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10 years ago

The future of a nursing and care home in Stamford is looking brighter this week despite the collapse of the company which operates it.

Southern Cross, which runs the Priory Court complex in Priory Road, Stamford, has recorded a loss of £311m and suspended dealings in its shares.

50 years ago: July 16, 1971 – Prince Philip at the Harrier forward site at Wakerley Oaks on Friday with (from left) Wing Commander Ken Hayr, officer commanding No 1 Squadron, defence land agent Mr Peter Robbins, and Mr Charles Gilman, the tenant farmer.
50 years ago: July 16, 1971 – Prince Philip at the Harrier forward site at Wakerley Oaks on Friday with (from left) Wing Commander Ken Hayr, officer commanding No 1 Squadron, defence land agent Mr Peter Robbins, and Mr Charles Gilman, the tenant farmer.

But Priory Court is continuing to operate as usual and residents and their relatives are being told it is highly unlikely that the home will close or reduce its services.

It has already received calls from other care home operators interested in taking it over.

Southern Cross runs 752 homes across the country and says it will transfer all operations to the landlords of the premises.

25 years ago: July 12, 1996 – The Hon Mrs Mary Birkbeck (centre) with her granddaughters and NSPCC voluntary workers in the gardens of Bainton House when they opened to the public
25 years ago: July 12, 1996 – The Hon Mrs Mary Birkbeck (centre) with her granddaughters and NSPCC voluntary workers in the gardens of Bainton House when they opened to the public

The landlords of 250 homes – existing care home firms – have said they will take over the running probably by October.

But what happens to the other homes has not yet been finalised.

Priory Court is not among the 250 homes and the company that owns it says no decision has been made about which care operator is going to be providing services there.

There are about 50 residents at Priory Court and 60 workers.

Hundreds of people turned out to watch an anniversary parade in Stamford on Wednesday.

RAF Wittering personnel marched through the town centre to celebrate it being 50 years since the station was granted the freedom of the town.

The original honour was conferred by Stamford Borough Council on July 1, 1961 in front of Browne’s Hospital and it was here that a similar ceremony was held this week.

The parade formed up at the Star Lane end of Broad Street, from where the freedom sword bearer and scroll bearer, with escorts and markers, were led by the station warrant officer to the reviewing area in front of the hospital and the town war memorial. Led by the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment, the rest of the 150 airmen and women marched to join them.

Stamford Mayor, Coun John Binder and RAF Wittering’s recently appointed Station Commander, Group Captain Richard Hill, joined other civic dignitaries and guests on the balcony for a general salute at 11am. This is accompanied by a spectatular flypast by a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Up to 1,200 homes and businesses have had their phone lines cut off after thieves severed underground cabling.

Police discovered on Wednesday morning that underground copper cabling in Ketton Road, North Luffenham, had been cut through during the night.

It is believed the crooks had intended to steal the cabling. They had cut the cable in two places, 100m apart and are thought to have been planning to return to pick it up.

The cable provided phone lies to up to 1,200 homes and businesses in North Luffenham, Edith Weston and surrounding villages, although a spokesman for BT said there had only been 240 faults reported.

St Mary and St John Primary School in North Luffenham and Edith Weston Primary School were both using emergency mobile phones so parents could get in touch with the school.

25 years ago

Stamford Bypass Group is to consider applying for lottery cash to build the road which will take traffic away from the town.

At a meeting on Tuesday the blue route – south of Stamford and Burghley House – was selected, in principle as the best option.

But a warning was given that lack of Government cash for road building means there will be no bypass for the foreseeable future.

On the idea of bidding for lottery cash Rachel Powell said: “When you look at the kinds of project that get much more money than we would need it would surely be hard to turn us down.”

The favoured blue route runs from the A43, through a corner of Burghley Park, east from the A1 along Barnack Drift, northwards to the west of Pilsgate to link with the A16 near Uffington. How much of Burghley Park would be lost would be a matter for future debate.

The meeting also heard that this bypass would provide the best access to the A1 and A16 to traffic from the proposed quarry in Barnack Road.

Police are asking people to be less demanding of officers because of fears of further budget cuts.

