantham, new figures show.
The drivers were spotted by a speed camera on a stretch of the A1 in the last 12 months – and one of them was a police officer.
One driver used a cloned number plate to fox the camera and get off while it is understood the police officer was authorised to break the 70 mph national speed limit in the course of his duties.
The details emerged following a Freedom of Information request by the Sleaford Target.
While the officer escaped prosecution, Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership spokesman John Siddle said officers went through the same procedure as members of the public when a speeding office had been committed.
He said: “There are officers walking around with points on their licence. The process for officers is the same as normal.
“The driver would be identified and we then find out if the driver was authorised to do that speed.
“If they were not, then the process is the same as it is for everyone.”
The two Lincolnshire drivers were still short of the highest recorded speed on roads in England and Wales between April 2013 and May this year.
A motorist on the M25 at Swanley holds the record for the highest speed clocked by a speed camera.
The driver managed to reach a speed of 149 mph.
Source: Sleaford Target
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is making improvements to the ways it gets patient views to improve the quality of healthcare services it provides.
From Wednesday 1 October 2014, the Trust is introducing the national Friends and Family Test survey to the outpatient departments and day case units at, Grantham and District Hospital, and other hospitals where it provides services.
The Friends and Family Test is an important way for our patients to tell us about their experiences of care within their services.
When patients leave hospital, or within 48 hours of discharge they will be invited to give their feedback via text or voice calls, by answering one simple question “How likely are you to recommend our ward/department to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?” using an “extremely likely” to “not at all likely” scale. We ask all patients to take a few minutes to answer the questions as your views are really important to us.
Deputy Chief Nurse Jennie Negus, said: “We have a large number of patients using our services and being able to ask as many as possible to give us their very valuable feedback is a huge task.
“Gathering views in real time from people who use our services is really important to identify and tackle concerns at an early stage, improve the quality of care the Trust provides and celebrate successes. The feedback is passed on to the staff on each ward and department to help them improve services by taking action.
“We know a number of our patients, especially younger people prefer to contact us using mobile technology, therefore we are providing as many options as possible so all patients can give us their feedback about what is working well and what we could have done better in a way that suits them.”
The Friends and Family Test was introduced to all clinical areas in 2012, with the Trust being one of the first in the country to pilot the test. It was extended to include our A&E departments and maternity services in April 2013.
Results for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and all other NHS Trusts including individual wards are published on NHS Choices, allowing the public to compare hospital performance and make choices about their care.
Another new Grantham retailer is set to open its doors having benefited from SKDC’s scheme that guides owners through the maze of opening a business.
The Tudor-built Catlins on High Street in Grantham will open as a Mediterranean cafe and restaurant in the coming days through new proprietor Amy McNamara who was given support by SKDC4Business.
Amy, a first time business owner, was recommended to the scheme by her property landlord and has received help on every aspect of the process and legislation required to start up.
She chose the location for the business over other neighbouring towns and cities citing the retail unit’s historic and traditional links in Grantham where the famous Grantham Gingerbread was once made.
The previous business in the location under the same name closed in March 2011 but the council’s priority on business growth helped promote its availability.
The business will focus on serving the traditional teas and cakes the unit was previously famed for, while also stocking a tasty contemporary menu.
Amy said: “The unit and location were a perfect fit for me and I’m looking forward to starting trading. The SKDC4Business scheme has really assisted me transform an idea into reality.
“I would recommend it to other current or prospective business owners.”
Initially the takeaway section of the business will open to the public before the unit opens on two floors, including the restaurant, later this year.
SKDC’s portfolio holder for grow the economy Coun Frances Cartwright said: “This is the latest business to benefit from the scheme and will be a welcome addition to Grantham’s High Street.
“It’s inspiring to see a trader see the potential of a business from its location and history and embrace it to see an opportunity. We wish Amy every success with the business.”
As well as exhibiting at the week-long George Centre Science Fair and Saturday’s Family Science Day, the RVC is staging ‘Adaptable Animals’ at 5.30pm on Saturday in Grantham Guildhall.
Isi Adeola, part of the college’s outreach team and with a degree in wild animal biology, will deliver an interactive display of how different animals catch their prey.
He has appeared at the Cheltenham Science Festival, London Science Museum and the O2 arena.
A NUMBER of cars have been reported as broken into in the Belvoir Castle area on Sunday.
In one instance, a Grantham driver had a satnav stolen.
Leicestershire Police say inquiries are ongoing.
Anyone with information should contact 101 incident no LEP 210914-0452.
GRANTHAM College is the official sponsors of the Gingerbread Soccer School.
The soccer school which is headed up by Keith Horton, Chief Executive of Grantham Town Football Club and a team of FA qualified coaches including Paul Teare, is open to both girls and boys aged 6-16 of all abilities.
Paul is a Level 2 FA qualified coach, who is DBS checked and Safeguarding of children qualified. The other coaches that assist all hold a minimum FA qualified Level 1 certificate and a DBS check.
The aim of the sessions, which are on a six-week rota basis, are to get children out in the fresh air, learn team skills as well as learning football themes such as passing, dribbling, attacking, defending, shooting and heading-these sessions can then lead into junior matches.
The first session for this year started last Saturday, 20 September, although first ran last year, the team are wanting to increase the numbers they saw last year from 100 children to 200 this year.
Mr Horton said: “The club during the 2014/15 season are celebrating their 140th Anniversary and we are extremely pleased to partner with Grantham College to deliver a Football in the Community scheme.
“The Club is committed to building strong partnerships with a wide range of Grantham organisations from both the private and public sector to deliver initiatives to the wide cross section of the Grantham community.
“We look forward to welcoming both boys and girls of all abilities to the ground on a Saturday morning to enjoy the fun of football in a safe and secure environment.”
The soccer school runs on a Saturday morning 10.30am -11.30am on the pitches at the rear of Grantham Town Football stadium with the next 6 week rota starting Saturday 1 November. Each child will be presented with a certificate at the end of the 6 week as well as receiving a t-shirt at the start.
Grantham College Graphic Design students were briefed by the college’s Marketing & Media Officer Laura Taylor just 2 weeks ago to design a brand for the soccer school as they are currently brand less.
The students have been working hard to design a logo that will appeal to the target age group though keeping within the Grantham Town FC colours. The brand will be added to materials for the soccer school for the next group of children in November.
If you are interested in your child/children attending the soccer school simply turn up to the stadium on 1 November where you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire before the children start the first session.