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Delve into the past of Stamford, Bourne, Rutland and The Deepings with Mercury Memories




10 years ago

Plans to move exhibits from a closing museum to a town hall are progressing.

Lincolnshire County Council has been talking to Stamford Town Council about moving some of the exhibits from Stamford Museum to the town hall.

25 years ago: March 2, 1996 – Glinton Guides, Brownies and Rainbows at their Thinking Day gathering
25 years ago: March 2, 1996 – Glinton Guides, Brownies and Rainbows at their Thinking Day gathering

The museum is closing in the summer as the county council makes savings. It is looking to create a heritage hub at the library.

Network manager Gary Porter said: “We’ve been meeting with the town council in recent weeks to discuss how material from the museum could be used to enhance visits to the town hall. We’re now looking through our collections to identify suitable items, giving particular consideration to material associated with Sir Malcolm Sargent and Daniel Lambert.”

Angry traders have called for greater security to deter drunken revellers who use their shopfronts as toilets.

50 years ago: March 5, 1971 – Young members of Stamford Christ Church congregation raised about £40 for Shelter when they held a “Hush-in), on Saturday. Pictured, during the “hush-in” are (from left) Sandra Parker, Tina farrow and Beverley Garwood.
50 years ago: March 5, 1971 – Young members of Stamford Christ Church congregation raised about £40 for Shelter when they held a “Hush-in), on Saturday. Pictured, during the “hush-in” are (from left) Sandra Parker, Tina farrow and Beverley Garwood.

Staff at business in Stamford’s lanes regularly arrive at work to find vomit, urine and discarded takeaway food in their doorways and graffiti daubed on walls. In many cases they are forced to clean up the mess themselves.

Some shops have had their windows broken and owners fear their customers’ safety is at risk.

Christine Abbott, who runs The Children’s Garden Day Nursery in Silver Lane, is worried children may hurt themselves.

She said: “We frequently have to deal with broken glass, food, blood and vomit outside the nursery.

“The children all get very excited coming to the nursery in the morning so they run down the alley, and we have already had one boy cut his hand on some broken glass. I’m very concerned for our children’s safety.

“I don’t blame Central nightclub for the problem, they do enough to help, but we do need a street cleaner in the lanes in the morning and better security at night.

A couple says that a fire could have been a lot worse and have praised firefighters and motorists for their help.

Philip and Margaret Hirst have scaffolding around their home, Holme Farm, Main Road, Uffington, following the fire on Saturday.

Mr Hirst was returning home after walking his two dogs along the river bank when he spotted smoke billowing across the A16.

His wife, who was at home, dialled 999 after hearing a loud popping noise.

The fire was sparked by a problem with a chimney breast and firefighters reported seeing flamed leaping out of the roof.

Crews from Stamford, Market Deeping, Bourne and Dogsthorpe were called and the road was closed for more than three hours.

Mrs Hirst said: “I just heard popping and a big loud bang and I thought that perhaps there had been an accident on the road. When I went out I saw slates falling off the roof.”

By this point a number of motorists had stopped to offer their help and one called 999.

Mrs Hirst said: “It was amazing and very thoughtful, They all seemed to be concerned and asked if anybody was in there. They were very kind.

“It could have been much worse - the firefighters were very prompt.”

The fire was sparked in a chimney over a wood burner the couple had been using the night before.

The fire was confined to the chimney and attic while smoke and water damage affected three rooms.

25 years ago

Plans to close Stamford’s main post office – in its centenary year – and relocate to the town centre have stunned residents.

The proposals by Post Office Counters Ltd have been attacked as a cost-cutting exercise which will increase problems for pensioners.

A post office statement revealed yesterday that its counters could be relocated from the building in All Saints Street to within a store in the town centre. The aim is to centralise the office, improve disabled access and extend opening hours.

Local pensioners’ representatives have hit out at the proposals saying pensioners could no longer be dropped off by car outside the museum could post office.

Stamford’s Queen Eleanor School is to receive an extra £1 million to complete a building programme which will make it one of the most modern in the country and end teaching at two sites.

Lincolnshire County Council voted on Friday to approve the grant from its capital building programme budget of £53 million.

The money will be spent on new dining and library facilities, special needs teaching area and extra classrooms.

