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10 years ago

A supermarket will put its plans for an out-of-town retail park on display to the public next week.

Morrisons wants to build a complex featuring six shops and a pub-restaurant on the site of the former Mirrless Blackstone factory next to its store in Uffington Road, Stamford.

The six shops have not been named but Morrisons says up to 45 jobs could be created in them, with between 18 and 36 in the pub-restuarant.

Full details, including plans and images will be on display at the supermarket next week.

A Morrisons spokesman said: “We are keen to hear the views of the local community prior to submitting a planning application to South Kesteven District Council, and will have representatives from our professional team on hand to discuss any thoughts and queries.

A woman has urged dog owners to keep their pets on leads after her horse was attacked.

Mandy Brophy, 32, of Ryhall Road, Great Casterton was out with her three-year-old horse Bertie in a private field near Road End Farm in Toll Bar between Stamford and Great Casterton.

She was long-reining the horse, walking about two metres behind it, when a brown dog ran up.

Mandy said: “What looked like a Staffordshire bull terrier came out of nowhere and started trying to bite the horse’s feet.

“Bertie was pulling away but the dog kept attacking. The horse pulled me down to the ground and bolted. I didn’t see the dog’s owner.”

The dog was wearing a harness and was muzzled. Mandy suffered bruises on her hands and legs when she fell as Bertie bolted, but said the situation could have been much worse.

She added: “It was scary. The dog was loose and I didn’t know what he was going to do or whether it would go for me.

“If one of my children had been riding there could have been a serious accident. Dog owners have got to be sensible.”

A town regeneration group has outlined its plans for the future.

The Urban Group of the Stamford Town Partnership, which combines local government, business, the voluntary and community groups, gave a presentation to Stamford Town Council on Tuesday.

Group chairman Don Lambert spoke about a number of projects, including the Wharf Road garden, clearing the Mill Stream and relocating the bench at the east end of the High Street.

But he also voiced concern that vehicles parking on the Wharf Road garden had spoiled the area.

Mr Lambert said: “The Wharf Road garden has been damaged by builders’ trucks.

“The sign had been moved so drivers could see the town bridge. Now deliveries for the new antiques business use the Wharf Road garden to park.

“It is not a pretty sight for people walking around Stamford.”

Councillor Clem Walden agreed that the area was a mess but suggested a smaller garden area be fenced off to allow vehicles to park.

He said: “There is a need for people to unload so the (Wharf Road) area does get used. The garden area could be smaller with low railings.”

25 years ago

Castle Cement is offering to clean people’s cars after admitting to 84 accidental dust cloud fall-outs in less than a year.

Clouds of cement dust have been accidentally released from Castle Cement 84 times since last Novemner – an average of eight a month – it has been revealed.

But John Oates, headteacher of Stamford’s Malcolm Sargent School, where cars have been affected by the fall-outs of a white powdery deposit, was unimpressed by the car cleaning offer.

“Frankly, I think its nisulting and missing the whole issue. People aren’t worried about whether their cars are dirty – but about the dust that is flying about.”

He said the fact there had been 84 accidents “gave rise to concern” on the issue of future burning of tyres.

It was also alleged that an emission from the Ketton works cut off television signals in Geeston last Tuesday.

The alarming claims were made by Ketton parish councillors at a meeting last Wednesday.

Plans to make Tallington level crossing unmanned are worrying parish councillors.

Railtrack wants to convert the A16 crossing, doing away with the crossing keeper and linking it to a control box in Helpston.

Close circuit television cameras (CCTV) will be installed on the crossing to monitor safety but Tallington parish council is alarmed. Chairman Jack Shilling said: “We think it will be dangerous, and are strongly opposing it.”

The crossing could be converted by next summer, as part of Railtrack’s ongoing level crossing modernisation programme, said spokesman Kevin Groves.

He denied the modernisation work would make the crossing dangerous.

”CCTV has a safety record second to none. In the 25 years it has been in operation there has not been a single fatality. It’s the safest type of level crossing there is.”

