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10 years ago

A popular bar and restaurant has won its battle to hold live music and comedy shows.

Mama Liz’s Soulfood Shack, in North Street, Stamford, was granted planning permission on Tuesday to use its basement area, known as the Voodoo Lounge, for live music and comedy.

25 years ago: March 29, 1996 – Youngsters at William Hildyard School in Market Deeping are taking a further step into the hi-tech age, thanks to the generosity of Barclays Bank. Pictured. Head of Barclays personal taxation services Chris Guppy presents a cheque to Parent Teacher Association past social secretary Vanessa Reynolds as the children look on.
25 years ago: March 29, 1996 – Youngsters at William Hildyard School in Market Deeping are taking a further step into the hi-tech age, thanks to the generosity of Barclays Bank. Pictured. Head of Barclays personal taxation services Chris Guppy presents a cheque to Parent Teacher Association past social secretary Vanessa Reynolds as the children look on.

The change of use is subject to a number of conditions which require the venue to be fully soundproofed, following noise complaints from the adjoining St Mary and St Augustine’s Catholic Church, in Broad Street.

Co-owner Liz Bullimore, the titular ‘Mama Liz’, launched a passionate defence of her business at a South Kesteven District Council planning meeting in Grantham earlier this week.

She said: “We are proud of our business and we want Stamford to be proud of us.

50 years ago: April 2, 1971 – Most children dress up for fun but it is a serious matter for four local children. Ready for the dance are (from left) David Patrick, Sandra Harrison, Carolyn Tyers and Kevin Patrick.
50 years ago: April 2, 1971 – Most children dress up for fun but it is a serious matter for four local children. Ready for the dance are (from left) David Patrick, Sandra Harrison, Carolyn Tyers and Kevin Patrick.

“We are happy to comply with all the conditions. As soon as we knew about the sound problem we were determined to do something about it.

“We want to smother the sound so that our neighbour can’t hear a thing.”

Organisers of Stamford Festival’s popular parade are calling on community groups and firms to get involved with the fun.

The parade, organised by Stamford Kiwanis, is one of the highlights of the festival fortnight bringing colour and music to the town’s streets.

The theme of this year’s parade, which will be held on Saturday, June 26, is fairy tales.

Organiser Andy Totton says that he had already received application from floats and is hoping to add a new twist to this year’s event.

Mr Totton wants community groups in the area to run stalls on the Recreation Ground to raise awareness of their activities.

The group is also looking for sponsorship from businesses in the town for the trophies which are handed out after the parade for the best floats.

Mr Totton is urging more people to get involved with the parade.

He said: “We are keen that those who have never entered a float to give it a go.

“It doesn’t cost anything to have a float in the parade – entry is free so there is no charge. There’s just a bit of time left and we need to know whether they want a float.

“We have already got half-a-dozen people signed up. We have invited everyone who has participated in the past and invited all the community groups and schools to be involved on the day.”

Villagers will be going to the polls to have their say on plans to bury radioactive waste in a tip.

Twelve villages in Northamptonshire and Rutland will be holding a referendum on Thursday in a campaign against waste company Augean’s plans to dump low level waste at its East Northants Resource Management Facility, in King’s Cliffe.

Protest group Local Democracy in Action is running the campaign.

Three other villages are holding petitions.

The results of the referendums, which will cost approximately £600 each and will be paid for by the parish council, will be passed onto Local Government minister Eric Pickles before he makes a decision in May on Augean’s plans.

A planning inquiry was held in November last year as the company tried to overturn Northampton County Council’s decision to refuse permission to bury the low level waste.

25 years ago

Schools are turning out students without the basic numeracy and literacy skills expected by businessmen in the region, according to a new report by the Institute of Directors.

Lincolnshire branch of the IoD has called for a return to selective education and says it favours streaming – not mixed ability teaching. The comprehensive system was branded a “mistake”.

But Lincolnshire County Council says the evidence it has shows there to be little or no difference in the performance of children from comprehensive or selective education.

According to a national survey into directors’ opinions on educational standards in England and Wales, 79 per cent were concerned about the basic literacy and numeracy skills of job applicants. More than a third of the directors who responded also doubted the suitability of graduates, with 70 per cent unhappy with GCSE standards.

