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Quality four-metre wrapping paper ( Red. Gold or Silver) £1 a roll 3 for £2.
Babies 1st Christmas hats, bibs and stockings £1.50 each. Watch out for more bargains this week and remember our profits support the local community.
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Image a newspaper that put your advertisement on every page.
A newspaper that could guarantee how many people read that page.
Well www.GranthamMatters.co.uk can
An advertisement with us would be on every page – and in December that was 290,000 pages – with January going to be even more.
Yes two hundred and ninety thousand views for an advertisement.
And these were reached by more than 45,000 individual readers.
So don’t waste your money on advertisements no one sees. We don’t employ sales staff so we don’t bully you into to taking an expense advert just to shut us up.
Our prices start from less than £15 a week including links to your website and animations.
Contact us at GranthamMatters@gmail.com or 07968 143197 for prices (much lower than newspaper advertising) and other details.
Oh, and we only take advertisements which promote businesses in the Grantham area as we believe
Police are warning that with longer nights and poor weather, cyclists must ensure they have lights fitted to their bikes, and to wear high visibility clothing.
A spokesman said: “At this time of year we often receive reports of cyclists riding on dark roads, wearing dark clothing and without any lights.
“Regardless of the safety implications, it is also illegal to use a bike at night without displaying lights, and attracts a £30 penalty if a cyclist is stopped by the police.
“We would far sooner you spend £20 on a set of lights, than £30 on a ticket!”
And if you’re buying a bike for a loved one this Christmas, don’t forget to fit a set of lights to it!
High visibility clothing and a well-fitted helmet will also help them safe this winter.
Lorraine Barnes asks …
Looking for a Band/Disco for my 50th Birthday Charity Ball in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Trust on 20th May 2016 (long way off – but things get booked quickly!).
Ball is at Belton Woods Hotel, Grantham.
Any recommendations please?
PUPILS at Little Gonerby Infant School went to see Aladdin at The Guildhall on Monday 15th December funded by the Friends of Little Gonerby School
The Friends of Little Gonerby School is a group of parents and friends of the School who help raise additional funds to improve the school environment for the children.
In previous years by holding events such as Summer Fayes, Quiz Nights for parents, Discos for the children, Festive Fayres the group have raised thousands of pounds funding projects such as an outdoor classroom, outdoor play equipment, money to revamp the old library and toys for wet play days.
Penny Pulfrey Co-Chair of the group said “It’s not just about raising funds to make a difference, a lot of the activities we do are more to engage the school community and create social events for the children and families.”
Last year the group again raised over £5,000 this will fund new IT equipment and already this term enough has been raised to take the whole school to the Christmas Panto at The Guildhall Theatre.
Helen Hilton Head Teacher, said: “I am so proud of the Friends of Little Gonerby School, the team are so dedicated and have helped the school with many projects that we simply could not do without the extra funds.
“Also they create a calendar of events that really bring our school community together. I would like to thank all of the friends, parents and families for supporting all the activity. The children have had a fantastic time going to see Aladdin together and it would not have happened without everyone’s
Community Books, Welby Street says…
Watch out for pre Christmas offers at Grantham Community Books
Outside books 75peach 3 for £1.50. 6 for £2.50.
Green dot books BOGOF. Selected Christmas items 50p.
A few “frozen” sweet cup left now only£1.50 more offers to be added during the week
Elaine Smith, of Ashby de la Launde, says…
I come from a strong Labour background. My uncle was Walter Harrison the Deputy Chief Whip in the Wilson and Callaghan Government and Labour MP for Wakefield for many years. It was written in his obituaries that he was prepared to go to any lengths to delay the onslaught of a Thatcher government that would erode worker’s rights and demolish working class communities.
I left the Labour Party in 1984, when I was 32, due to being disheartened by Labours lack of direct support for the miners.
I look back and feel proud that I followed my principles and supported the mining families, even though the media came out in force to demonise the strikers and their supporters.