Too many people, the Lincolnshire force say, call on the police with “trivial” problems that could be dealt with using common sense and not take up valuable police time.

Concerns have been voiced because Lincolnshire police may have to cope with a £4.9 million cut in its 1996/97 budget. The current budget is £900,000 short of the amount required to stand still.

In his annual report Chief Constable Peter Bensley says: “The hard facts are that we are going to have to tell the public their demands exceed our financial capacity.”

He points out in the report that if the Government sticks rigidly to its funding formula the next police budget will be £4.9 million less than it needs.

Insp Dave Shakepeare said: “It’s now too easy for people to use their telephone and expect us to deal with a minor inconvenience than to use their common sense and deal with it themselves. We’re called out because a neighbour’s radio is too loud or children are making too much noise and someone’s afraid they will break something. Such trivial matters prevent staff dealing with more urgent matters.”

Bourne Chamber of Trade and Commerce members are objecting to plans for a Tesco store in Bourne despite strong public support for the scheme.

At a special meeting on Tuesday at the Angel Hotel, members voted to oppose the store for South Road, between Bourne Hospital and Opico, because it is an “out of town” development.

The decision is in stark contrast to the view of residents in the town according to a report by Tesco which suggests some 73 per cent of the public surveyed are in favour. The final results have yet to be published.

Tesco representative Mrs Jackie Sadek, attended the chamber meeting to try to reassure local traders that the store, if built, would not have an adverse affect on the town centre shops.

But despite having information to hand that 50 per cent of Bourne’s population travel to other towns to do their major food shopping, some members still felt it would harm small independent traders in the town centre.

50 years ago

There was good news for the staff and tenants of Melbourn Bros Ltd, All Saints’ Brewery, Stamford this week, when the directors announced that all the shares in the company were being bought by the Earl of Gainsborough, and his son-in-law, the Earl of Liverpool.

In a letter from the outgoing board of directors, the staff was told that the new owners had signified their intention of carrying on the business of the company in the best traditions of the past, and that the high standards of quality and personal service would be maintained, No changes in staff were contemplated.

Employees at Stamford were also thanked for their loyalty during the past few weeks in what must have been very unsettling times, and an assurance was given by the Board on their behalf to the new owners, of continued support and endeavour.

It is fitting that a company which has been in the ownership of one family for over one hundred years should continue as a family business and should maintain the role of independence in an industry in which nearly all the smaller firms have been swallowed up.

By a majority of one, Bourne Urban Council decided, on Tuesday, to apply to Bourne magistrates to open the Corn Exchange on any Sunday, Christmas Day and Good Friday.

The voting in favour was 6-5 with Coun Ted Kelby abstaining, after taking no part in the debate.

Coun Jack Burchnell pointed out that if the application to open was granted, the overworked Surveyor and his department would find themselves working on Sundays.

Supporting the recommendation, Coun Ray Cliffe said that there was every form of sport in Bourne on Sundays, and on this coming Sunday, the Abbey Lawn would be crowded for Bourne’s gala.

Chairman of the estates committee, Coun Terry Bates, said: “I could have understood the opposition two months ago, but since then you have voted for people to swim on Sundays. Are we such dictators as to say that you can swim on Sundays, but you must not dance on Sundays? Do not let us make fools of ourselves.”

Willing helpers served lemonade to visitors at Stamford Fane County Secondary Modern School summer fete held at the school on Saturday.

The fete made a record £165.

It was opened by Coun Mrs Winifred Smith.

The white elephant stall made about £13 and articles ranged from a television, a toilet seat and a bike. The baby stall made about £5, and a dart stall run by a fourth year pupil made £1.50.

A third year pupil volunteered to have rotten eggs thrown at him for 2p a throw, and raised £1.50.

The fancy goods stall made £27, book stall £12, and pick-a-straw (run by a second year form) £8.77. The bottle stall made £6, and there was a gymnastics display.

The drink stall raised £11, and for the fruit and vegetable stall much help was given from the school gardens, staff and pupils. This raised nearly £11.

The cake stall and refreshments (third year upwards) realised £28. The grocery stall was sold out in an hour, raising £12 and a second year form sold ginger beer – 65 pints which raised £2.50.