Railtrack will be contacting the parish council to reassure them about the proposals. “We will take any concerns they have into consideration and try to rectify them.”

Green activists mounted a protest outside a Stamford store on Saturday as part of a nationwide campaign against the use of PVC.

Members of the Stamford branch of Greenpeace gathered outside the Superdrug store in High Street to distribute leaflets highlighting the issue.

They presents PVC-free bottles to the store manager to illustrate Greenpeace’s argument that PVC can now be phased out as viable alternatives now exist.

Stamford Greenpeace chairperson Fiona Rhodes-Morrison said: “The store seemed extremely receptive to what we had to say. The manager took our information and was very willing to send the bottles to head office.”

Greenpeace claims that PVC is a major environmental hazard because of toxins which are produced when it is manufactured and incinerated.

Major British retailers such as Tesco and Co-op have formed a working group on PVC, and many European governments are working to eliminate the problem.

A Superdrug spokeswoman said: “We’ve had positive discussions with Greenpeace at a national level on this issue and we look forward to working with them and the hundreds of retailers and manufacurers who need to tackle the use of PVC in packing and processing.

“Although very few of our products use PVC, we are committed to looking at viable alternative sources of packaging.”

50 years ago

Stamford should stay in Lincolnshire and merge with five other local councils under local governemnt reorganisation, the Borough Council decided on Tuesday,

The council took this decision – after a 1½ hour debate – by a large majority.

But there was a sharp clash over a minority report by four councillors which called for the town to become part of Rutland.

Voting was 18 in favour and five against staying in Lincolnshire: and 17 in favour and six against seeking a merger with Bourne Urban Council, Spalding Urban Council, and South Kesteven, Spalding and East Elloe Rual councils.

A third proposition that the town should stay in Lincolnshire but merge only with Bourne Urban and South Kesteven Rural failed to find a seconder.

The four who prepared the minority report seeking a merger with Rutland were Couns. W. J. J. Beeton, Mrs W. E. Smith, M. Stott and I. C. Allen.

The report has already been sent to the Department of the Environment and the four councillors came in for strong criticism for “going behind their colleagues backs”.

Bourne is the town to be featured in the BBC Radio 4 programme, “Down Your Way” on Sunday. The transmission starts at 5.15 pm and there will be a repeat at 7.30 pm on Wednesday.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the BBC team, Richard Burwood (producer), Franklin Engelmann (interviewer) and Alex Henderson (engineer) were in Bourne making recordings for the programme.

The Bourne people whose voices and selections of music will be heard are Dr John Galletly, Sister Grace Bristow, of the Butterfield Hospital, Mrs Dorothy Stanton, 20 North Road, Tom Barthorpe, New Farm, South Road, Maurice Grummitt, 21 Austerby, Gareth Owen, station officer, Bourne fire brigade, and Raymond Mays, Eastgate House.

Bourne was chosen for the programme, Mr Burdwood said, first because it had not been used before, and next, principally because of BRM’s connection with the town.

A short, sharp storm in Market Deeping caused distress to traders and damage to their premises, on Monday, at about 12.45 pm.

Water poured into three shops, and pavements were flooded to a depth of several inches for some time afterwards.

The pavement in Church Street on the eastern side past the antique shop was flooded for 150 yards, and Mr D. E. Hillam had to get help to deal with the rush of water, slime and evil smelling mud. He put up floodboards, he said, but the water backed from the drains, which appeared to be filled with dirt from the grass verges.

In the Market Place, the premises of Mr Ian Prentice, hairdresser, took on the appearance of a river as water backed in from the drain and pavement.

Mr A. Colley, grocer, High Street, put sand bags near his premises as soon as the storm began, but water poured back from the drain into his premises until he was paddling to get into his house.

Litter on the pavements had been driven to the drains at the first rush of water, sealing the drain holes.

100 years ago

British Red Cross Society – It is proposed to revive the work and practices of the Stamford Voluntary Aid Detachment. Anyone willing to be enrolled is requested to communicate during the next few days with the Commandant. Miss Sandall, Rusholme Lodge, Stamford.