I later worked has a Social worker in several previous mining communities and my conviction was reinforced when I witnessed first-hand the destruction and poverty that followed the pit closures.
We know that present Tory goals are to continue where the Thatcher government finished by creating greater wealth for themselves and their friends with a total lack of understanding and possibly care about the devastation caused to others.
It can even be said that they are out to dismantle the welfare state, the NHS and diminish public services through privatisation and outsourcing more than even Margaret Thatcher was prepared to proceed with when she governed.
We know that cuts always affect the vulnerable and low paid the greatest. Politicians have not actually been affected by any of the cuts or rises in the cost of living, (they gave themselves an 11% pay rise) and in-fact some politicians have benefited from the crisis that was created by greed, the city and the banks.
Stigmatisation of immigrants, the disabled, sick, unemployed, homelessness, poverty and hunger, while peers in the Lords moan that they could not possibly cope with a cut in the quality of champagne, sounds like something from Blackadder, but is sadly the reality of a society that caters for the 1% but not the 99%.
The annual Sunday Times ‘Rich List’ showed that the combined wealth of Britain’s richest 1,000 individuals rose by 15.4% in 2014 to reach £519billion.
History demonstrates that the ruling classes, including establishment figures, fully understand and fear the power of the working class when they unite and fight back in solidarity.
Consequently the ruling powers will go to great lengths to instil politics of fear and deliver propaganda through their media moguls to deliberately promote tactics that create divisions within our class. Diverting anger towards the poor, the vulnerable, the ill, welfare recipients and immigrants has been a highly influential and significant tactic since the 1980’s. The growth of UKIP voters is a product of this and should definitely not be seen as the alternative solution to what currently exists.
Can you imagine any of the mainstream politicians acknowledging that the real problems are not immigrants claiming benefits or older people living longer (recent statistics actually now show a future decline in longevity), but wealth disparity, tax evasion, zero hour contracts, benefit sanctions, the need for food banks, soaring rent prices, soaring energy prices, lack of appropriate social housing, erosion of civil liberties, workers rights and job security.
Should we be expected to put up with this in the 21st century? Labour seem to believe that we should settle for anything just to get them back in power.
The working classes have suffered oppression for many years and they need a voice that represents them, not more of the same.
It is so sad when all we can trust Labour to do, is keep on cutting spending and services and continue with further pay restraints and benefit freezes. They are failing to relate to people’s anger and misery.
I and many others are not represented in Westminster and consequently feel disenfranchised.
Fortunately the working classes have a history of fighting for change and their rights, and now is the time when we need to accept that we need to rise up and challenge.
Although I have recently begun to respect Russell Brand and his courage to speak out about what atrocities are going on in the country and how the powerful behave, I do believe that we should vote, but there does need to be a party that represents our interests.
One thing is clear about the outcome of the 2015 general election, whichever establishment party or combination of parties wins, they will continue with policies favouring the rich and austerity for the rest of us.
This is why I will be campaigning for TUSC, the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition.
They are prepared to organise a fight back against these massively unfair cuts and are building grassroots community resistance against ‘the powerful’.
Since 2010 when TUSC was set up, TUSC candidates have polled over 180,000 votes and a few have won council seats.
In May 2015 TUSC will be standing candidates in both the general election and the local council elections, to make sure that the establishment politicians are not left unchallenged and to prepare the basis for a party that truly represents the working classes, and ordinary people like me and you.
Ms Smith is also Lincolnshire National Pensioners Convention representative (personal capacity)
North Kesteven’s food businesses are the county’s cleanest in the county with almost all of them scoring the highest ratings for food hygiene standards.
Of the 775 ratings issued by Sleaford-based North Kesteven District Council on the quality of hygiene and food handling, all but 18 are now a three or above.
A staggering 531 achieve the top score of five – which is almost 100 more than at the same time last year and an increase of 150 over two years.
This means that North Kesteven has the highest proportion of ‘broadly compliant’ food businesses in Lincolnshire; the 52nd best performance of all local authority areas in England; and 59th best in the UK.
The Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme is consistent across the country, with ratings shown on distinctive green and black and available to search online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings
They range from a zero – meaning that urgent improvement is necessary, through to a five – meaning ‘very good’ compliance with legal requirements, which is a level al businesses should be able to achieve irrespective of size, simply by complying with food hygiene laws.
Nearly all of food businesses in North Kesteven, based in the Sleaford area, are classed as a three or above for food hygiene – at the most in Lincs and one of the best in the UK
In North Kesteven there are no longer any zero-rated businesses; eight are rated one-star, 10 are rated two-star; 48 at three-star; 178 at four-star; and 531 at five-star.
In South Kesteven, which includes Grantham, the comparable results are 22 one-star, 10 two-star, 62 three star, 151 Four star and 761 five star, a total of 1,006 food businesses in the district.
Sports clubs, leisure centres and sports organisations wanting to encourage more young people into sport have one month left to apply for Year 5 Sportivate funding to run activity sessions in Lincolnshire.
Sportivate funding gives young people between 11 and 25 the chance to receive six weeks of sport for little or no cost.
The next deadline to apply for Year 5 funding is Friday, January 16, 2015.
Over 400 projects have received funding since July 2011 allowing clubs and organisations to offer sports sessions for children and young people across the county.
Children and Young People Officer at Lincolnshire Sport,Lucy Blakey said: “Funding is available for sports projects in Lincolnshire to encourage semi-sporty teenagers and young adults to take part in sport. Each county will receive Sportivate funding from Sport England until 2017 to allocate to projects to encourage young people to be more active.”
“It is a great opportunity to encourage young people to get involved in sport but also provides a huge financial incentive for sports clubs, schools, leisure facilities and others to deliver more sport across Lincolnshire.”
Sports clubs, schools, community groups, NGBs, local authorities, universities, youth clubs, colleges, leisure facilities and workplaces targeting 11 – 25 year olds can all apply for funding. Projects are asked to base their applications on £40 per head for six to eight weeks of sport sessions.
The application form for funding can be found online atwww.lincolnshiresport.com/sportivate or to request a copy call Lucy on 01522 585 580.
Please email completed applications to email@example.com
Caythorpe SAS 6 Lions 3
Tom ‘Figgy’ Figura x4 Martin Proctor x2
Ashley Shaddy McClean Tyler Haynes
Motm: James Potts Martin Proctor
Digby Lions 7 Holdingham FC 2
Totemic 4 Ancaster 2
Tom Parker x 2
Witham 5 Long Bennington 4
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is reminding residents of their top tips on how to stay safe this December.
The festive season is often a busy period for the fire service, with a sharp rise of incidents within the home. From fairy lights and taffled up tinsel to candles and Christmas decorations, all can become fire hazards when proper care is not taken.
National statistics show that in December, 20 people a day are either killed or injured in accidental fires at home. In December 2013, there were around 2,700 accidental fires in the home in England – more than any other month of the year. In Lincolnshire, 45% of incidents during the same period were caused by cooking appliances, with mains electrics and candles making up another 20%.
Deputy community fire and safety manager at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service, Karl Turrill,said: “Christmas is an exciting time for many, but with all the excitement and distractions, it’s quite easy to forget that accidents can happen. The festivities often bring more fire risks into the home including candles, tree lights and cooking.
“The added influence of alcohol means that it is even more important to stay alert.
“Fires start when people become distracted, so please don’t leave cooking and candles unattended. It’s a good idea to check to turn off your tree lights when you are out or have gone to bed, and make sure your smoke alarm works.”
Top tips for staying safe this Christmas
- Test your smoke alarm
Make sure you and your family have working smoke alarms. Test them regularly.
- Have an escape plan
Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire – in the event of fire you should get out, stay out and call 999.
