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10 years ago

Jobs will be cut at stricken retailer Focus DIY after administrators failed to find a buyer for the chain.

Doors are still open at the company’s store on the Markham Retail Park in Ryhall Road, Stamford, but it will be closed and the 12 staff will lose their jobs.

25 years ago: May 24, 1996 – Daniel Payton, Michael Duke, Dominic Briggs-Fish, Amanda Shaw and Jenna Briggs-Fish in character for South Lincs Youth Theatre’s production of The Wild in the Willows.
25 years ago: May 24, 1996 – Daniel Payton, Michael Duke, Dominic Briggs-Fish, Amanda Shaw and Jenna Briggs-Fish in character for South Lincs Youth Theatre’s production of The Wild in the Willows.

A sale is on at the store, with 20 per cent off all products except plants.

Ernst and Young joint administrator Simon Allport said: “We have been working hard to sell the business as a going concern and to maximise value for

“While we have been successful in securing up to 900 jobs from the sale of 55 stores in three separate deals, finding a buyer for the whole of the business has not been possible.”

50 years ago: May 28, 1971 – The resident director of Mirrlees Blackstone Ltd, Mr E.N. Evans (left), shows SAC David Perkins an engine at the Stamford factory. SAC Perkins asked Mr Evans to the factory after seeing a picture in the “Mercury” that SAC Perkins had taken in the Persian Gulf showing an advertisement for a Blackstone engine.
50 years ago: May 28, 1971 – The resident director of Mirrlees Blackstone Ltd, Mr E.N. Evans (left), shows SAC David Perkins an engine at the Stamford factory. SAC Perkins asked Mr Evans to the factory after seeing a picture in the “Mercury” that SAC Perkins had taken in the Persian Gulf showing an advertisement for a Blackstone engine.

Plans to convert the Stamford store to a Sainsbury’s were put on ice in January last year after it was revealed there was a legal restriction in place which prevents a food retailer operating on the premises.

Discount supermarket Lidl already has a store on the retail park.

Campaigners are devastated to have lost their fight against a company’s plans to dump radioactive waste.

People in King’s Cliffe and the surrounding villages have been in a two-year battle with hazardous waste company Augean which wants to dump low-level radioactive waste at its site in Stamford Road.

County council chiefs had refused planning permission and 98 per cent of people who took part in 13 local referendums opposed the plans, but this week the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles gave his backing.

After seeking expert advice Mr Pickles said he was satisfied the waste “would not be harmful to the local community”.

Campaigners from the King’s Cliffe Waste Watchers and Local Democracy In Action were shocked by the decision.

Chairman of Local Democracy in Action, Robin Gifford, said: “We are extremely shocked and angry. We will be taking legal advice and depending on what is said, will be taking further action.

“This is not the end.”

Runners put the miles in to raise £2,000 for local charities.

The Stamford Striders annual St Valentine’s day 30k Road Race attracted 750 runners to the undulating course in February.

Proceeds from the event were shared out between Stamford-based causes the Evergreen Care Trust, Stamford Neighbourhood Watch, Teenzone and Anna’s Hope, at a cheque presentation earlier this month,

A cheque was also given to the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.

The Striders had already made donations to the Stamford Community Orchard Group and the Spend a Penny campaign.

Race director and Strider Nick Wells said: “This year the club is supporting small, local causes and we were pleased to handover cheques to them.

“The St Valentine’s Day 30k 2011 was another sell out event of 750 runners, and it continues to grow in popularity, now ranking in the top ten of one of the Runners World categories of UK races.”

25 years ago

Tesco has defended its proposals to build supermarkets at Stamford, Bourne and Market Deeping against accusations they will damage town centre trade and ignore the needs of non-drivers.

Seven hundred jobs are due to be created if the supermarket chain gets agreement from local authorities to build at Quarry Farm, on the Old Great North Road, Stamford, Northfield Road, Market Deeping, and on the A15 at Bourne.

Tesco has sent out around 20,000 brochures on each proposal to residents and written to every town and district councillor. Public exhibitions are also going to be held in each town.

But fears have been expressed about the future for independent traders.

Susan Jackson, a Market Deeping resident for 10 years, said: “Another supermarket in Market Deeping will hasten the end of local shopping as we presently know it. We may not always be able to drive to an out of town supermarket. Will we then be able to walk to the shops and do a little shopping locally?”

