A CAR was seized by the Lincolnshire Road Policing Unit in Grantham this morning.
They took the step after stopping a driver, who admitted to having neither insurance, an MOT or road fund licence.
Grantham personal injury and industrial disease specialist solicitors are appealing to former employees of the Wolsey clothing factory who may have since been diagnosed with lung cancer mesothelioma, potentially caused by exposure to asbestos during their work as machinists with the company.
The company operated from the 1960s to the mid-1980s at Gonerby Hill Foot, in premises now occupied by Moy Park.
The industrial disease and personal injury specialists can help former employees from their Dysart Road office, Grantham.
If you have suffered as a result of your employment with Wolsey then please contact JMP Solicitors on 01476 565 295 or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org
BUSINESS was booming at Wolsey’s factory at Gonerby Hill Foot, in 1972, when this picture was taken.
Orders for its Lombardi range of clothes was up 40 per cent up on the previous year and exports tripled in three years.
That year, deputy Prime Minister George Brown visited the factory to meet some of the 200 workforce.
Wolsey closed in the early 1980s was the factory was taken over by poultry processors G W Padley.
Chasing The Eclipse in Market Place on Thursday and Saturday. Photo: Jim-Markland
Grantham’s town centre night time transformation starts this Thursday evening and culminates in an explosive finale on Saturday as part of this year’s Gravity Fields Festival.
It’s a programme of giant puppets, light and dance shows, music, busking and juggling, St Wulfram’s church transformed into Space Station Grantham, children’s entertainment and laboratories engineering mysterious, pulsating experiments and huge Giants of Science emerging for Saturday’s show-stopper.
On Thursday evening, September 25, the Chantry Dance Company premieres its amazing Chasing the Eclipse celestial dance spectacle at 7.45pm and 9pm in the Market Place, a promise of things to come later in the festival.
On Conduit Lane the Volatile Light exhibition from IOU spills outside into light painting.
Then on Friday evening, St Peter’s Hill becomes a giant theatre stage – literally – with a mysterious laboratory springing up thanks to London based outdoor arts company Emergency Exit Arts.
Local performers join eminent scientists as they feed their experiment with knowledge mined from previous generations.
In neighbouring Abbey Gardens, Catalan artists Titeretu will display five giant puppeteer hands made of iron and wood with a chance for the audience to take control.
Saturday’s road closures will then allow the festival to take over the centre of town with a compelling mix of science displays from the George Centre to St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham Museum, and the Conduit Market stores.
At 5pm historic silk banners process from St Wulfram’s to St Peter’s Hill to mark the end of the In Newton’s Footsteps walks – and the ever popular Dizzy O’Dare opens their Museum and the Wonderful World of Mr E.
The main evening events begin at 7pm with Chasing the Eclipse returning to the Market Place, surrounded by a special food and craft market and fringe events promising music and entertainment.
On St Peter’s Hill an apothecary encampment offers Higgler’s Eye Magic and a meeting with Jack’s doctor of physic apothecary.
And finally the laboratories give birth to their Giants of Science, with Newton, Marie Curie and other giants re-born, aided by 1,000 students, local children and community groups and a procession reaching the High Street at 9pm.
Last year, police chiefs across the Country highlighted the drain on police resources caused by excessive drinking and called for alternatives, such as ‘drunk tanks’, to put the cost back to the drinkers.
Despite a big debate last year, there have been few changes and police still have to pull officers off their beats to deal with the drunk and disorderly in town centres at the weekend.
This weekend police forces will try to highlight the problem and encourage drinkers to take responsibility for themselves on a night out.
They will be using “Track Back” information to help target these checks in the most effective way. Track Back uses identification numbers on cans and bottles to ascertain where they were bought from.
This is a tool Lincolnshire Police use to help target premises who are, for example, selling to underage drinkers or street drinkers.
Also as part of the campaign, Lincolnshire Police will question those involved in incidents where alcohol consumption is a key element to establish where and when alcohol bought and consumed. This will help us build a picture of any specific problem areas we can take steps to address.
Plain clothes and uniformed officers from the Alcohol Licensing Department will be on duty over the weekend, visiting premises around the county. Part of this activity is intelligence led and is aimed at venues where we believe criminal behaviour is regularly occurring.
They will be working closely with Trading Standards who are engaging with the University over the “fresher’s” period to promote messages of sensible drinking.
National Policing Lead on Alcohol Harm, Chief Constable Adrian Lee, feels that progress has been limited over the last 12 months and there is a real need for more to be done.