Chocolates and sweets made £13.

100 years ago

His Sixty-Eighth – When Robt. Toon, labourer, was charged at an occasional court on Friday with having been drunk and disorderly the previous evening, it was said that was his 68th appearance before the Bench. Of all places he had chosen the exterior of the police station for the exhibition of his misbehaviour on this occasion. He was committed for 28 days’ hard labour, Mr. R. Tidd telling him that an able-bodied man like himself should be ashamed of having been the guest of his Majesty for such a large proportion of his life.

Presentation – Mr. A. Bell, who for the past four years has acted in the capacity of Commissionaire at Messrs. Blackstone’s works, and who is leaving, has been presented with a case of pipes and a tobacco pouch as a mark of esteem by his fellow-employees.

Out-of-Door Missionary Effort – In aid of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society, a garden party was held on July 7th in the grounds of Coun. H. Deer’s residence in Emlyn-street, and the success which attended the function was encouraging. A good attendance was present, most congenial weather conditions prevailing. An ice-cream stall was under the supervision of Mrs. Cutting, a sweet stall was managed by Mrs. King, while a vegetable and flower stall was in charge of Mrs. Hendy. In addition, there was a bran tub, managed by Miss N. Scholes and Miss Hensman, as well as a button hole stall under the direction of Miss Crowson. The afternoon meeting was presided over by the Mayoress (Mrs. Cliff) and Miss Horwood (of Ikaddu) gave an address. A missionary dialogue, in costume, was conducted by Mrs. Ireland, Miss Woodward, Miss Davis and Miss E. Scholes. About 100 sat down to tea, at which the tray-holders were Mrs. Hart, Mrs. Perry, Mrs.Would, Mrs. Starsmore, Mrs. W. Deer, Mrs. G. Hinson, Mrs. Kirby, Miss Brand, and Mrs. Hensman. Mrs.Willis (Peterborough) presided over the evening service, when a dialogue, arranged by Miss Pinner, evoked considerable enthusiasm. About £17 will be allocated to the Women’s Auxiliary.


Voters’ Lists – The new lists are being published this week, and will be in force for six months from October 15, during which period will occur the County Council, Urban Council, and Guardians’ elections.

Early Oats – A sample of new black winter oats, grown by Mr. C. A. Holmes, of Carlby was shown by that gentleman at Bourne market on Thursday week.

Congregational Sunday School – the anniversary services were held on Sunday and Monday. The schoolroom had been tastefully decorated. The Rev. R. M. Stanley, of Lincoln, preached Sunday morning and evening, and addressed the children in the afternoon. Mr. B. Webb, who had undertaken the musical training of the children, conducted the singing. Assisting in the musical portions of the services was a small orchestra – Mrs. Webb (piano), Mrs. Hammett (violin), Mr. Leeson (clarionette), Mr. A. W. Swift (‘cello), and Mr. H. Goy (organ). Collections for school funds reached £21 10s. The scholars had their treat on Monday, when the Well Head field was kindly lent for their amusements by Mr. H. Watts.

150 years ago

We understand that counsel’s opinion has been taken by the Rev. William Browne, Catholic priest, in the matter of the bill-posting prosecution, and that it has been determined to submit a case for the opinion of the Court of Queen’s Bench. The subject was mentioned at the petty sessions on Saturday last, and it was hinted that the Magistrates will take no part in the suit, but allow the appeal to be heard unopposed. Some surprise was expressed that such a trifling case should lead to the employment of counsel, as the Bench were unanimous in saying that if a conviction had been obtained the utmost the defendant would have been fined was sixpence!

A meeting of the Town Council of Stamford is summoned for to-morrow “To determine upon an address to be presented by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the borough of Stamford to the Most Hon. The Marquis of Exeter upon his eldest son attaining his majority; to make and sign an order for the payment of the sum of £200 and interest due to the executors of the late Rev. H. Spooner, in respect of a mortgage upon the Improvement rates, such mortgage having in due form been ballotted for.”

