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10 years ago

Police have found 140 cannabis plants being grown in a house in Stamford.

Officers were called to the house in Drift Avenue at about 2pm on Monday after concerns were raised for the occupant’s safety.

25 years ago: October 4, 1996 – Nassington County Primary school pupils and parents start the sponsored walk
25 years ago: October 4, 1996 – Nassington County Primary school pupils and parents start the sponsored walk

Officers found the plants in an upstairs bedroom. Several other rooms had been converted into growing rooms but were not in use at the time.

The drug growers had bypassed the house’s electricity supply in a bid to avoid detection.

No-one was in the house, which is privately rented.

50 years ago: October 8, 1971 – Tinwell parish church was packed on Thursday evening for the first of the village’s harvest services, which was followed by the annual harvest supper held in the village hall. Pictured: Heping toserve supper are (left to right) Mrs L. Lane, Mr D. G. Willmer, Miss Claire Willmer, Mrs J. Campbell and Mrs R. Bass.
50 years ago: October 8, 1971 – Tinwell parish church was packed on Thursday evening for the first of the village’s harvest services, which was followed by the annual harvest supper held in the village hall. Pictured: Heping toserve supper are (left to right) Mrs L. Lane, Mr D. G. Willmer, Miss Claire Willmer, Mrs J. Campbell and Mrs R. Bass.

Police have made no arrests but said they do have a suspect and are still investigating.

“We are appealing for anyone with any information on who might be responsible for cultivating drugs to get in touch with us.”

A bus shelter has been stripped of its valuable Collyweston slate roof tiles.

The shelter near to the entrance of Second Drift, Wothorpe, is missing half of its tiles following the theft at the end of last week.

A villager realised they were missing from the back of the shelter on Friday morning and notified the parish council.

The police have since been informed and officers from Peterborough City Council are due to visit the shelter to assess the cost or repairing the roof.

Wothorpe parish councillor, John Lawrence said it was difficult to pinpoint exactly when the tiles were taken as there were several vehicles parked near the shelter last week while Second Drift was being resurfaced, blocking sight of it from the village.

He said: “Our best guess is that the tiles were taken sometime between late afternoon on Wednesday and early on Friday. It also looks like there are huge tyre tracks in the field behind it.”

More than 3,000 adults could lose their social care services under new cost-cutting measures.

Lincolnshire County Council has decided to raise the threshold at which elderly and disabled people qualify for certain care services.

The change is part of the council’s attempt to roll out the personal budget scheme, which lets users decide where to spend their publicly-funded care grant instead of the council providing care.

The council aims to save £2m with its latest proposals, which will mean those previously classed as in need of “moderate” care will no longer receive council support.

This applies to people who are unable to carry out several personal care tasks, such as getting out of bed, washing and feeding themselves.

But the council has promised to help the 3,096 people who could lose services to find replacement care.

Coun Graham Marsh, executive councillor for adult social care, said: “Nobody receiving services at the moment is just going to get chopped off. We will undertake that everyone receiving services will be directed towards help.

“We will help them access services from a different source.”

25 years ago

The future of Stamford Hospital could be safeguarded under a major shake-up of Lincolnshire healthcare revealed yesterday.

But some complex surgical work could be transferred to Peterborough as Lincolnshire health officials try to save £4.5 million.

The review could mean the reopening of a Stamford ward to deal with patients if Bourne Hospital is closed in 1998.

At a press conference Lincolnshire Health chief executive Brian Mayhew Smith said: “Today heralds the start of the public debate on our proposals. We want to hear from as many different groups and individuals as possible.

“We have made no secret of the fact that we are finding it hard to make ends meet. Demand is rising and budgets, while increasing each year, are not keeping pace.”

Changes planned for 1998 could mean closing Bourne Hospital but increasing out-patient and day surgery, general medicine and care for the elderly at Stamford Hospital.

A councillor walked out of a heated parish council meeting following a discussion about the clerk’s possible retirement.

