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A row over a nightclub, a royal visit and the catching of a criminal, read about what happened in years gone by.

Every week we delve into the Mercury archives thanks to the support of the Mercury Archive Trust.

10 years ago

25 years ago: October 11, 1996 – Anita Chipperfield, Margaret Wainwright, Julie Staffieri and Ken Wainwright prepare to put audiences under their spell in Stamford Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of The Sorcerer
25 years ago: October 11, 1996 – Anita Chipperfield, Margaret Wainwright, Julie Staffieri and Ken Wainwright prepare to put audiences under their spell in Stamford Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of The Sorcerer

Details have been revealed about plans for a 1,500-seat football stadium and dozens of new homes in Stamford.

Stamford AFC and Burghley House Preservation Trust have applied to demolish the Daniels stadium in Kettering Road and build 54 homes on the site.

They want to build a new stadium in Ryhall Road. It would include a training pitch, clubhouse, function rooms and office space. The application also includes coach parking and requests permission to hold car boot sales on up to 40 days a day.

50 years ago: October 15, 1971 – A fashion show, with the peasant look with a Spanish influence, was presented at the Deepings Secondary School, on Wednesday last week. Pictured: Modelling for Junior Age, of Market Deeping, were Claire Browning, Katherine Grice, Karon Looker, Catherine Smith, Matthew Sargeant and Kerry-Lee Robinson, all of Deeping St James and Helen Perkins, of Maxey.
50 years ago: October 15, 1971 – A fashion show, with the peasant look with a Spanish influence, was presented at the Deepings Secondary School, on Wednesday last week. Pictured: Modelling for Junior Age, of Market Deeping, were Claire Browning, Katherine Grice, Karon Looker, Catherine Smith, Matthew Sargeant and Kerry-Lee Robinson, all of Deeping St James and Helen Perkins, of Maxey.

The preservation trust has also applied to build 20 affordable homes in Barnack Road.

The Daniels have been based in Kettering Road for more than 100 years and have been discussing plans to relocate with the trust for some time.

Stamford’s only day care centre for elderly and disabled people could close as a council looks to cut costs.

Lincolnshire County Council has launched a 90-day consultation on how it provides adult social care.

The council wants to move all its care users to the personal budgets scheme, which lets people decide where to spend their publicly-funded care grant instead of the council providing care for them.

Under the proposals the Stamford Day Centre in Ryhall Road, which supports older people living on their own, those with dementia and younger people with physical disabilities, would close.

Marie Dunkley, 60, of Church Road, Wittering, was a carer at the centre for 19 years before retiring in August.

She said: “It would be a great loss if the centre closed. For people who live on their own and don’t get out anywhere it’s a great thing for them to go ad mix with other people.

“Some have been going for a few years and they probably wouldn’t go anywhere else if they didn’t go there.”

Mrs Dunkley said Stamford had other day clubs, but none with staff trained to deal with dementia and other illnesses.

The county council bulk-buys services and says moving to the personal budget scheme would save money, as directly provided services are becoming less cost-efficient.

The Princess Royal planted the first tree of a wood to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Princess Anne was joined on Monday by year 5 and 6 pupils from Ketton Primary School as she planted a wild service tree, or chequers tree, in the grounds of Burghley House.

The tree will be the first of 23,650 in the new Diamond Wood, which will be one of 60 planted around the country to celebrate the Queen’s 60th year on the throne.

Speaking after the planting, Princess Anne said the new wood would be important for future generations.

She said: “This is not just about planting trees, it is about schools and the learning process that come with these woods.

“It is a great way of celebrating longevity, tradition and continuity. It seems to be an entirely appropriate way to celebrate the Jubilee.”

Arriving by helicopter, Princess Anne spent about an hour talking to sponsors of the project and the numerous children, all of whom planted a tree to start the new wood.

25 years ago

A group which has been caring for Stamford’s elderly for almost 30 years folded this week because no one new will help its 72-year-old figurehead.

Age Concern chairman and pensioner Margaret Ablewhite threw a final party for the group this week and spoke of her disappointment that no-one else had come forward.

“I am so sad I feel disgusted about it. Isn’t it dreadful. All the people we have got in Stamford, No-one is interested in helping others,” said Mrs Ablewhite who herself has a heart condition.

She had been cooking meals for the elderly every Tuesday and gives up her Christmas to make sure people are not alone.

Mrs Ablewhite called for more volunteers at an annual meeting earlier this month but said no one came forward.

