- The ceremonial county of Lincolnshire is composed of the non-metropolitan county of Lincolnshire and the area covered by the unitary authorities of North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.
- Therefore, part of the ceremonial county is in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England, and part is in the East Midlands region.
- Lincolnshire is the second-largest of the English ceremonial counties and one that is predominantly agricultural in land use.
- The county is fifth-largest of the two-tier counties, as the unitary authorities of North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire are not included.
- Lincolnshire can be broken down into a number of geographical sub-regions.
- They include: the Lincolnshire Fens (south-east Lincolnshire), the Carrs (similar to the Fens but in north Lincolnshire), the rolling hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds, the industrial Humber Estuary and North Sea coast around Grimsby and Scunthorpe, and in the south-west of the county, the Lincolnshire Vales, comprising limestone hills in the district of South Kesteven.
- The county was shaken by the Lincolnshire earthquake on February 27, 2008, reaching between 4.7 and 5.3 on the Richter scale; it was one of the largest earthquakes to affect Britain in recent years.
- Lincolnshire is derived from the merging of the territory of the ancient Kingdom of Lindsey with that controlled by the Danelaw borough of Stamford.
- For some time the entire county was called “Lindsey”, and it is recorded as such in the 11th-century Domesday Book.
- Lincolnshire is an agricultural area, growing large amounts of wheat, barley, sugar beet, and oilseed rape.
- In South Lincolnshire, where the soil is particularly rich in nutrients, some of the most common crops include potatoes, cabbages, cauliflowers, and onions.
Alvin Stardust, who appeared at the Guildhall Arts Centre only last month, has died after suffering a short illness.
The 72-year-old singer passed away at his home surrounded by family.
He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.
These included “My Coo Ca Choo”, “Jealous Minds” and “Feel Like Buddy Holly”.
He made his musical debut in the early Sixties in unknown teen band Shane Fenton and the Fentones.
They went on to enjoy a handful of hits in the UK Charts, including “I’m A Moody Guy”, “Cindy’s Birthday” and “It’s All Over Now”, released via Parlophone records.
They eventually parted ways, and Jewry disappeared from the music industry for almost a decade before he emerged in the early Seventies with a brand new persona – Alvin Stardust – a glam pop rocker.
Grantham musician Trevor Leeson, who was on the same bill on September 20th, said he was sad to hear of the passing of Alvin.
He said: “I can’t claim to have known him well as I only met him for the first time on the 19th September when we did the show together at the Grange in Radcliffe and again at the Guildhall Theatre on the 20th.
“I’d heard from Vince Eager that he was well liked and respected in the business and during my brief encounters with him I could see how this reputation went before him.
“ He wasn’t even slightly “big-time” even though he had every right to be at least a little aloof. He was humble enough to congratulate me on my performances on both nights and he came across as someone you’d be happy to have a pint with in the pub.
“ On stage, despite the fact that he was evidently already very ill, he was the complete professional. He knew people had paid money to see him and he was obviously determined to make sure they weren’t disappointed.
“ One nice little touch, I thought, was when he kindly signed a single for record shop owner Dave Morgan as Shane Fenton.
“Whether we knew him as Shane Fenton, Alvin Stardust or even Bernard Jewry a lot of people in or out of showbiz will mourn his passing.”
We are getting reports of a two-car collision on Bridge End Road.
We would be grateful for any information to pass on.
**One lane closed on A1 southbound between Gonerby Moor and the A607 Harlaxton Road sliproad because of a broken down vehicle.
Traffic is queueing but making progress
Summer Shaw says…
MY 13-year-old brother and some of his friends were on their scooters today and went along Castlegate and through to Wyndham.
He’s just told me they got chased by a man who was carrying drugs and money. They saw him drop his knife down the drain and we’re terrified.
I’ve just got in and he’s shaking like a leaf and I have also seen this man wondering around Wyndham Park when it gets darker.
I would just like to warn you to tell everyone so it’s not their children getting chased because he’s terrified and I don’t want it to happen to anyone else
Please be careful around that area.
GRANTHAM College is looking to apply for funding to renovate Stonebridge and any history would greatly help us.
Built by banker John Hardy in 1858 it remained in the family until 1931 when it was bought by Mrs Schwind.
After the Second World War it was variously used as Spittlegate School and as police HQ until they moved in 1910. It is now being developed by Grantham College.
Principal Linda Houtby said: “Have any readers got any old photographs or stories that they would like to share with Grantham College about Stonebridge House?
“In return I am happy to organise tours of the site as it stands currently.”
Send your old pictures to GranthamMatters@gmail.com and we will send them on and arrange for a tour (if requested).
Stonebridge in 1940
Simone Garret says…
Springfield Road roadworks knock on effects ….. Persimmon site / Caunt Road
Totemic House wins awards constantly about their business and excellent staff yet I’ve never met such a rude ignorant and dangerous bunch of drivers.
Someone needs to come and observe.
When they leave work at 5.30pm they use the estate as a rat run at silly speeds when children are out playing, they block the road and you have to push your way out as no one will give way.
Then, to top it off, they jump the lights by going on the opposite of the road and getting on to Springfield Road.
A huge accident waiting to happen, failing that someone will get knocked down.
