Ed Leeford says….
THIS pair of vans, which were part of the survey on Springfield Road bridge until last week, have suddenly appeared at Wharf Road bridge.
As this led to Springfield bridge’s closure for the month of November, surely that doesn’t mean in January we can look forward to Harlaxton Road being shut for a month?
Daniel Perry asks…
I am going through the 1861 census and noticed a ‘Globe Yard’ do you have any idea where in Grantham it was?
WHAT a fabulous night it was.
Malcolm Broughton and Noel Wallis combined to create a memorable Halloween night of rock ‘n’ roll at the College refectory on Saturday night.
The three acts produced four hours plus of wall-to-wall action music.
The ever-reliable Terry Carey shelved his own problems for a few hours to ensure no-one sits down when he’s around, while the other soloist Sharna, was an outstanding singer with a bubbling personality.
Why, she even got away with venturing into 70s music.
This was dangerous territory given any member of lively audience in their fifties was considered “a kid”.
The majority were sexagenarians – over 60s – at least.
And they danced all night. As soon as one couple took a break, they were replaced.
This was high energy stuff, not the solo saunters seen down Faces.
These golden oldies rocked and they rolled, and they jived with all the flair and finesse of a demonstration on Stricty.
Yet they had enough energy left over for a 20 minute session of Jerry Lee Lewis numbers from headlining band, Viva Rock n Roll. The tempo went up and no doubt the blood pressure.
And they were all on legal highs, mainly ramipril, co-codamol and beta-blockers.
When the clock struck midnight, there was a distinct reluctance to go home.
Fabulous night. Can’t wait for Valentine’s Night. The stiffness should have worn off by then.
Ed Leeford says…
Last week, half term, I went to town and parked in Welham Street car park.
There were very few cars but plenty of kids riding their bikes down the slopes plus the occasional skateboarder.
Am I wrong? Have I missed something?
Has the council shut the G-Zone skate park in Wyndham Park and moved it to Welham Street?
I won’t risk my paintwork in there again
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