Tesco believes, however, that supermarkets should not be blamed for town centre demise.

A spokesman said: “There have been no examples of supermarkets alone leading to the closure of private businesses in town centres. Rents, rates and the increase in health and safety regulations have a greater impact. The area is staggeringly under represented by supermarkets.”

A fall-out of dust from Castle Cement’s Ketton plant on Saturday was caused by a build up of carbon monoxide in a kiln.

A resident of Tinwell Road, Stamford, rang the company after his car was covered in the substance that night.

“There was so much of it that I couldn’t see out of my windscreen,” he said.

Castle Cement admitted there had been a problem for a few minutes in kiln seven, burning Cemfuel.

A spokesman said: “There was a build up of carbon monoxide, which meant the Cemfuel supply and the dust filters were switched off. Without safety checks an uncontrolled accumulation of carbon monoxide can lead to an explosion. The build up is normal in the cement-making process and although much has been done to reduce it – we can’t stop it all together.”

Kiln seven was off for less than half an hour.

The Rutland & Stamford Mercury – Britain’s oldest newspaper – has been bought by Johnston Press plc.

The Mercury was acquired by the Scottish-based newspaper publisher on Tuesday along with another 64 newspapers published by the Emap Newspaper Division based in Barn Hill, Stamford.

Included in the deal worth £211 million were three Emap printing companies and an Emap training centre for journalists at Peterborough.

The sale is subject to the approval by the President of the Board of Trade.

Johnston Press – a rapidly expanding newspaper publisher – has virtually doubled in size through the acquisition.

Other newspapers in the region they have bought are the Spalding Guardian, Lincolnshire Free Press, Peterborough Evening Telegraph, Grantham Journal, Melton Times and the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph.

Bob Feetham, Chief Executive of Emap Newspapers, who started his career as a junior reporter on the Mercury, said that for more than a century newspapers had been a core part of the development of Emap plc.

However, recent developments had seen the Peterborough-based group make huge strides in other areas outside newspapers.

“Becoming part of Johnston Press, a large and highly successful group with a focus clearly on newspapers, will provide a great opportunity and long term job security for our people”, he said.

50 years ago

Kesteven Weights and Measures Department received 158 complaints under the Trades Descriptions Act during the year ended March 31, 1971, says Mr. E. T. Hawley, Chief Inspector, in his annual report.

“Though some were of a relatively minor nature, the majority involved members of staff in many hours of inquiry,” he adds.

Complaints concerning cars were common – especially the older small cars – and so were complaints concerning petrol.

But since the Act came into force in November 1968, only one prosecution had been brought.

“If it has done nothing else, the Trade Description Act has given prominence to the important part which honesty and fair dealing must play in a modern society dependent on tradespeople for almost every need,” says Mr Hawley.

Easton-on-the-Hill playing field committee are turning the clock back at their field day, on Spring Bank Holiday Monday – and are looking for volunteers for the stocks!

A replica of stocks in a local museum have been constructed and what is wanted now are some volunteers to sit in them as targets for rotten tomatoes!

The field day starts with a “round the village” pram race – a three-quarters of a mile course, calling in at the three public houses on the way.

After that there are five-a-side football and netball competitions, a tug-of-war, obstacle and other races, a comic soccer match, side-shows and refreshments.

The climax of the day will be a solo aerobatic display by one of the Barnstormers, an internationally-known aerobatic team.

Mr Ted Steele, Stamford’s new Mayor, is the first “mister” in 70 years to take office without being a Councillor.

The Marquess of Exeter was Mayor in Quincentenary Year, 1961, but the last Mayor to be plain Mister was Charles Gray, in 1901.

Mr Gray was Mayor for a two-year term, and was a Councillor in 1900, the first year he held office.

But when he was made Mayor for a second time – on November 9, 1901 – he no longer held the title.

“We can only assume that he was defeated in the borough elections,” said a spokesman at Stamford Town Hall.

After three years at the Marsh Harrier public house in Crown Street, Stamford (known for many years as “Patens”), Mr and Mrs Douglas Hardy are leaving on Wednesday.

Following a month’s holiday they will move into the Crown at New N=England, Peterborough.

On Monday there will be a joint farewell party and birthday party for Mrs Hardy.

