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

10 years ago

Good samaritans are making a big difference in Stamford at night over the weekends by helping drunken revellers.

Street pastors have been patrolling Stamford town centre on Saturday nights handing out water and helping people in a vulnerable state.

50 years ago: July 2, 1971 – The cast of this weekend’s Mothers’ Union and the Young Wives Group pageant, based on the new Mothers’ Union prayer. The pageant was part of the patronal festival events at St Mary’s Church, Stamford.
50 years ago: July 2, 1971 – The cast of this weekend’s Mothers’ Union and the Young Wives Group pageant, based on the new Mothers’ Union prayer. The pageant was part of the patronal festival events at St Mary’s Church, Stamford.

The volunteers, who are aged between 20 and 70, also clear away glass and ensure that lone revellers get home safely.

Since the scheme started on April, the pastors have picked up 272 bottles, swept up 60 loads of glass, given out 79 pairs of flip flops, chatted to 78 groups of people and 116 individuals.

Co-ordinator Anita Gordon gave a presentation to Stamford Town Council on Tuesday about the scheme’s success.

25 years ago: June 28, 1996 – Members of Stamford Ladies Luncheon Club made £646 for Stamford Hospital at a charity lunch at Normanton Park Hotel. Pictured, from left, Anne-Marie Greenhaigh (chairman), Eileen Smith (president), Rosemary Hawthorne (speaker) and Jan Stevenson (vice-chairman)
25 years ago: June 28, 1996 – Members of Stamford Ladies Luncheon Club made £646 for Stamford Hospital at a charity lunch at Normanton Park Hotel. Pictured, from left, Anne-Marie Greenhaigh (chairman), Eileen Smith (president), Rosemary Hawthorne (speaker) and Jan Stevenson (vice-chairman)

Speaking in the town hall, Mrs Gordon said: “one statistic I haven’t got, which would be really helpful, and that is the one for what hasn’t happened as a result of street pastors. How many fights haven’t happened? How many girls haven’t cut their feet?”

Revised plans for a new football stadium in Stamford are about to be sent out for the public to see.

Stamford AFC are hoping to leave the Vic Couzens Stadium, in Kettering Road, for a new 1,500-seat stadium with two pitches in Ryhall Road.

The club has been working on plans to create a new home with Burghley House Preservation Trust, which owns both sites.

A housing development is planned for the former stadium.

The revised proposals include a new entrance into the site and the car park has been moved. It follows a public consultation in 2009.

A planning application has not yet been submitted to South Kesteven District Council.

Some residents in the Ryhall Road area have voiced opposition to the stadium plans. They were also against Lincolnshire Council Council’s proposal to build a rubbish tip in the area but this has been put on the backburner as a result of the spending cuts.

A headteacher is excited about the “enormous benefits” academy status could bring his school.

The Deepings School yesterday confirmed it is seeking academy status for September 2011.

The formal consultation process is complete and the school can now push forward its application.

The school qualifies to apply immediately for the status because of its latest Ofsted inspection which was ‘outstanding’.

Secretary of state for education Michael Gove is encouraging all schools to convert to academy status over the next few years.

Headteacher Chris Beckett said: “The governors and I have taken our time to access the pros and cons of academy status and now feels like the appropriate time to leave the local authority and seek pastures new.

“We will be working closely with the CfBT Schools Trust as there are enormous benefits for staff, students and the school in general.

“All of us are genuinely excited and looking forward to a positive partnership and feel confident that this relationship will see the school continue to progress over the coming years.”

25 years ago

Burglars caused damage totalling £5,000 with a sledgehammer and disc-cutter in a raid on Stamford railway station at the weekend.

British Transport Police detectives are calling for information about the incident in which thieves stole cash cheques and tokens totalling £2,569 from the booking office between 3pm on Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday.

“Anyone with information about people who are spending unusual amounts of money or selling tokens should call CID on 01733 52868,” said Detective Sergeant Andrew Gorman.

It is believed that raiders broke into the station building with a sledgehammer and used a disc-cutter to open a floor safe. They cut the alarm wires in a burglary which could have taken half an hour.

They stole £1,803 in cash, £90 in cheques and South Kesteven travel token worth £639.60. the silver-coloured tokens are exchanged for tickets

The burglars also stole £36.40 worth of Leicestershire tokens, which are green and the size of a 10 pence piece.