Now the rest of the group has also resigned which leaves no-one to hold events for the 36 elderly people on the group’s register.

“The elderly people are very upset. They never thought I would retire,” said Mrs Ablewhite who has served Age Concern for the past 12 years.

Mr Bob Feetham, former chief executive of the Stamford-based Emap Newspaper Division, has bought the Rutland Times, the second largest weekly newspaper in the county.

Mr Feetham took over the 15 year old title on Wednesday.

He told the Mercury this week: “This is an exciting challenge and I am really looking forward to it. The Rutland Times is a newspaper I have always admired.”

He is a Ketton man who now lives at Ashton, near Bainton, with wife Carol, son John and daughter Katie, who is a reporter for the Rutland Mercury, the county’s biggest weekly newspaper.

Mr Feetham has spent all his career in journalism with the Peterborough-based Emap plc, starting as a cub reporter with the Rutland and Stamford Mercury.

He had a distinguished career with Emap newspapers before moving to the Emap magazine division. Here he rose to become managing director of major companies in the division before returning to head the group’s newspaper division of which the Mercury was a part.

He was chief executive of the division based in Barn Hill, Stamford, when Emap plc sold all its newspaper interests to Johnson Press earlier this year for £211m.

A site visit will be carried out at a Stamford nightclub by district councillors before a decision is made on whether to allow new signs for the building.

Advertisement consent from South Kesteven District Council is being sought by the applicant, Nightlife, for an internally illuminated, and a non-illuminated projecting sign, at the club in Chapel Yard.

Concerns were expressed at the council’s previous planning meeting over the new name for the club – The Chapel – and that signage would be an intrusion in the area.

Stamford Town Council has also objected to the application, saying it is “Totally unsuitable due to a Chapel being next door.

“We object to the sign because it contains certain Christian symbolism which is inappropriate in the context of a nightclub.”

Further objections have also been raised by the North Street Chapel who say the application makes a mockery of the existing place of worship.

After the last meeting council officers met the applicants to discuss making the signage more visually attractive and it was reported at Tuesday’s meeting that they had agreed to change the spelling to The Chappel.

50 years ago

Swift and correct reactions by a Baston farm staff saved the life of four-year-old Sally Tompkins, on Tuesday evening.

Sally, daughter of lorry driver Mr Roy Tompkins, of the Cottage, Moorhouse, near Newark, fell into a grain hopper, while her father was loading-up at the Old Hall Farm, Baston.

When pulled from the hopper, Sally was barely breathing. She was taken to Peterborough Hospital, where on Wednesday morning, it was said she had recovered from her ordeal.

“The girl climbed a 10ft ladder on to the top of a bin of barley,” said Mr John Thurlby, owner of the farm.

No one had seen her, but, by chance, Bill Snart went to the top of the ladder to see that the bin was emptying evenly.

“He raised the alarm by shouting that a kiddy was disappearing into the barley.”

The unloading was immediately stopped, and the bin, made of wire mesh, and paper lined, was cut, said Mr Thurlby.

“Fortunately, we had tools handy, but the operation still took some time. When the child was recovered she had been under barley for about 15 minutes.”

Mr Thurlby had thought it wiser to concentrate on attempting a rescue than to use the time in calling for the emergency services.

Mr Brian Hallam, a 24-year-old employee of Mr Thurlby, went into the bin with the child’s father, and eventually felt her feet.

They could not use a shovel for fear of injuring her. But, by moving barley with their hands, they rescued her.

“Plain clothed” police cars are to be introduced on to the roads of Lincolnshire by the Chief Constable, Mr George Terry, in an effort to stamp out speeding by motorists and heavy goods vehicles.

Announcing his decision at the meeting of the Lincolnshire Police Authority on Friday, Mr Terry said he had given a warning that such cars would be introduced a year ago when he had criticised the standards of driving in the county.

People were still not complying with the speed limits, he said after presenting his quarterly accident figures which, he said, were “horrifying”.

Motorists, and that included heavy goods drivers, were not showing the proper sense of responsibility, Mr Terry added.

Asked about the use of headlights during the winter months, Mr Terry said he was in favour of them being used instead of sidelights. They allowed vehicles to be seen by children, old people and oncoming traffic.

But too often, he added, the lights were not properly adjusted.

After Thurlby Parish Council meeting on Friday, parishioners and members of the public heard a talk on footpaths and rights-of-way, given by Kesteven County footpaths officer, Mr R. Merrick.