Mr and Mrs Hardy have been in the business for more than 20 years, but they have never been so sorry to leave a place before.

Mr Hardy said: “Everyone is so friendly. We shall also miss Stamford.”

100 years ago

Concert for the Infirmary – The Wesleyan Sunday school, who were unable to take part in the pageant on Whit-Monday, organised a sacred entertainment on behalf of the funds of the Infirmary in the Lecture hall, on Sunday afternoon. Mrs. J. W Hensman presided. Miss Doris Swift presided at the piano, and Miss L. Kirby assisted. A number of the Sunday school children who had been trained by Mr. H, Deer and Mr. F. L.Gooch, rendered a dialogue entitled “The officers of the Church.” Several scholars from the Star-lane Congregational Sunday school contributed an exercise “The Keeper and the Kept.” Those taking part were Miss Wray (leader), Ella Freear, Jack Boughton, Dorothy Bassendine, Lily Richardson, Raymond Feetham, Elsie Grimes, Daisie Bassendine, Joe Wright, Connie Sheffield, William Stringer, Jack Edgeley, Kenneth Tebbutt, Evelyn Smith, Reg. Bassendine, Phyllis Smith, Jack Wright, Muriel Vinter, George Grimes, Florrie Charity, and Hubert Grimes. The collection for the Infirmary funds realised the excellent sum of £4 3s. 6d.

Board of Guardians – At the meeting on Monday the master of the Union (Mr. F. W. Everdell) reported that the Mayoress had invited the children of the home to attend the fete at Rock Lodge on June 9th, and Lord Exeter (who presided) expressed the thanks of the Board to the Carnival Committee for their kindness to the children of the institution on Whit-Monday.

Empire Day - Empire Day was celebrated in Stamford on Tuesday at the various national schools, patriotic songs were sung in the morning and the flag was saluted. A holiday was given to the scholars at several schools in the afternoon.

Theft of Shoes – At a Children’s court, on Wednesday, before the Mayor (Mr. A.Cliff), Mr. R. Bell and Mr. R. Tidd, Wm. Windsor (13) East-street, Stamford, was charged with stealing a pair of shoes value 25s., the property of Charlotte Ingram, of Langtoft, on May 20. P.s. Mould said in consequence of receiving a complaint about the shoes being taken from a dray against the Roe Buck inn, he interviewed Frances H. Palmer, a wardrobe dealer, who said she had purchased the articles a short time previously. On the following day he took the lad to Mrs. Palmer’s shop where the proprietress identified him as the one from whom she had purchased the shoes for 5s. 6d. At first the boy denied any knowledge of the theft, but later, at the police station, he admitted taking them. The lad said he did not steal them from the dray, he found them on the ground between the shafts. Mr. S C. Dalton, who appeared for the defence, explained that the boy stated that he had found the shoes on the ground where evidently they had fallen. His parents were very respectable and the boy’s schoolmaster reported satisfactorily upon him. He appealed for leniency on these grounds. Insp. Kettle said that Windsor was convicted on November 17th of stealing and he was fined 10s., and bound over for 12 months. In ordering the lad to receive six strokes with the birch rod, the Mayor administered a severe warning to the boy, adding that f he was before the court again he would risk being sent away for a long time.

150 years ago

The Mayor (F. J. Morgan, Esq.) has handed over to the Stamford Burial Board the sum of £6 7s. 2d.,the balance of the subscription hearse account.

We understand that some ladies in All Saints’ parish intend taking advantage of the gathering that is expected at the Rose Show at Stamford next month, and that they are busily engaged in preparing for a bazaar to be held in the show-ground opposite Rutland-terrace, the profits of which are to be applied in defraying the cost of thoroughly restoring and otherwise improving the organ of All Saints’ Church.

The new sanitary regime in Stamford seems to be having an exceedingly beneficial effect on the health of the town; at least so it would appear if the number of deaths is to be taken as criterion. There have been only three deaths in the town during the present month. This unusually low rate of mortality may, perhaps, be attributable partly to the weather of the past few weeks; nevertheless, it cannot with fairness be denied that the sanitary committee and their officers have performed their duties with efficiency. This is the more to be appreciated as some of the members of the committee obtained their seats in the Council on the sole ground that they were antagonistic to the advocates of improving drainage.