Taxi drivers have refused to follow new district council guidelines on fare setting. A proposal to allow Hackney Carriage companies the right to set their own fares was passed by one vote at a meeting of the South Kesteven District Council hackney carriage and private hire licensing sub-committee.

South Kesteven Taxi Drivers’ Association, understood to represent two thirds of the hackney drivers in the region,had consistently warned that deregulation would not be in the best interests of the public or companies because of an inevitable price war.

In response to SKDC’s decision the association chose instead to use an existing default rate – a uniform maximum fare table set be taxi drivers and endorsed by the council.

Association chairman John Gilbert-Jupp said: “Every operator we represent has voted not to set their own table of fares, but accept the default or uniform rate to avoid the risk of customer confusion or unscrupulous operators ripping off customers.”

The Government has given its approval to Castle Cement’s use of Cemfuel, prompting accusations that it has not gone far enough to allay public fears.

The company is now preparing to burn tyres and has been accused of using out-of-date technology to destroy them when they could be returned to their constituent materials.

Less than a year ago the Labour-chaired Environment Committee held an enquiry into the burning of liquid fuels such as the one partly replacing coal in Castle’s Ketton kilns.

Local environmentalists were among those submitting evidence.

The committee’s recommendations included more effective enforcement of pollution inspectorate standards and additional controls. They say more should be done to monitor the effects of kiln dust on the environment.

But the Government found that present controls were sufficient and concluded that Cemfuel, and fuels like it being used at other cement kilns around the country, “posed no additional hazard to human health”.

The Environment Agency, which replaced Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Pollution, also believes there is no justification for health surveys in areas near works burning waste-derived fuels.

50 years ago

One of Stamford’s best known figures, Ald George Swanson, retired on Wednesday from Newage Lyon Ltd, a firm which he first joined in 1946.

For ten years he has been personnel and training officer with the company and tribute was paid to his work in this job at a presentation, on Tuesday.

Chief executive, Mr A. K. Bose, said that Ald Swanson had seen many changes in his time with the firm and added: “During this period George has played a leading part in the development of the company.”

He spoke of Ald Swanson’s work with training and apprentices and said: “They have got so much to be thankful to you for.”

Before he made the presentation of a table lamp made by apprentices and a cheque from other employees of the firm, Mr Bose asked Mr Swanson to present a certificate to 20-year-old Mr Tony Baker, of Willoughby Road, Stamford.

To get a private telephone installed in Stamford could take anything from three days to 18 months.

A spokesman for the GPO claimed on Wednesday that 90 per cent of people received their telephones within a fortnight.

He said however: “Occasionally we are short of underground cables and we have so much work it takes probably 12 to 18 months.

“We can provide a telephone service within three days, and most are straightforward cases.”

When people apply for a telephone they are given an estimated time for which they will have to wait.

Stamford will not get a significant population boost from the Peterborough expansion scheme.

This is one of the points to emerge from a study drawn up by five county councils to measure the effect of the city’s expansion on the surrounding areas.

The report - “Peterborough – A Sub-Regional Study” - expects the major population growth to be in villages south of the city in the next 15 years.

Any sizeable population expansion at Stamford is dismissed in the study.

“Stamford is a town of great architectural quality and its historic centre would be destroyed by massive growth. A general policy of conservation is administered in and around the town.”

The study points out that a steady growth of population is being encouraged in Bourne with a target of 8,000 people by 1981.

It’s been a long wait since the Department of Education first gave the go-ahead in 1969, but work has finally started on the new St Gilbert’s Primary School in Stamford.

Walk along behind Rock Terrace towards West Street in Stamford, and you will come to a green wire fence.Behind the fence, until a few weeks ago, you would have been a grassy bank but no more – powerful digging machines, piles of bricks and patches of greasy looking soil have taken over the scene.

Not something to be too pleased about, you might think, but the parents of 240 Stamford school children are pleased and excited to see work start on the new St Gilbert’s School in Foundry Road.

Once completed the pupils and staff will move from West Street Infants School, where five and six year olds are crammed into three small classrooms and Austin Street Junior School, complete with the coke room-heaters, cramped accommodation and dark classrooms.