Barbara Spurrier, Lincolnshire IoD chairman, said: “We would like to see a thorough debate locally and nationally about educational standards. We need to have young people who are skills and employable.”

Lincolnshire police has fared well in the Government’s national crime and detection statistics revealed this week with its detection rising by eight per cent.

And figures for the 1995 calendar year show that recorded crime in the county has risen by only half a per cent to 48,015 incidents – an increase of 248.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Goldsmith said: “The figures show that Lincolnshire Police, with the help and co-operation of the community it serves, has detected a high proportion of the crimes recorded. In league table terms we are fourth and 13 per cent above the national detection average of 26 per cent.

“Overall, it is satisfying to see we are still achieving considerable successes both in crime reduction and detection despite the significant reduction in resources.”

Plans to use Bourne’s historical Red Hall in a television costume drama could put the town on the map for tourists.

Bourne United Charities has been approached by ITV asking to use the Red Hall to film scenes for the drama Moll Flanders.

If given the go-ahead, the programme could do wonders for Bourne’s tourism, according to the town’s traders.

Ken McCormack, chairman of Bourne Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: “I think it would be an excellent idea. It’s got to be good for Bourne. It would put the town on the map as it did for Stamford with Middlemarch and make more of the tourist attractions we have got.”

Coun Don Fisher also believes the drama could have a positive affect on the town.

He said: “Bourne is a historical market town with lots of famous names, from Hereward the Wake to Raymond Mays. The more people know about what is here the more likely they will come to visit. The Red Hall is one of the finest small Elizabethan houses in Lincolnshire.”

But according to the clerk of Bourne United Charities, Tom Teague, the trustee have not yet decided whether to allow the cameras in.

He said: “We were approached by the television company about three months ago asking if they could use the Red Hall. The trustees have not made a decision just yet. We want to find out more details about what work is involved and what the television crews want to do to the house. The decision will be made in the next few days.”

50 years ago

Housing committee chairman Coun Alex Brodie has changed his mind about resigning from Stamford Borough Council.

He said on Wednesday that he had now decided that he would seek re-election as a Conservative candidate for St George’s Ward.

Three weeks ago Coun Brodie announced that he would not be seeking re-election because of the pressure of work from his chemist and optician’s business.

“I have changed my mind because of two reasons. A lot of people said that they were sorry I was leaving. This made me think again if I had made the right decision,” he said.

“Then with the local government re-organisation the borough council only has a life of another three years and I feel I may be of some use in the negotiations.”

Six people in the Ketton rural area have not been asked to pay water rates for six years. Now they are facing big demands from the Nene and Ouse Water Board.

One of the people who has been getting water “free” has been ill for two years and owes £34. Another owes £100.

The board appointed the local councils in its areas to collect the rates. Ketton Rural Council is responsible for the collections in its area.

The Clerk of the Rural Council, Mr G. P. Warters on Wednesday denied that the council had forgotten to make the collections.

“We can only collect water rates for the people the board instruct us to,” he said. “We have only just received a letter from the board asking us to collect from these people in 1971-72.”

At the water board’s meeting at Thrapston on Monday Mr E. J. Carver said that the letter one of the people had received was “cold blooded and poor public relations”.

More than 1,000 anglers in Stamford and Oakham have joined the battle to stop the proposed Empingham reservoir becoming a trout-only water.

Officials of three Stamford angling clubs and one at Oakham pledged their “fullest possible support” this week to the campaign against the Welland and Nene River Authority’s trout-only decision.

The fight to get course fishing at the reservoir, which is costing £16½ million, is being spearheaded by the giant Coventry and District Angling Association.

They were brought into the row by the 350-strong Uppingham and District Angling Society who wrote to a number of major associations after they were told of the River Authority’s

Chairman of the 850-member Stamford Welland Angling Association, Mr Roy Pearce, said this week: “Our members are not happy about the decision and we have pledged our support to both Uppingham and Coventry in their fight.

“Personally I feel there is room for both trout and coarse fishing. All our members are against having trout-only fishing,” he said.