L. & N. W. R. Service From Stamford - “Hopeful” writes to the editor as follows: Is it not possible for the Town Council to persuade the L. and N.W. Railway Company to inaugurate even a limited Sunday train service on their Stamford, Seaton-Uppingham section? It would be a great convenience to many. A later train on week-nights over the same route is also badly needed, say one leaving Stamford about 10.15 p.m., which would enable residents of the district to visit places of amusement in the town, and thus help to relieve the deadly monotony of the long winter evenings.

Choristers’ Trip – On the 22nd inst. the choristers of All Saints’ church, Stamford, had an enjoyable char-a-banc outing to Skegness.

Girls’ Club Dance – The opening dance of the season took place at the Girls’ Club on Friday evening, when over fifty spent a most enjoyable time. Mr. Tallis acted as M.C., and music was provided by Mrs. Thackeray and Miss Pinder. Refreshments, provided by the club, were dispensed by the Girls’ Committee during the interval, and the proceedings were brought to a close at midnight.

The borough of Stamford contains a large number of places of great historical interest, and in 1916 Mr. Thomas Sandall suggested that tablets should be placed giving information as to historical sites, and other places of interest. Nothing was, however, done officially, but recently, at his own expense, Mr. Sandall, whose services in revealing many places of antiquarian interest are well known, has had a mural tablet of gun-metal affixed to his residence bearing an inscription: “On this site formerly stood the church of the Holy Trinity which was totally destroyed when Stamford was pillaged by the Lancastrian army in 1461.” Mr. F. Carter has followed suit, anda tablet on the wall of his grounds reads “Site of the Grey Friars’Monestry (1220-1539). Here lies the remains of Joan the fair maid of Kent, wife of Edward the Black Prince and the mother of King Richard II. She was buried here in 1385.”

Mr. Sandall is endeavouring to get other tablets affixed, and he has several promises of assistance.

Technical School – The new syllabus of the Technical Schol shows a distinct advance on previous years, especially with regards engineering and commercial courses. The classes are this year co-ordinated and a certificate system which has been arranged will doubtless prove of great advantage to students. Mr. L. W. Jones, A.M.I.Mech E., the recentley appointed headmaster, has been in charge of engineering classes at the school for the past three years, and for eleven years he took engineering classes at Gainsborough Technical School. His wide experience has proved of great value in re-arranging the curriculum. He is works manager at Messrs.Martin’s Cultivator Co.

150 years ago

An interesting archaeologial discovery has recently been made on the premises in High-street Stamford, now being fittd up for Mr. Dolby, bookseller. On removing the paper and canvas which covered the walls of the room adjoining the steet (lately used as the Great Northern parcels-office) the greater part of a mediaeval fireplace was brought to view: it was of Stamford stone of a fine grain, was 7 feet in length, was worked at the sides with the double ogee moulding, and had evidently been ornamented with spandrels. The wall above, too, exhibited flowers and foliage in fresco painting or stencilling: but owing to the activity of the workmen this relic of a past age soon disappeared.

The big buttresses which have lately been rapidly raised to flank the fine west window of the nave of All Saints’ church, Stamford, have excited some curiosity, their utility not being understood, and their fresh appearance presenting a marked contrast to the dark grey stones of the pile which has for so long been an object of admiration. An examination of the interior of the church will at once suggest the object of these additions: the western most pillar of the northern arcade supporting the clerestory is considerably out of perpendicular, and above is an ominous fissure in the masonry, so that it is to prevent any further inclination in this direction that a buttress was determied on, the second being added for the sake of uniformity. They are in the Perpendicular style, and are well pinned into the old work, with which their design is in keeping. Each is of three stages, the two upper being paneled with geometric tracery in the faces; and we undersand that a pair of paneled and crocketed pinnacles will surmount each butress.