100 years ago

Fire Brigade’s Success – In addition to the striking successes gained by the Stamford Volunteer Fire Brigade at the National Fire Brigade Association’s annual competitions at Ramsgate which we recorded in our last issue,the Brigade won further distinction late in the week by finishing third in the National steamer competition.

Stamford Athletic Football Club – The annual meeting was held at the Half Moon inn, Mr. T. H. Wright presiding. The financial statement, presented by Mr. J. Chapman, showed £1 7s. 1½d. in hand, and an account of the club’s performances during the past season was given by Mr. G. Bunning, hon. Secretary. Various local gentlemen interested in sport were appointed vice-presidents, Messrs. W. Bates and Harold Needham were chosen as joint secretaries, and Mr. W. Medwell was elected hon. treasurer. It was decided to compete next season in the Peterborough and Stamford and District Leagues and in the Stamford Nursing Society, Peterborough, Junior, and Lincolnshire Junior Cup tournaments.

Magistrates and Police Inspector – At the police court, on Saturday, the Mayor, on behalf of the Bench, congratulated Insp. Kettles on his past services and tendered to him their best wishes for many years to come. “The distinctive mark of Insp. Kettles,” said the mayor, “Has been straightforwardness in his court.” Insp. Kettles suitably responded. During the time he had been here, he said, he had always endeavoured to put cases in a straightforward way before their worships. It was very gratifying to him to feel that during the last 17 months he had conducted his duties to the satisfaction of the justices. He would also like to thank the Clerk to the Magistrates for his ever willing and valuable advise, and the Press for the fair and impartial manner in which they reported the various cases.

Bourne Waterworks Company – The annual meeting was held on Tuesday. Mr. C. H. M. Baxter, who presided, made sympathetic reference to the illness of the secretary (Mr. S. R. Andrews). The accounts for the year were passed. Regarding the failure of the West-street supply, due to insufficient pressure, it was decided that the North-street supply be connected to the West-street mains. Mr. Hy. Barratt was re-elected a director and Mr. R. B. Gibson was elected to the board in the place of the late Mr. W. Gibson.

Water Shortage – The Oakham Water Company have announced that owing to the prolonged drought they have been compelled to further restrict the supply. It is now only available from 7 a.m. To 9.30 a.m.; 1p.m. to 2 p.m., and 4.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Flower Service – In connection with the Oakham Sunday Society a flower service was held in the Victoria-hall on Sunday. An address was delivered by the Rev. Neil Wilson and two pianoforte duets were nicely rendered by Mrs. Baines and Miss Gilbert. The collection was on behalf of the society’s funds.

“Flying Column’s” Visit – The Church Army “Flying Column” arrived in Oakham last week on their way from Birmingham to Great Yarmouth. They were met by the Rev. G. A. A. Finch and three successful open-air meetings were held.

150 years ago

In a report from the Watch Committee read at the meeting of the Stamford Town Council on Tuesday it was stated that arrangements have been made for drilling the members of the police force in the use of the fire escape presented to the borough by the Marquis of Exeter, and that the force will assemble for that purpose on the first Thursday in every month. It is very desirable that the fire brigade should be frequently drilled at the same work.

Among the amateurs and gardeners who took prizes at the great Horticultural Exhibition at Nottingham were Mr. Laxton, of Stamford, for roses; Mr. Smith, gardener to the Earl of Gainsborough, for grapes; Mr. T. Allsopp, gardener to C. T. Birch Reyard, Esq., of Holywell Hall, for maidenhair ferns; Mr. C. Frisby, gardener to H.Chaplin, Esq., of Blankney, for silver and tricolour zonal pelargoniums; and Mr. Lumsden, gardener at Bloxholm Hall, and Mr. R. Gilbert, gardener to the Marquis of Exeter, for collection of vegetables, including Laxton’s Supreme, Carter’s Hunderedfold, Laxton’s Quality, Dwarf Waterloo, and two other varieties of peas. Mr. R. Gilbert also took the first Gardeners’ prize for 8 kinds of vegetables and 4 of salad.

Mr. Clarke’s theatrical company was well patronised on Friday evening last, the performances on that occasion having been bespoken by te Mayor and the captain and officers of the Rifle Corps.