100 years ago

A Well-Earned Rest – A well-known Stamford gentleman, in the person of Mr. Albert Bird, of High-street, St. Martin’s, retired from business activity on March 31st. Mr. Bird has been manager of the Stamford district for Messrs. Ellis and Everard, Limited, the well-known merchants, for the past 36 years, and has actually served the firm at Stamford for 57 years – a very fine record. The good wishes of his many business and private friends will be extended to him in his justly-earned retirement. We understand that Messrs. Ellis and Everard, Ltd., have appointed Mr. Charles Issitt, their Tallington manager, to succeed Mr. Bird,with Mr. H. E. Sargent, who has been at the Stamford office many years, as assistant manager.

Swimming Club – At the annual meeting of the Stamford Swimming Club the officers were re-elected en bloc with the exception that Mr. H. E. Sorfleet was elected on the committee in the place of Mr. A. Peasgood, and Mr. C. Dodman was appointed hon. Secretary in Mr. Sorfleet’s place. It was resolved that the committee be enlarged, and it was decided that the four boys’ schools in the town be asked to nominate representatives on the committee. Mr. Holmes Cornwall was elected a life member of the club (non-competitive). It was resolved to form a junior and ladies’ sections of the club, and an alteration to the rules was made setting forth that no one was to be allowed to compete at the annual gala who had not been a member of the club for six weeks previously.

Accident – As Mrs. Mary Johnson, of North-street, was wheeling a truck through St. George’s-square on Thursday week she collided with a motor car driven by Walter Smith, of the Egg Depot, just as she had turned from the side to the centre of the thoroughfare, in order to pass by a stationary coal dray. The truck, naturally came off the worse, and Mrs. Johnson was also knocked down, but on examination at the Infirmary her injuries were found to be slight.

Territorials Shoot – The first monthly shoot to be held by the local Territorials since mobilisation in 1914 took place at Tinwell range on Saturday. It is hoped to hold these competitions each month, and an additional spoon has this year been given for the recruit of 1920 and 1921, who had no military service prior to joining the Territorials. The winner was Pte. G. Brown, with a score of 60. C.S.M. A. Peasgood was first in the competition with a score of 73. Appended are the individual scores: C.S.M. Peasgood, 73; Sgt. Pauley, 72; Lieut. C. Wellstead, 65; Pte. Brick, 61; Pte. G. Brown, 60; Pte. J. H. Green, 53; Pte. Warby, 50; Pte. J. T. Popple, 48; Cpl. C. Knighton,47; Lieut. Elliott, 36; Lieut. Greenwood, 29.

Overseers – At the police court on Saturday, the following were appointed overseers for the ensuing year: - parish of St. Michael’s; H. W. Dickinson and R. Ward; St. George’s: J. J. Brand and W. H. Walmsley; All Saints: J. H. C. Duddington and E. E. Elderkin; St. Martin’s: G. Miles and A. Bird; St. Mary’s: E. Dalton and J. F. Dick; St John’s:A. W. Parker and A. Cade.

150 years ago

The Bill for the enclosure of Stamford open fields passed the Committee of the House of Lord’s last week, and on Tuesday was read a third time. It has now to undergo the ordeal of the House of Commons Committee.

The Stamford Floral and Horticultural Society, which has recently been revived,under the patronage of the Marquis and Marchioness of Exeter, after being in abeyance for several years, have issued a schedule of prizes for a grand show of roses, flowers, fruits, and vegetables,to take place on Wednesday the 21st of June, in the grounds of Mrs. Edmonds, opposite Rutland-terrace. As the prizes are both numerous and valuable it is expected that there will be no lack of exhibitors, and a very successful show is anticipated.

Friday last was the principal day of Stamford Midlent pleasure fair; and as the weather was remarkably fine, more like summer than March, there was a large influx of visitors, but nothing equal to the attendance of former years, when a visit to the mart was pleasingly anticipated for weeks before the event. There is indeed a manifest decline in the taste for country fairs, and the exhibitions and bazaars fall off correspondingly. The marionette show did a good business, and a small circus company were pretty well supported. The police were on the alert for thieves, but they proved to be very scarce; and not one robbery was reported.