- Check your Christmas tree lights
A burning Christmas tree can rapidly fill a room with fire and deadly gases, so check your Christmas tree lights carry the British Safety Standard marque. If in doubt replace your lights and always replace faulty bulbs. When going to bed or going out for the evening, make sure you turn off and unplug your Christmas tree lights and outdoor festive lights.
- Don’t overload sockets
Make sure your electrical sockets aren’t overloaded with too many high voltage plugs – use a surge protected extension cable if necessary.
- Never leave cooking unattended.
The majority of fires start in the kitchen so this is a high risk area. Many of us enjoy a drink over the festive season but be sure to avoid cooking whilst under the influence of alcohol. Always turn off kitchen appliances when you have finished cooking.
- Do a good deed this Christmas.
Test the smoke alarms of someone you know who may need help such as an older relative or neighbour to ensure their safety as they are at greater risk from fire.
- Take care with candles
They look pretty, they smell good, but remember that candles have an open flame which can be dangerous.
- Don’t leave candles unattended
- Put candles in candle holders and place them on a heat resistant surface.
- Keep them away from flammable materials like curtains, and away from pets and children.
- When leaving the room, even if it’s just for a moment – make sure you put them out!
For more information on how to stay safe over the festive season, visitwww.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr
Keep hearing about fracking and earthquakes, but has this caused Grantham to move?
According to a flyer going through everyone’s door at the moment, the new Pizza Hut delivery is based in Grantham, LEICESTER!
Oh, and the latest pamphlet is from ‘Pizza Hot’! Life gets more confusing every day.
Make paying your mortgage the most important thing this Christmas as not doing so could lead to you losing your home.
If you’re struggling with your mortgage repayments and can’t get back on track – or are worried about losing your home, the temptation may be to ignore the problem especially during the winter holidays. Here is what you can do and where you can find help.
- Step 1 – Contact your lender
- Step 2 – Check if you have insurance cover
- Step 3 – Take action to cut your costs
- Step 4 – Speak to a free debt counselling service
- Step 5 – Check if you can get help with your mortgage payments
Worried about being repossessed?
If you’re worried that you may lose your home as a result of lapsed repayments, charities can provide support and advice, and there is plenty of help elsewhere too. SKDC can also offer support and advice by calling the Housing Solutions Team on 01476 40 60 80.
Selling your home as a last resort
If you know that your situation won’t change in the long term, think about selling your home yourself and renting or moving to a cheaper property.
If considering this option, ask your lender if you can stay in your property until you sell it and check if it offers help through an Assisted Voluntary Sale scheme. But make sure you have a place to live before you move out. If you keep your lender up to date and do everything you can to sell it, they should give you good time to sell.
Things to avoid
Here are key things to avoid if you’re struggling to pay your mortgage.
Taking out an additional loan to pay your debts. These loans can be very expensive and are often secured on your home, so putting it at greater risk. Mortgage offers that promise to help you avoid repossession may also put you at greater risk.
- Handing back the keys. You’ll still be responsible for the mortgage repayments before your home is sold, and possibly the outstanding balance if the money raised by selling your home isn’t enough to pay off what you owe.
- Selling your home without having a place to live. Your local council may not help you find a place to live if they think you’ve made yourself intentionally homeless.
- Sale-and-rent-back schemes. This is where you sell your home to a company and rent it back from them. The Financial Conduct Authority has stopped several of these schemes from operation because they treated customers unfairly. Avoid these schemes if at all possible, or, if tempted, talk to a debt counselling service first.
If you are having problems paying your rent or mortgage and need help or advice, please contact the Housing Solutions Team on 01476 40 60 80 or visit your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
Advice is also available online at www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/categories/homes-and-mortgages
Clare Hadlow says…
HUGE THANK YOU to all of the wonderful nurses in Grantham Hospital especially EAU & Ward One.
The care and compassion you are giving my dear old daddy is greatly appreciated, you truly are angels here on earth.
Janet Clow asks…
At 8.30am this morning, my S reg silver Ford Focus was stolen outside our house on Lime Grove, Newark.
if anyone hear anything or see it please contact Newark Police.