The undermentioned property in Stamford and shares in the Stamford Gas Company and Corn-exchange Company were offered by auction, at the George Hotel, by Messrs. Richardson, on Wednesday, but none of the property was sold, the biddings for each lot not reaching the reserve price. For lot 1, a dwelling-house in St. John’s-street, in the occupation of Mr. Matthew Cox and the Midland Railway Company, £500 was offered, the reserve being £700. Lot 2, three small tenements, &c. in Ashby’s-passage, occupied by Hy. Bollings, Wm. Snarey, and Chas. Sismore, did not obtain an offer. Lot 3, two tenements in the Sheep-market, occupied by Alfred Hibbins and Robt. Brown, was bid up for up to £120, when, there being no advance, the reserve price was stated by be £170. Lot 4, two houses in the Sheep-market, occupied by Louisa Broughton and Wm. Baker, was also bought in the highest offer being £200, and the reserve price was fixed at £250. Lot 5, a warehouse, occupied by David Davison, was withdrawn. The competition of the shares was rather spirited. A share in the Gas Company fetched £89, the highest price yet made of these shares; two shares in the Corn-exchange Company realised £9 12s. 6d. each. And four others made £2 10s. each; two shares in the Stamford Institution were sold for £3 7s. 6d., and three are £3 10s. each.

Bourn – the seventh quarterly service for the children took place at the Independent chapel, Eastgate, Bourn, on Sunday evening last, when a very appropriate and interesting address was delivered by the Rev. S. Chisholm, the pastor.

On Monday last Charles Corton, an aged labourer, was charged before Hy. Smith, Esq., with stealing a quantity of black varnish, the property of the Great Northern Railway Company, at Pointon. The prisoner was in the act of using the varnish alleged to have been stolen at the time he was apprehended, & was remanded to the next petty sessions at Bourn.

200 years ago

At Stamford fair on Monday, the quantity of beasts was large for the time of year: fat things sold badly – some good heifers as low as about 7s. per stone. Store beasts could scarcely be turning into money.

The grazier from Perthshire who was killed by the overturning of the Edinburgh Mail on the 16th inst was Mr. Thomas Donaldson, who was well known in this neighbourhood, and in the Midland counties generally, as a considerable dealer in cattle. He was proceeding to Rowell fair at the time of the

On Wednesday night the 20th inst. About ten o’clock, Mrs. Delahoy, of Wyberton, was stopped opposite to Skirbeck Hall by a foot-pad, who, after much abuse and ill-treatment, robbed her of four shillings and sixpence, and a silver thimble.

On Thursday the 21st inst. A poor woman passing over St. Neot’s bridge, was attacked by a cow (having a calf by her side), and tossed directly over the parapet into the river: prompt assistance was rendered, and she was with difficulty rescued from a watery grave: the river at the place where she fell in is very deep.

Money Wanted.

Bourn District of Road.

Notice is hereby given,

That the Trustees will hold a Meeting on Thursday the 26th day of July next, at the George and Angel Inn in Stamford, at Eleven o’clock in the forenoon, when they will be ready to receive Proposals from any person or persons who may be willing to advance them the Sum of £150, at 5 per cent. interest, in shares of £50 or £25 to each person, on the Credit of the Tolls under the Act of Parliament lately passed; which sum of £150 will be applied towards the liquidating and discharging the costs and expenses incurred for obtaining the late Act, and will therefore have a priority of payment over the other securities on the said road.

By order, W. Reed, Clerk.

Stamford, June 21st, 1821.

Found, in a Close in the parish of Etton, in the month of March,

A Ewe and lamb.

Whoever has lost the same, on describing the marks and paying the expenses, may have their own again, by applying to Mr. Gibb, of Helpstone Heath; if not owned within three weeks from the date hereof, they will be sold to defray the expenses. June 28, 1821.

To be Let, and entered upon immediately,

A Very convenient & handsomely fitted-up Dwelling-House,with a large Garden lying at the back of the same, situate in St, Martin’s, Stamford Baron, where the parish rates are low, and the rent will be made easy to an approved tenant. Apply to Mr. Redifer, in Stamford; letters to be post paid. 21st June, 1821.

A horse the property of Mr. Robinson, of Allington, was destroyed last week in consequence of its having exhibited symptoms of hydrophobia.

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