The election of master and matron of the Stamford Union took place at the Board meeting on Wednesday last, when the choice fell upon Mr. and Mrs. Groome, the former of whom has been for nine years master, and the latter six years matron, of the Rochford Union, Essex. Out of the 28 guardians present 21 voted for Mr. and Mrs. Groome, and 7 for Mr. George and Miss Townrow, relieving-officer and matron of St. Luke’s, Middlesex.

A money order and saving bank office is to be opened on the 1st of April at Ryhall.

Bourn – At a vestry meeting held on the 24th inst. (Mr. J. L. Bell in the chair) Mr. R. J. Shilcock and Mr H. Osborn were re-appointed overseers of the poor for the ensuing year, Mr. Wm. Ferraby an Mr. Geo. Phillips were appointed surveyors of highways, and Mr Thos. Harrison and Mr. A. Hall were re-appointed auditors of the Burial Board accounts for the year ending March the 25th. The chairman read a letter from the Great Northern Railway Company respecting the bridge over Star-lane, in which they undertake to re-construct the road and pathway to the satisfaction of the surveyors. Reference was made to the level crossing in the South-street by the Bourn and Spalding line, it being complained that the road on both sides was lower than the rails, causing a jerk, which was very unpleasant to persons passing over it in vehicles, and occasioning loss to persons conveying over it in vehicles anything easily broken. It was suggested that the Company ought to be requested to remedy the evil by placing down proper blocks of wood on both sides of the rails. An opinion was expressed that the Bourn and Sleaford Company intended using the South-street crossing by an arrangement with the Bourn and Spalding Company. This was considered objectionable by some gentlemen.

200 years ago

On Monday last Thomas Woodall was convicted before the Magistrates of this borough of having cut and injured several willow trees growing in Stamford Meadows, and was ordered to pay the sum of 19s. for damages and costs. This is the first conviction which has taken place at Stamford under the very useful Act, 1st Geo. IV, chap. 56, which authorizes a summary mode of proceeding against any person doing injury to real or personal property of whatever description, In default of payment of damages and expenses within a period to be allowed by the magistrates on conviction, offenders are liable to be committed to gaol and held to hard labour for a term not exceeding three months.

On Tuesday last a fine youth about 12 years of age, grandson of Mr. Jos. Pretty of Maxey, was found drowned in the river between that place and West Deeping. One hour previously, he had left his home to go on an errand to West Deeping; and he was seen passing Maxey mill, a short time before the miller had occasion to open the flood-gates, when he found him dead in the stream. It was at first supposed that the unfortunate youth must have been blown off the bank, the wind being remarkably high; but, from the contrary direction of the wind, it is more probable that he accidentally slipped into the river. The coroner’s inquest returned a general verdict of found drowned.

On the night of the 11th inst. the school-room of Mr. Watson, of Edenham, was broken into, and a quantity of books and stationery stolen therefrom. The thieves have hitherto escaped detection.

Notice to the Public in general,

That at the Shop of the late Mr. Wm. Ashby, St. Mary’s-street, Stamford, there is now on sale, considerably under prime cost, a large assortment of New and Second-hand Saddles, a great choice of fashionable Bridles, Whips and Spurs, and every other article in the Saddlery Business; also an extensive stock of saddler’s ironmongery, well worth the attention of the trade, as the whole will be sold at very reduced prices.

Also to be disposed of, a handsome New Gig, just received from the makers, and has never been used: it may be purchased with New or Old Harness, or without either. Stamford, March 28, 1821.

Wanted, a Servant as Groom and Footman, and to make himself generally useful. An excellent good character will be required. Age from 21 to 30 preferable.

Wanted also, a steady Man, between 30 and 40, as servant to a Gentleman who has been very unwell for some time,and requires particular attention.

For reference apply to Mrs. Mills, cabinet and upholstery warehouse, Stamford; or to L.B. Caxton, Cambridgeshire.

River Welland.

Notice is hereby given, that all persons found taking Fish in the river Welland, within the Manor of Uffington and Tallington, will be prosecuted, as the fishery is intended to be strictly preserved.

By order, Robt. Kirk, gamekeeper, Uffington.

House to Let.

To be Let, and entered upon immediately,

A Neat Dwelling-House, at South Witham, within about half-a-mile of the Great North Road, with Stables for four horses, Orchard, Paddock, adjoining.

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