Stamford Union – The first business of the Board on Wednesday was of a melancholy character: it was to receive a formal intimation of the decease of Mr. F. Rollinson, the master of the house, who on the 15th inst. was seized with sudden illness and died on the 23d. On the motion of the Chairman (Mr. Fysh) the following minute was unanimously approved: “The Board has received this day with sincere regret official notice of the death of Mr. F. Rollinson, the recently-elected master of the Union-house, who since his appointment has been zealous in the performance of his duty, and who during a period of 12 years discharged the functions of relieving-officer with assiduity, probity, and discretion. The Board offers its condolence to Mrs. Rollinson on the sad deprivation she is called upon to endure.” It was resolved to re-appoint Mrs. Rollinson matron of the house, and to advertise for a single man for the office of master. The house statistics showed 42 inmates less than in the corresponding week of last year, and the relieving-officer’s return showed an expenditure for out-relief during last week, in money and kind, of £98 7s. 7d. for 810 persons, the cost in the corresponding week of last year having been £90 14s. 5½d. for 765 persons.

Mr. Scott, surgeon, of Empingham, being about to leave that village, after a residence there of thirty years, the inhabitants on Saturday last presented him with a handsome silver salver as a token of their esteem. The salver, which was supplied by Mr. Ryan, silversmith, of Stamford, bore the following inscription: “Presented to T. B. Scott, Esq., by the inhabitants of Empingham as a token of their esteem, Sept. 23d, 1871.” Mr Scott has given up practice and gone to reside at Leamington.

200 years ago

On Tuesday afternoon a daring highway robbery was committed between Thrapston and Thorpe Bar. A young woman named Dexter, daughter of a chair-turner at Oundle, who regularly attends Thrapston market, on her return home about four o’clock was stopped by a fellow dressed in a smock-frock, who demanded her money. The demand not being immediately complied with, he threw the young woman to the ground, kneeled on her, and succeeded in cutting off her pocket containing what moneyshe had received at the market. Her repeated cries during her struggle with the ruffian were heard by Mr. Southwell, of Fotheringhay, and Mr. Peers, of Oundle, who happened to be riding homewards from Thrapston, and they hastened to the spot, but on their approach the robber left the road and ran off with his booty. They pursued him a short distance, to the bank of the river Nene, where he escaped, and at present he has not been apprehended.

On Wednesday the remains of the late Colonel Anderson, brother of Lord Yarborough, passed through Falkingham and Sleaford, on their way for interment in the mausoleum at Brocklesby.

On Wednesday the 19th inst. an inquest was taken at Woolsthorpe, before Geo. White, Gent. Coroner on the body of Richard Footit, aged 45, who was thrown from his horse on his return from Belvoir to Grantham, and killed on the spot. The deceased, who kept a subscription house in St. James’s-street, London, was on a visit with his family at a relation’s near Grantham, and had taken a ride over to Belvoir that day, for the purpose of seeing the Castle and some of the domestics there with whom he was acquinted (having previously lived with John Douglas, Esq.),and on his return in the evening, between six and seven o’clock, his horse threw him, and, alas he fell to rise no more.

Proposed Turnpike from Bourn to Spalding.

Bull Inn, Bourn, Saturday, 22d Sept. 1821.

At an adjourned Meeting of proprietors and others interested in forming a Turnpike by Gutheram Cote from Bourn to Spalding’

Colonel Johnson in the Chair;

Resolved, That it appearing that the above plan will be attended with great advantages to property upon the line of road, and to the Trade and Community at large, and the sum of £2,500 and upwards having been subscribed towards this undertaking, the several Proprietors who have not yet subscribed, be applied to, in order to complete the subscription required: and that the Committees formed in Bourn and Spalding do invite gentlemen connected with the Trade (so manifestly interested) in those towns and the neighbourhod to take shares therein.

Resolved and Ordered, That any person willing to give in any Estimate for forming the Road and providing for the several contingencies attending the same, he requested to present the same at the next Meeting, which is adjourned to be held at this place on Saturday the Thirteenth day of October next, at Eleven o’clock.



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