He said: “We raised this issue last year and got real support from the public, other emergency services, health services, some parts of the alcohol industry and politicians. We have seen increased efforts in the last 12 months from the alcohol industry and licensed venues to tackle excessive drinking, but these efforts have barely scratched the surface of a problem that is blighting our communities.
“Voluntary measures such as stopping the production of ‘super strength’ products in large cans, a commitment to responsible promotion of alcohol in shops and supermarkets and a small investment in education in schools are steps in the right direction. But they are small steps. There is much more to be done.”
CC Lee said “To make real change we need strong oversight of the alcohol industry, we need to look at ways of dealing with the price and availability of alcohol and effective treatment for offenders with alcohol problems. But there is only so much progress we can make without individuals taking personal responsibility for their drinking. Social tolerance for excessive drinking is far too great and it is considered normal to be so drunk that people are not in control of themselves. This puts an enormous burden on police and health services and affects the service we offer to the public.”
ONE of Grantham’s first secondary modern schools is to be demolished.
An application is being made for permission to pull down the Ruskin Prior Academy, Queensway,.
Now surplus to requirements as the academy has moved everything to its Rushcliffe Road site, owners Lincoln Diocesan Trust & Board of Finance can see no further use for the buildings.
Originally called St Wulfram’s Secondary School, it was opened in 1956 by the Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Rev Kenneth Riches.
Costing £142,579 the three-storey building was designed to take 600 boys and girls.
Most new pupils were drawn from the National Schools in Castlegate and senior boys from Spittlegate School, St Catherine’s Road.
It was later renamed Grantham Church School, prior to gaining academy status.
WORK is progressing well on the new Lidl store, Watergate, although it is understood to be a few days behind schedule.
A new team is expected on site any day now to lay foundations.
The new store, due to open early next year, will include vehicle access from Watergate although the car park will be smaller.
A section of Springfield Road in Grantham will be closed today (Friday) to allow for a structural survey of the railway bridge.
The road will be closed from the junction at London Road and South Parade, known locally as Gainsborough Corner, to the bridge.
The closure will be in effect from 10:30am until 3pm to allow Network Rail to carry out the survey.
Senior Highways Officer Mic Thornhill said: “As the bridge has previously been struck by tall vehicles attempting to pass underneath, engineers from Network Rail must examine it.
“We realise these works are taking place at short notice, but we also wanted to avoid closing the road when this would conflict with events in the area and other pre-scheduled works.”
Signed diversions will be in place via the A607 Harlaxton Road and the A52.
For more information about these road works, please visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/roadworks
GRANTHAM Journal owners Johnston Press is piloting new-look newsrooms at a series of titles in the midlands which could be rolled out across the company.
Under the plan, journalists will no longer work for individual newspapers but will be part of a central unit responsible for several different titles.
The idea is being piloted at the company’s centres in Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire.
Titles affected include the Derbyshire Times, Matlock Mercury, Mansfield and Ashfield Chad and Worksop Guardian.
The plan, which was announced to staff last week, will see journalists at around 11 weekly newspapers in the region combined into the three teams or ‘units.’
The Derbyshire unit for example, will cover the Derbyshire Times, Matlock Mercury, Buxton Advertiser, Ripley and Heanor News, Belper News, Eastwood and Kimberley Advertiser and Ilkeston Advertiser.
A separate central unit will cover entertainments, community news, ad features and sport working across all the titles in the region.
A Johnston Press spokesman said: “We have launched a pilot project in one area of the north Midlands, led by our editorial teams, which aims to transform the way we gather and disseminate news and information across multiple platforms.
“We are looking at ways of allowing our news teams to focus on specific areas of content and improving our reader experience.”
A Grantham firefighter used a bucket of water to extinguish a fence panel on fire, on Winchester Road, Grantham, at lunchtime today (Wednesday).
THE incident at Reedings Road, Barrowby, was resolved at about 2:45am this morning (18/09/14) with the arrest of the 21-year-old man on suspicion of committing an offence of unlawful imprisonment.
The man remains in custody at Grantham.
The incident began at about 4:00pm tyesterday and the area was cordoned off. Armed police were involved.
No-one was injured in incident.
Grantham Police wish to thank the residents in the area affected by the police activity and cordons for their cooperation, understanding and patience.
Plans for the proposed new multiplex cinema in Grantham’s St Catherine’s Road will go on display to the public for an extended period later this month.
Residents and interested parties can view details of the proposed development in the previously advertised event in the Newton Room of the Guildhall Arts Centre in the town from 12pm to 6pm on Friday September 19.