In a comprehensive review, he explained the law relating to footpaths, rights-of-way, and bridle paths,

“Generally, footpaths are rights-of-way,” he said. “There is a register of all footpaths and rights-of-way for every parish in the county.”

100 years ago

Infirmary Ball To Be Held – After careful consideration in the light of the present trade depression and unemployment, it has been decided to hold the Stamford Ball this winter as usual, on Wednesday, the 4th January, 1922. It is thought that to cancel the fixture would only serve to aggravate the evil arising from lack of employment, both in the town and country, besides causing considerable pecuniary loss to Stamford Infirmary, for the benefit of the funds of which the ball is to be held.

Stamford Mayor’s Appointment – At a meeting of the Society of British Gas Industries, presided over by Sir Arthur Duckam, at the Hotel Cecil, the mayor (Mr. A. Cliff) was unanimously elected vice-chairman of the society, and will succeed in the usual course to the chairmanship next year.

Old Age Pensions – The monthly meeting of the Stamford Old Age Pensions Sub-Committee took place at the Town Hall on Friday evening, at which were present Messrs H. T. Daniels (chairman), E. Joyce, F. K. Parker, S. Dyer, Thos. Sandall, and R. W. Dodman (clerk). Seven claims were considered, all of which were provisionally or otherwise allowed. At the Uffington Committee meeting in the afternoon, there were present Messrs. S. J. Coe (chairman), C. Woolley and R. W. Dodman (clerk). Three claims were considered and allowed. A question raised by a pensioner resulted in the maximum amount being granted.

Habit Results in Accident – Through being used to a free-wheel bicycle, Mr. Stanley Beasley, who was riding a mount with a fixed wheel in St. Paul’s-street, Stamford, on Saturday afternoon, ceased to pedal with the result that he lost control of his machine and was thrown against a plate-glass window. Mr. Beasley sustained a badly cut hand and arm caused by broken glass.

For Starving Russians – The retiring collection at the Congregational church in Star-lane, Stamford, on Sunday, for the Russian Famine fund, amounted to £4 10s. 6d.

The New Mayor – At a meeting of Stamford Town Council in Committee, on Friday evening, Mr. James Pepper, a well-known and popular wholesale meat salesman and cattle dealer, was chosen Mayor-elect for the ensuing year.

Bourne North Fen Drainage Trustees – A meeting of the Trustees was held on October 6, at the Town Hall, when Mr. C. B. Andrew presided. The Clerk reported that all the arrears of rates were paid immediately after the annual meeting. Tenders had been invited for roding the drains but only one was received, and that from the previous contractor – Mr. A. Johnson. The Trustees decided to accept the tender for £50 inclusive. The question of having a further portion of the North side drain cleansed out was considered, and after some discussion on the matter it was decided to ask for tenders for this work to be considered when roding was completed. Mr. H. J. Cooke raised the question of the bank of the New Dyke, which forms the boundary of Dyke and Morton Fens, which needed repairing. The Clerk was directed to request the Black Sluice Commissioners to have the bank repaired as quickly as possible.

150 years ago

Stamford Races – The fixture of these races at so late a period in the year as October will, it is anticipated, materially affect the attendance as far as relates to numbers; though it is said that among the horses entered for the principal stakes are some of note. On the first day (Tuesday next) the events on the card are the Stamford Stakes, the Burghley Handicap, the Welter Cup, the Trial Stakes, the Borough Member’s Plate, and the Welland Selling Plate. On the second day (Wednesday) there will be seven races, viz., the Burghley Park Stakes, the Stamford Cup, the Clifden Cup, the Barleythorpe Handicap, the Wothorpe Nursery Handicap, the Alwalton Selling Stakes, and the Hunters’ Hurdle Race.

The letting of the ground on the Stamford race-course for the erection thereon of booths took place at the George Hotel on Monday evening last: auctioneers, Messrs. Richardson. The attendance was very limited, and the biddings by no means brisk. No. 1 ground was let to Mr. Bainton, of King’s Cliffe, for £4 5s., and No. 2 to Mr. Taylor, of Peterboro’, for £1 10s. Plots 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 were taken (on speculation) by Mr. Jas. Langley, for the small sum of £1 12s. 6d. No. 13 was also let to the same individual for £3 15s.