At the Stamford Union Board, on Wednesday, Mr. Howard, the medical officer, attended, and stated that the skin disease (eczema) with which the female children had been attacked was abating. It having been mentioned that a case of small-pox had occurred in the town, Mr. Howard said he thought that vaccination had been well kept up; and the relieving officer added that the person who had been fined for refusing to have his children vaccinated had now sent them out of the district. A report was received from the Visiting Committee to the effect that 40 applications had been received for the offices of master and matron; but that as Mr. and Mrs. Rollinson were among the number, and as it was believed a large majority of the Board would support them, the committee did not think it advisable to invite the attendance of other candidates. The report further recommended that, in the event of Mr. Rollinson being elected master, two relieving officers be appointed as formerly – one for the Stamford district at £110 a year, and one for the Barnack district at £90 a year. The report was unanimously adopted. The pauper inmates continue at a low number, viz., 138, being 51 less than in the corresponding week of last year. Out-relief was given to 817 persons at a cost of £97 6s.; and 36 tramps were received in the house during the

Uppingham – Architectural and Archaeological Meeting – The joint general meeting of the Architectural Society of the Archdeaconry of Northampton and Leicestershire Architectural and Archaeolgical Society will be held at Uppingham on the 6th and 7th of June. On the first day there will be a public meeting in the large school room at Uppingham, when an address will be given by the president (the Rev. Lord Alwyne Compton) and a paper read by the Rev. T. B. Rowe. An excursion will afterwards be made and the following places visited: Ayston, Preston, Glaston, Bisbrooke, Lyddington, and Stoke Dry. In the evening a second public meeting will be held and papers read by Sir H. E. Dryden, Bart., the Rev. J. H. Hill, F.S.A., and the Rev. G. Ayliffe Poole. On the following day there will be an excursion to Seaton, Harringworth, Laxton, Blatherwycke, Bulwick, Deene, Deene Hall, Kirby Hall, and Rockingham Castle.

200 years ago

On Tuesday an inquest was taken at Barnack, by Mr. Hopkinson, coroner for the soke of Peterborough, on view of the body of George Cousins, who had been that morning poisoned by taking in mistake for Epsom salts an ounce of oxalic acid, which his son had procured for cleaning boot-tops, and had laid upon a shelf in the house. He expired in ten minutes. Thus from strange carelessness has society been deprived of a remarkably honest and industrious character: the deceased had been employed for many years in Lord Exeter’s gardens at Burghley. Verdict, accidental death.

And on the next morning an inquest was held at Deeping-Gate, by the same coroner, upon Sarah Whenham, a poor woman of Deeping St. James, who fell into the river Welland in a fit, and although taken out in a few minutes, was quite dead. She had been subject to fits for several years. Verdict, drowned accidentally.

At Market Deeping fair on Wednesday there was a plentiful supply of wood, a great part of which remained unsold; what was disposed of was at lower prices than heretofore. There was but a small show of neat cattle and horses; the former, particularly in-calvers, sold well. The pleasure fair was numerously attended, and the show-folk made a harvest, but those who follow useful trades complained of the scarcity of money.

Wasps – It is well known that these formidable insects occasion great damage to fruit, and are a serious annoyance to grocers, butchers, and many other tradesmen. Every wasp destroyed by the first week in May, is equal to the destruction of a whole nest at a later period of the summer. Upon this principle, a benevolent gentleman of Oundle, whose life is a series of kind offices to all around him, lately offered a premium for each wasp that should be killed and taken to him; and accordingly, in the last week of April and first week of May, no less than 1863 of these venomous insects were destroyed by the children and poor people of that place, who received for each the liberal gratuity of 3d., and thus in many cases obtained considerable sums through this generous stratagem of Wm. Walcot, Esq. for doing at once an individual and a public good.

At an adjourned Quarter Sessions held at the Castle of York on the 9th inst., John Mortimer the elder, cattle dealer, an insolvent debtor, late of Clayton-Heights, near Bradford, was remanded for 12 months, for fraudulently making away with his property to cheat his creditors.

To Parents, Guardians, &c.

Wanted immediately, a well-educated Youth of respectable connexions, as an Apprentice to a Draper, Grocer, &c. - For particulars apply personally (or by letter, post paid) to Mr. John Mawby, Bourn.

Bourn, May 4, 1821.

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