Last year Princess Anne opened the first phase of modernisation at the school, including renovation and building new classrooms which was paid for by another £1.8 million grant from the county council.

Headteacher David Learmouth said: “Queen Eleanor will have some of the most modern buildings in the county and perhaps the country. Once work is complete we will be able to operate on a single site for the first time since the school was opened in 1987 instead of having children spending valuable time walking between our south site and the main one at the north of Green Lane.”

The school calculated that children spend as much time walking between the two sites each week as they do in maths or English classes.

Heartless vandals ruined toys and equipment when they broke into Ryhall playschool at the weekend.

The chaos was discovered by deputy leader Julie Beecham when she arrived on Monday morning to open the building at the Meadows playing field.

Leader Sally Hickman said: “Everything was in order when we left on Friday evening so it must have happened at some point during the weekend. It looks like they got in through a tiny window and then opened the door and let the others in.”

The vandals sprayed orange and red paint on the walls, carpets, tables, books and even the microwave that the playgroup had only bought a couple of weeks before.

A reward of up to £30,000 is being offered by two banks in the town after they were targeted by hi-tech raiders.

Thieves escaped with computer chips from Lloyds Bank in Bourne minutes after a failed break-in at Barclays.

And police are linking the incidents with burglaries at the same banks in Spalding, where thieves made off with nearly £30,000-worth of computer chips on the same night.

The team hit Bourne solicitors Andrews, Stanton and Ringrose, above Barclays, in an attempt to get into the bank but failed and moved to Lloyds, where they got in through a toilet door, broke open computers and stole chips worth £600 between 7.30pm on Thursday and 8.20am on Friday.

50 years ago

Stamford Borough Council have asked Kesteven Education Committee if they can contribute towards the cost of installing gas central heating at the town’s swimming pool.

Members heard on Wednesday that the Borough Council had decided to install the heating at a cost of £2,560.

A fund raising committee had raised £1,500 and the Borough Council would have to provide the remainder of £1,060. They had asked if the Education Committee would contribute towards that sum.

Members decided to recommend the finance committee that a grant should be made.

They heard that the installation of the heating plant, which was expected to be completed for the next swimming season, would extend the season.

Although no provision had been made in the 1971-72 estimates for the schools’ use of the pool to be extended, there was sufficient demand from schools to utilise the additional water-time in 1972 if the education committee voted for the additional expenditure.

A Deepings sports complex costing £310,000 got the provisional go-ahead from Kesteven Education Committee on Wednesday.

The complex is planned to include a covered swimming pool, learner pool, two squash courts, and changing areas, with a two-acre floodlit hard play area and car parking for 200 cars.

The complex is to be built at the Deepings Secondary School on a half-acre site and the committee decided that the purchase of land should go ahead.

Cost of the complex is to be shared between Kesteven County Council and South Kesteven Rural Council.

The Education Committee heard that the Rural Council were originally considering a project costing £150,000 but the county architect had estimated the cost of the complex at £310,000. The Rural Council was considering this figure.

The Education Committee approved a cost sharing based on £198,000 from the Rural Council and £112,000 from the County Council.

The sports complex will be tied in with the Deepings Secondary School which is due to go comprehensive in September next year and eventually increase to 1,200 places.

Employees at the Bourne depot of British Road Services were shocked this week to learn that the depot is closing down on April 3. Several of them have been employed there since nationalisation, in 1947.

Redundancy notices are being issued. It is understood that some of the 26 employed will be found jobs at other depots.

“Where it is possible, staff will be found positions elsewhere,” Mr. D. Allen, a staff manager at the administrative offices in Derby said, “It is more than likely that the contract side of the staff will be transferred to another branch.”

He said that the decision to close the depot was the result of the economic condition of the country.

“We have to draw our horns in, sharply,” he added, “Because we are a service unit and are among the first affected. In future depots ought to be able to cover larger areas. The service we will provide for the Bourne area will be from Newark.”