Sarah Searle says
My dad has lost his ring as shown in the photo.
He believes it may have come off in Oceans gym or in their carpark. It’s a 9ct gold ring with the word ‘MIZPAH’ written on it.
It’s a rather unusual design.
If anyone has or does find it please can you get in touch. There is a reward if returned as it holds sentimental value .
Last week we told you that M&S Foods was advertising for staff to man its new London Road outlet (next door to B&Q).
Many of our friends and followers said they couldn’t find it.
Well Jo Simmonds seems to have stumbled on the answer.
It seems according to the national company, Grantham has moved counties !
On the M&S job page Grantham is listed under Yorkshire and the Humber.
Police are currently dealing with an incident near Broadgate, Weston Hills,near Spalding, involving a military aircraft, believed to be an F-15.
The plane belongs to the US Air Force based at RAF Lakenheath and the pilot has escaped with only very minor injury.
Members of the public contacted emergency services around 3.30pm this afternoon to report that they had seen a jet come down in a field.
The plane has come down in an isolated rural area and no premises have been affected.
A cordon has been put in place and the public are advised to avoid the area as the plane is alight and the fumes may be hazardous.
Glenn Johnstone says…
Great planning or what??
Sainsbury’s petrol station is closed so what do Asda do? Close there’s!
The Manthorpe Road garage was waiting for a tanker delivery this afternoon so the London Road, Harlaxton Road and Somerby Hill ones were the only three open!
Great time to close Asda while Sainsbury’s has been knocked down.
At 7pm, Emma Skeith said: “I just went to fill up at Esso, there are empty pumps, there’s also empty pumps at Bridge End Road.
“Good luck everyone!!!”
Roxie Ball said: ” I work at the Jet Garage. We never closed – been open all day.
“We did run out of Unleaded about 11ish, Tanker should be in anytime now (7pm-ish).
A couple of recent pictures from Leelo Dallass of Wyndham Park’s former swimming pool, known then as the “swimming baths.”
It closed in the 1970s and was converted into a skateboard park for several years and has since been used as a model boating lake.
The National Football Museum has launched an exhibition in memory of a former Grantham Town player .
KEITH Alexander was a Saint Lucian footballer and manager, born in Nottingham.
He was the manager of Lincoln City, Peterborough United and Macclesfield Town, in a career that included international appearances for Saint Lucia.
Alexander played for a host of lower league and non-league football teams including two games for Grantham Town at the start of the 1983 season before moving on to King’s Lynn.
The Alexander family, including his son Matt, have loaned items ranging from his League Two Manager of The Month award to the Kick It Out badge he wore at every game.
There are also a host of tributes made to Keith following his death in 2010 at the age of just 53, from fans, players and colleagues Alexander made during a 36 year career, and even a letter of condolence to his family from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
The collection has gone on display at the museum during Black History Month, as Alexander is a pioneering figure as the Football League’s first full-time black professional manager.
Alexander (centre) training with Grantham Town in 1983
TODAY is the day we’ve all been waiting for with bated breath: Lincolnshire Day.
Yup, that’s the new date on the calendar to run aside such worthies as National Toilet Tank Repair Month and Incontinence Week.
The county flag will be flown on all public buildings to celebrate the anniversary of the Lincolnshire Rising, in 1536.
Now for anyone who’s not aware of the Lincolnshire Rising, this was a revolt by the Catholics against the establishment of the Church of England by Henry VIII.
It all went something like as follows.
Lincs folk: “We demand you leave our churches and their treasures alone.”
King: “No! Go away!”
Lincs folk: “All right then.”
With that they departed with the monarch mumbling something about a brute and beastly shire and their heirs shall pay for their MPs’ moats to be cleaned.
In other words, the spineless leaders of the Lincolnshire Rising put the yellow into yellow-belly.
Lincolnshire Day is a wheeze by the county council who probably picked the day as a metaphor for themselves.
It’s pretty pointless, like celebrating the failure of a Catholic who failed to blow up Parliament.
We don’t even get a day’s leave and most of the events planned are in Lincoln (which actually chickened out of the Rising).
Still there’s nothing wrong with having Lincolnshire sausages for breakfast, stuffed chine for lunch and toasted plum bread with Poacher cheese for tea.
But if you go out wearing a yellow waistcoat, be prepared for people saying: “Ay up may-et, yer looking a bit rum. J’need a showder to cry on?”
On the other hand, if you want some serious facts about God’s County…
Throughout October, Colsterworth Police Office will be open at the following times.
If PCSO Sturat Bowden cannot attend, the office will still be open with the help of police volunteer Helen Bill who has kindly offered to help at the published times.
Saturday 4th 11 am – 1 pm
Saturday 11th 3 pm – 4 pm also Neighbourhood Panel Meeting
Friday 17th 2 pm – 4 pm
Friday 24th 10 am – noon
Th panel meeting is for anyone to attend and give the police your views on community issues.
Stephen Kell says: This is the state of the paddling pool in Dysart Park yesterday morning, a total mess. But being as the park gates are left open till all hours what do you expect? A call to Lincs police was made by the park keeper when he opened up and by 11.30am still no one has been. So much for SKDC wanting to go for the Green Flag award for this park.