They also have the chance to feedback their views at SKDC’s St Peter’s Hill Customer Service centre from Monday September 22 to Friday September 26, during customer service opening hours.
Alternatively residents can also email their thoughts on the plans at any time to email@example.com. The deadline is Friday September 26 at 5pm.
SKDC’s development control committee could decide on the proposed plans in October.
If given the go ahead, work could begin on the site later this year with a completion date of late 2015.
Professor Brian Cox, the UK’s best known physicist, and former rock star, is to appear at the Gravity Fields Festival via a live video link in a last minute festival coup.
Star of blockbuster shows, TV presenter, author and frequently labelled the rock star scientist, Professor Cox OBE will feature in a special half hour question and answer session in Grantham’s St Wulfram’s Church on Saturday afternoon (27 September).
The man credited with making science engaging and accessible to millions will be asked questions by Dallas Campbell, TV presenter and Patron of Gravity Fields Festival, as part of the two day CERN Live exhibition.
This event is not ticketed but those attending the previous free event in the same venue ‘Smashing Physics’ with Professor Jonathan Butterworth will be given priority to remain in the venue.
Interested members of the audience are invited to arrive at the St Wulfram’s Church from 3.30pm but entry into the building will not begin until 3.45pm. Adult attendees will be invited to donate £5 per person.
Professor Cox’s books and TV programmes have been read and watched around the world. With his down-to-earth and likeable enthusiasm, Brian’s tag of rock star scientist harks back to his days as keyboard player for D:Ream.
As Professor of Particle Physics at Manchester University, he is also a key part of the ATLAS and the CERN Large Hadron Collider projects.
His TV shows include Wonders of the Universe, Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of Life, each looking at the fundamental science behind everything from stars and planets to atoms and microbiology.
POLICE are looking for arsonists who set fire to 600 straw bales at 5.15pm on Monday at a farm on Hough Road, Hough on the Hill.
Anyone with information is asked to contact them on 101 quoting incident number 358 15/09/14
Also, at about 06:20am this morning a cement mixer was taken from a garden on Sandy Lane, Marston (incident 64 17/09/14)
ONE of its youngest swimmers, Iona Colbert delivered the most solid performance for Grantham Swimming Club in Sunday’s Lincolnshire League final.
Iona came first in her individual race, improving her 25 fly almost by a second and bettering the old club record.
Surprisingly some of our last year Midlands swimmers struggled to finish their races in top place. This is a good lesson to start to work even harder during sessions.
Chloe Hopkinson swam strongly to finish in 2nd place in 25 free. Jack Barnes demonstrated huge improvement. First he dropped 6 seconds in his freestyle race, and then 5 seconds in the breaststroke.
Ella Coleman although swimming with injury was one to count on. Ella came first in 50 breastroke clocking a respectful nearly 2 seconds personal best. James Dobney showed some good, solid strokes with personal best in 50 breastroke and 50 free where he came first.
Beth Gibson supported her relay teams well and also nicely progressed in 50 backstroke. Annabel Roberts had no competition in 50 backstroke, coming comfortably first with a solid personal best.
Freya Colbert managed a small improvement in 50 fly as well as Matthew Smith, but for Matthew it was enough to claim victory in his race.
Matthew also won 50 free and 50 backstroke improving in the last one nearly a second. Freya Colbert added a valuable victory in 50m freestyle.
Allen Jacob seemed a bit off the pace, but it was enough to come first in 50 fly.
Mia Ellis had quite an impressive performance. In 25 backstroke Mia swam like a little rocket dropping over a seconds from her previous time and leaving the competition well behind. Billy Reed also won a race in 25 backstroke with a pb and clocked a descent personal best in 25 fly.
Sophie Sutton and Jarrod Tylor swam 50 fly and both swam impressive personal bests, but Sophie controlled the race finishing first. Lara Hawkes fought well in 50 breastroke improving by almost a second and Imogen Raistrick who came first in the last individual race with solid personal best.
Well done to our cannon relay who came first by a tiny margin. Iona Colbert, Billy Reed, Colbert Freya, James Dobney, Lara Hawkes, Matthew Smith, Abigail Farkas and Jacob Allen who in his last leg managed to bring a victory back to Grantham!
SKDC has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (15-21 September), and will be raising awareness of gas safety issues at its markets.
This fourth annual Gas Safety Week will see the whole industry coming together to bring gas safety to the forefront of people’s minds.