100 years ago

A Skilled Horticulturist – The death occurred on Thursday in last week of Mr. Alfred Hagger, North-st., at the age of 70 years. The deceased, who had spent 40 year in the service of Messrs. W. and J. Brown, florists and seed merchants, by whom he was held in high esteem, was a highly skilled horticulturist, being especially an expert in the art of budding and grafting. The interment took place on Saturday. Among those present were three uniformed firemen, who attended as a mark of respect to deceased’s son, Mr. J. Hagger, who is chief engineer of the Stamford Brigade, the members of which also sent a wreath.

Stamford Angling Association – The report of the committee to be presented at the 41st annual meeting of the above Association on Thursday (March 3rd) was as follows: The number of members at present is – Honorary, 5; annual for angling in the Guash and Welland, 81; for angling only in the Welland, 148. During the year 56 new members joined; 8 daily tickets were issued for the Guash, and 45 weekly and 58 daily tickets were taken for the Welland. The receipts amounted to £97 19s. 0d., and the expenditure £92 9s. 10d., and the Association has now a balance of £51 6s. 10d. The prizes for specimen fish have been won this year as follows: - Trout, 2lbs 3½ozs., Mr. Lee; grayling, 12½ozs., Mr. G Turnill; pike, 9lbs. 2oz., Mr. J. Ingle; perch 16ozs., Mr. R. Grimwood; roach 1lbs 9¾ozs., Mr A. Ellis; chubb, 2lbs. 1½ozs., Mr. A. D. Hall; dace, 14ozs., Mr. J. Barlow; bream, 3lbs. 4½ozs., Mr. J. Barlow.

Oakham. Women’s Institute – The monthly meeting of the above was held in the Congregational School on Feb. 23rd. There were 120 members and visitors present, who were much interested in a lantern lecture entitled “A Journey Through Space,” given by the Rev. Paul Shipley. The lantern, kindly lent by Mr. Sargant, was operated by Mr. Anderson. A hearty vote of thanks was given to Mr. Shipley and Mr. Anderson. Coffee and cakes were kindly provided by Mrs. Wellington.

Entertainment – The Victoria Hall, Oakham, was crowded on the evening of Thursday last week, when a highly enjoyable and successful entertainment, promoted by the Vine Sick and Dividing Club on behalf of Leicester Infirmary, took place. The arrangements had been made by Mr. J. Watson, who also acted as stage manager, and his efforts contributed in no small degree to the excellent concert. The stage, which had been arranged by Messrs. Ford, presented a very pretty appearance. The singing of Mrs. C. Coy and Miss C. Baguley was greatly appreciated, whilst the humorous contributions of Mr. Hopkins won a remarkable ovation. Mr. F. Franks’ singing delighted the audience, whilst the tenor solos by Mr. F. Beaver gave great pleasure to all. A very pretty item was the fancy dances by Miss Robins’ pupils. The dresses were made by Miss Robins, and the way in which the children acquitted themselves exemplified the thorough training they had received. Mr. J. Watson excelled in his comic songs, his contribution “I’m a Daddy,” being applauded to the echo, whilst the mystery entertainment by Mr. and Mrs. Lenox, of Stamford, completely baffled the spectators. Mr. T. Robins furnished the accompaniments with his customary ability.

150 years ago

The following appointments of Stamford municipal officers were made on Tuesday last: Auditors, Mr. J. T. Wilson, silversmith, and Mr. F. March, chemist; revising assessors, Mr. Goodliff Jeffs and Mr. Alfred Scotney; assessors for the borough, Mr. Wm.. Oldham, tobacconist, and Mr. Wm. Duncomb, baker; assessors for All Saints’ ward, Mr F. Riley, butcher, and Mr. J. Britton, ironmonger; and for St Mary’s ward, Mr. Wright Provost, chemist, and Mr. George Caswell, hotel-keeper.

The Snider breech-loading rifles for the Stamford Volunteers have arrived.

On Monday about 40 men of the Rutland troop of the Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry were engaged in ball practice at the Stamford butts with breech-loading carbines.

On Thursday the 23d the Wesleyan Sunday-school Band of Hope held their first anniversary. A tea was given to the members, and afterwards a public meeting was held, the chair being occupied by the president, Mr. Charles Chapman. The room was crowded to excess, and numbers were unable to gain admittance. Recitations, dialogues, solos, and choruses were excellently given by the members, and elicited rapturous applause. This Band of Hope now numbers 120 members.