Stamford Union – There were again very few applicants for relief at the Board meeting on Wednesday last, and the master’s and relieving officer’s returns showed a continued decrease of pauperism. The number of men, women, and children in the Union-house was 125, being 68 less than in the corresponding week of last year. The diminuation is principally in the children’s class – 41 against 89, a difference of 48. The cost of out-relief for the week was £93 4s.0½d., or 10s. 4d. more than in the corresponding week of last year.

Bourne United Provident Association – the 34th anniversary of this society took part on Wednesday last. There are 112 members, 60 of whom (accompanied by the Bourn Rifle Corps band) went in procession to church, where the Rev. Jos. Dodsworth preached an appropriate sermon. The members afterwards partook of an excellent dinner in the large room at the Angel Hotel. It appears from the published statement that at the commencement of the year there was a balance in hand of £1698 6s.7½d.; the receipts during the past year amounted to £179 13s. 10d., and payments of £144 10s. 9d.; leaving the balance, the property of the society, £1733 9s. 8½d.

The annual treat to the children of the Bourne National-schools is announced to take place in the Abbey Grounds on the 21st inst., and is to terminate with a display of fireworks.

Uppingham – In this sub-district 51 births have been registered during the quarter ended 30th June last, which is about the usual average. The deaths amounted to 21, which is somewhat below the average number, and consisted principally of aged people. The district is free from small-pox, fever, measles,&c., and no death from those causes has taken place in the quarter.

At the County Court at Uppingham on Tuesday last, before Mr. Serjeant Miller, Robt. Dowsing, of Uppingham, obtained a verdict for £10 against Mr. Crowther, the master of the Uppingham National school, he having, as is stated, some time since struck his son (who was one of his scholars) on the head with his fist, from which he was ill and under medical treatment for some time, and a considerable doctor’s bill incurred.

200 years ago

The day of the Coronation of King George the Fourth (Thursday next) is to be observed in this borough by a procession similar to that of last year on his Majesty’s Accession, and by a general illumination at night.

Stamford Charity for Married Lying-In Women, and Madras School for Girls.

Every subscriber of one guinea is entitled to two tickets of recommendation in the year, and may have two girls in the school; and every subscriber of half-a-guinea is entitled to one recommendation, and to have one child in the school.

Donations and Subscriptions will be thankfully received by the under-named Ladies forming the Committee.

Mrs. Amphlett, Miss Arnold, Miss Atley, Miss Barnes, Mrs. Booth, Miss Booth, Mrs. Butt, Mrs. Clay, Miss C. Hurst, Miss Tryon, Mrs. Wayet, Mrs. Wingfield.

Annual Subscriptions are now due.

July 12, 1821,

St. Mary’s-street, Stamford, July 3, 1821.

Martha Shepheard, Grocer & Tea-dealer, returns her grateful acknowledgements to her friends for the liberal support she has experienced in the above business, and begs to inform them, that she has declined the same in favor of Mr. Edis Spencer, her assistant, whom she confidently recommends as deserving their support.

Edis Spencer, having commenced the above business, begs leave most respectfully to solicit the patronage and support of the friends of Mrs. Shepheard, and the public in general, trusting that, by selling the best articles at small profits, he shall merit a continuance of their favors. An Apprentice wanted: apply (if by letter) post paid.

N.B. All persons indebted to, or having any accounts against, Mrs.Shepheard, are requested to pay or forward the same to E. Spencer.

l The Commissioners in a Commission of Bankrupt bearing date the eleventh day of September, 1820, awarded and issued forth against George Axe, late of Stamford, in the county of Lincoln, draper, dealer and chapman, intend to meet on the 27th day of August next, at Eleven of the clock in the forenoon at the Crown Inn in Stamford aforesaid, in order to make a First and Final Dividend of the estate and effects of the said bankrupt; when and where the creditors who have not already proved their debts, are to come prepared to prove the same, or they will be excluded the benefit of the said dividend, and all claims not then proved will be disallowed. By order

Wm. Redifer, Solicitor to the said Commission.

To be Sold by Private Contract,

All that Stone-built Messuage, with a new-built Barn, Stable, and other Out0buildings, Garden and Homestead, containing Half an Acre (more or less), in the town of Glinton, now in the occupation of James Luff, tenant at will.

To treat for the purchase apply to Mr. Scott, or to Mr. Gates, solicitor, Peterborough.

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