SKDC will have representatives explaining to residents about the campaign at Bourne market on September 18, Stamford Market on September 19 and Grantham Market on September 20.
Dangerous gas work can kill, so it is vital that gas appliances are safety checked at least once a year. If left unchecked, poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. In the last year alone, 343 people were injured and 10 people died as a result of gas related incidents.
Residents can sign up to a free reminder service at www.StayGasSafe.co.uk and use the interactive gas map to see how many unsafe gas appliances are lurking in an area.
SKDC’s portfolio holder for good housing Cllr Terl Bryant said “It’s vital residents make the relevant checks to avoid dangerous incidents in their homes.
“Check the website or ask one of our staff at an event in your part of the district on how you can stay gas safe.”
Russell Krämer, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said: “Every year, far too many people suffer from preventable gas related accidents, such as gas leaks, explosions, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s great therefore, that [insert name of organisation] has pledged its support and is raising awareness of gas safety issues, helping to let the 23 million gas consumers in the UK know about the simple checks they can make to stay safe.”
Follow these simple checks to stay gas safe:
For more information or to find Gas Safe registered engineer visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
For the first time South Kesteven District Council is introducing a cashless parking system within its car parks to provide motorists with a more convenient way to pay for parking.
The “Phone and Pay” system, provided by Bemrose Mobile, has been rolled out across all 12 of the district’s car parks in Grantham and Stamford.
Motorists will benefit from features such as optional text confirmation that parking has been booked and a reminder text when a parking session is due to expire.
They also have the facility to extend parking sessions via phone, SMS or Smartphone application, allowing shoppers and visitors to stay longer in the district’s town centres without having to rush back.
To encourage motorists to register and use the new service, there will be no transaction or SMS charges for the first three months that the service is in operation until October 1.
SKDC’s portfolio holder for well run council Cllr Mike Taylor said: “Cashless parking is a much more flexible system, which will provide a quick, easy and safe way for motorists to pay for parking sessions via their mobile phone, in addition to the existing pay and display machines which will remain in place. We also hope it will encourage motorists to stay for longer in our town centres.
“We are also using this system to prevent motorists from falling foul of penalty notices for being over an allotted parking time.”
A spokesperson for Bemrose Mobile said “We are thrilled to be rolling out our service within the council-run car parks of South Kesteven.
“Phone and Pay” is a quick and secure way to pay for parking and once a motorist has used the system the first time, their details will be retained for future use to make parking even more convenient.”
To use the new service, motorists can pre-register their vehicles online at www.phoneandpay.co.uk, download the app by searching for “Phone and Pay parking”, call 01476 856836 or text their vehicle registration number to 07786 207708.
Their reward for a 4-1 win on Saturday is a short trip against their Evo-Stik League Northern Premier Division rivals on September 27 in the second qualifying round.
Winning clubs in the next round receive £4,500 from The FA Prize Fund.
A RAPE crisis centre is to open in Grantham.
The facility will offer victims of sexual crime expert advice, support and counselling and help them negotiate the criminal justice system.
It will have a £300,000 annual budget.
Fay Maxted, of The Survivors’ Trust, operating the Grantham centre, said: “We are delighted that funding has been awarded to establish a new rape support centre in Grantham.
“At the moment Grantham and the surrounding area does not have a specialist rape support centre, meaning that traumatised and vulnerable individuals who desperately need access to support can face long journeys, long waiting lists or may not be able to find support at all.”
Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan said: “I want women to know that if they ever suffer the horrific ordeal of rape or sexual assault that they will be offered all of the expert advice and support they need to rebuild their lives and put the perpetrator behind bars.
“This Government committed to open 15 new support centres across the country and I am proud to say that this announcement today means we have delivered on our promise.”
The Lincolnshire Community Foundation (1092328; grants of £1 million pa) with the Evan Cornish Fund, is tackling domestic violence.
Given a growing problem (assaults are on the increase) and diminishing resources, LCF agreed to support a pragmatic, new approach.
Foundation Director Gordon Hunter said: “We have part-funded “Move on Together”, a scheme run by the West Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service. They train and deploy volunteers to act as mentors to victims of domestic violence.
“Recruits get eight weeks of training and “shadow” work, before pairing with “survivors”. Seven months into the programme, volunteer enthusiasm and feedback is very positive.
“It’s not only a realistic, cost-effective approach, it’s also, because of its structured, hands-on nature, very effective. 30 pairs are on a six month journey towards achievable goals like building confidence or getting more involved in their local community.”
Reported outcomes include