Our obituary records the death, at the age of 71, of Mrs. Clare, the widow of the poet. As “Patty of the Vale” Clare’s earlier poems abound with allusions to the deceased (originally Martha Turner, of Walkherd Lodge, near Great Casterton), with whom he fell in love when a lime burner in the employ of the father of the late Mr. Wilders, of Casterton. Clare’s marriage was celebrated at Great Casterton church, March 16,1820, by the Revd. Rd. Lucas, father of Mr. Lucas, of Edithweston. Mrs. Clare enjoyed for many years past a moderate competence from a life annuity generously provided for her by the late Earl Fitzwilliam. Her homes was at Northborough, but her death took place at the house of a married daughter resident at Spalding. Clare himself died at the age of 70.

On Saturday Mr. Caswell, of the Stamford Hotel, met with an accident whilst out hunting. In taking a fence his horse fell, and threw him with great force: he received a severe shaking and his back was injured. He managed to remount and ride as far as Empingham, from which place he was conveyed home in a vehicle by Mr. Clarke.

Bourn – An entertainment was given in the Public-hall on Monday last by the Cremona Musical Union. The instrumental portion of the music was artistically executed, and the singing highly finished, and called forth encores. The especial novelty of this entertainment is the appearance of five female instrumental performers, said to be all sisters.

The train which during last month left Bourn at ten minutes before 12, commenced on the 1st inst. to leave Bourn ten minutes earlier, namely, at 20 minutes before 12.

Billingboro’ – On Friday last a man named Richman, a foreman employed on the line of railway now in formation, died somewhat suddenly, leaving a wife (recently confined) and four children totally unprovided for. We hear that a sum of £7 has been collected amongst the workmen on behalf of the widow and children.

200 years ago

About eight o’clock last Friday night a most daring highway robbery was committed in Water-street, Stamford Baron. Mr. Thomas Riddell, of Barnack, returning from this town rather in liquor, was stopped by three persons, who, without speaking a word, threw him down, and robbed him of his pocket-book, containing £23.

On Saturday night last as Mr. Parish, farmer, of Ryhall, was returning home from spending a convivial afternoon at Exton, accompanied in a gig by his daughter, and by Mrs. Walker of St. Paul’s-street in this town, he unfortunately drove against a post on the side of the road, between Tickencote and Casterton, with such violence as to break the gig to pieces, and to precipitate himself and his companions with great force to the ground. The party were fortunately preceded by some persons on horseback, amongst whom was Mr. Parish’s son; and on the horse from the gig galloping past them with the shafts hanging at his heels, they hastily returned, and had the grief of finding Miss Parish with her left arm fractured and dislocated, Mr. Parish with his collar-bone broken, and Mrs. Walker lying insensible on the road. Every humane assistance was speedily rendered from Casterton, to which place the sufferers were conveyed. Mrs.Walker was restored to animation, and Mr. and Miss Parish, we are happy to hear, are doing well under the care of their surgeon. The horse from the gig galloped to Ryhall before he could be stopped.

Inquests were held at Rippingale and Carlby, on Monday and yesterday, by Mr. Edwards, coroner, on a child who died suddenly through illness, and another who was burnt to death. Verdicts accordingly.

Uppingham, 21st Feb. 1821.

A Desirable Situation for Trade.

To be Let, and entered upon immediately,

All those capital and desirable Premises, in thorough repair, most eligibly situated in the market-place of the town of Uppingham, late in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Falkner, grocer; consisting of an excellent Shop, parlour, kitchen, &c. on the ground floor; large dining room , and 4 bed rooms, on the first floor; and 5 attics. There is a large light Cellar under the shop, a Stable, and other Conveniences attached, with a Pump, and small Yard.

The above is a most excellent situation for commencing in almost any line of business; and for a view of the same, and for further particulars, apply (if by letter, post paid) to Mrs. Eliz. Parker, of Uppingham.

Falkingham, Feb, 23, 1821.

Taken up, at Falkingham, about three months since, a Young Setter Dog. Any person that has lost the same, by applying to W. Banks, Bell Inn, Falkingham, and telling the marks and paying the expenses already incurred, may have him again; if not owned within one month from the date hereof, he will be Sold to defray the expenses.



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