Stamford Union – At the Board meeting on Wednesday the statistics of pauperism appeared to be again favourable, there being only 128 men, women, and children in the house, which number is less by 50 than in the corresponding week of last year, The recipients of out-relief are slightly in excess. Mr.W. Ford, formerly a student at Peterborough Training College, and lately schoolmaster on board the Goliath receiving ship, was elected schoolmaster of the Union. It was reported that there were upwards of 20 applicants for the vacant office of master of the Union, of whom the following four were requested to attend the Board on the day of election, viz., Mr. Wm. Hugh Ross, of the West Ham Union: Mr. Henry Morgan, Hereford; Mr. Wm. Platt, Stafford; and Mr. G. H. Fisk, Watford.

The annual letting of the tolls belonging to the Stamford Turnpike Trusts took place on Wednesday, at the Stamford Hotel, Messrs. Richardson being the auctioneers. The Great Casterton bar, and side-bars were let to Mr. Capp for £181; the Horn-lane bar to Mr Winkley (Bower) for £76; the Deeping-lane bar to Mr. Capp for £180; the Newstead bar to Mr. Bower for £274; and the Tinwell bar and two side-bars to the same person for £205.

The first prize medal for the best chaff-cutter was awarded to Messrs. Ashby, Jeffery, and Luke, of Stamford, at the Long Sutton show. The silver cup was also awarded to the same firm for the best collection; and a first prize medal was awarded to them at the late meeting of the Northamptonshire Society for their new No. 27 horse-
rake.

The “Jeremy Diddler” who took lodging at Mrs. Clack’s, Stamford, on the 27th ult.,has been apprehended at Peterboro’, and sent to Mansfield, where he was wanted for theft.

200 years ago

A Young Lady, who has been accustomed to the care and instruction of Children, wishes to engage herself as Governess in a Private family: she is competent to teach the English language grammatically, Music, Geography, and the first principles in Drawing, if required. The most respectable references can be given. Letters addressed (post paid) to S.R, at Mr. Farrant’s Town-hall, Stamford, will be attended to.

On Wednesday forenoon a melancholy accident happened at Bourn. The Lincoln Old coach, from London, was on the point of setting off after changing horses at the Bull inn, when the spirited animals took sudden alarm, and drew the coach out of the usual road, over a heap of building materials lying near the new Town-hall: the consequence was, that the vehicle was overturned, and the driver, Joseph Brightmore, had the misfortune to have both his arms and both his thighs broken. No other person was hurt. The unfortunate man lies in a very dangerous state: he had deservedly the character of a steady coachman, and was highly respected at Lincoln.

On Wednesday Richd. Tory of Donington, and Thos. Stables, were committed to the gaol of this borough, for violent assaults on Mr. John Hubbard, of the Chequers public-house, and on James Palmer, on Peter-hill, about ten o’clock on Tuesday night.

Market Deeping fair, on Wednesday last, was but thinly attended: there was a good supply of wood, which was principally sold, at rather better prices than at the preceding fair. The tradesmen in the pleasure fair felt the effect of the general scarcity of money.

The Manors of Uffington and Tallington with the Members, & part of Deeping S. James.

Notice is hereby given, that the Court Leet and Copyhold Court of the trustees of the Right Honorable Albemarle Earl of Lindsey, a Minor, Lord of the said manors, will be holden, at the Bertie Arms at Uffington, on Tuesday the 23d day of October instant, at One o’clock; when the several persons who have been admitted to copyhold estates holden of the said Manor, and whose fines and fees are due, are desired to attend and pay the same; and the several owners of freehold and copyhold estates are requested to appear, or direct their tenants to pay the quit-rents due at Michaelmas in respect thereof.

Cheales and Forbes, Sleaford, 9th Oct. 1821.

The Town or Borough of Stamford, in the county of Lincoln.

This is to give Notice, that the General Quarter Sessions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and General Gaol Delivery of our Sovereign Lord the King, will be holden, in and for the said Borough, at the usual place, the Town-hall there, on Saturday the 20th day of October instant, by Ten o’clock in the forenoon; when and where all persons who are bound by recognizance to appear, prefer, prosecute, or give evidence upon, any indictment, appeal, trail, or other proceeding, or to make any answer or defence thereto, or do any other business there, and all jurors, constables, peace-officers, and others, who have any thing to present or do at the said sessions, are to attend, and not depart the court without licence. Dated this 6th day of October, 1821. J.Torkington, Clerk of the Peace.



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