The issue about the retirement of Deeping St James Parish Council clerk, Louis Jones, came up following a discussion over the possibility of setting up an official office for the council at its regular meeting place, the Institute, in Church Street.

After hearing that the initial starting cost for an office would be in excess of £3,000 plus around £1,000 each year in rent and bills, members agreed by 10 votes to four to defer a decision until an unspecified date.

The council then heard from Mr Jones about an agenda item - “to receive notice of the clerk’s impending retirement”.

Mr Jones said: “I wrote of the chairman, Mrs Doreen Monk, to inform her that if the council accepted the decision to rent and furnish an office, it would determine my notice from January 1, 1997.

“However, changes are due to take place in the way parish council’s run their finances and this will mean attending seminars. I am now prepared to carry on until at least the end of this financial year.”

After hearing that in the event of Mr Jones’ retirement he would assist the new clerk all he could, it was agreed to accept the clerk’s notice and the next business of the meeting was moved.

When Coun Judy Stevens then asked why, if the clerk had not actually stated when he would be retiring, the item had been put on the agenda, she was told by the chairman that no more discussion on the matter would be taking place.

Coun Stevens told the meeting:”If that is the case I see no point in me for the rest of the meeting.”

She then walked out.

Castle Bytham parish councillors are incensed that traffic signs were put up in the village conservation area without them being consulted.

Lincolnshire County Council highways department installed three signs at the junction of Water Lane and Glen Road after a request from a resident.

The authority says the signs were needed because of two road accidents at the spot in the last three years.

Two of the signs warn of oncoming traffic in the middle of the road, while the third is for a T-junction.

But the parish council says the signs are not needed – and they are upset that the county council went over their heads.

Chairman Yvonne Hamblin told the Mercury: “We do not want a lot of signs around Castle Bytham. If you take the view that the junction is a traffic hazard then you could do the same all over the village.”

50 years ago

New maintenance grants for low income families who want to keep their teenage children at school were approved by Kesteven Education Committee on Wednesday.

The allowances will take effect on April 1 next year, if approved by the County Council, it will be payable to parents of 15, 16 and 17-year-olds whose net income does not exceed £840.

Members decided that gross income should include:

  • Total earnings of husband and wife including overtime, bonuses and commission.
  • All unearned income from savings, investments and pensions from employment.
  • Unemployment, sickness and injury benefits, retirement and old age pensions, widows’ benefit, widowed mothers and family allowances and supplementary benefit payments.
  • Workmen’s compensation, disability and civilian injury pensions, disablement benefits, maternity allowances and the special allowances paid by the Department of Health to blind or tubercular persons.
  • Contributions made by partially dependent children.
  • Income from taking in lodgers or paying guests.

A Grantham architect is trying to raise £30,000 to save parts of the doomed eighteenth century parish church at Normanton.

The architect, Mr Lawrence H. Bond, told the Mercury: “It would be an act of sheer vandalism to destroy this superb piece of architecture and craftsmanship.

The beautiful Georgian church, a listed building under the planning acts, is due to be demolished when the giant Empingham reservoir is filled in about three years.

Mr. Bond, an authority on Georgian architecture, plans to have the church’s tower and portico moved brick by brick to higher land near Hambleton – two miles across the valley.

“The church would make an outstanding feature on the Hambleton peninsula when the reservoir is filled. It would add immensely to the beauty of the place,” he said.

At the moment I am trying to get conservation and preservation societies interested in the plan. Then I may try to raise some money locally.”

The church has stood isolated in Normanton Park since the demolition of Normanton House – the Rutland seat of the Earls of Ancaster – in 1925.

It stands on the site of a medieval church, which was pulled down in 1764 and replaced by Sir Gilbert Heathcote.

Property owners have again been asked by the Borough Council to take advantage of the provisions under the Stamford Town Scheme.

The scheme is a partnership between Kesteven County Council, the Borough Council and the Department of the Environment.

It gives financial assistance towards the maintenance of buildings of special architectural or historic interest in the conservation area of the town.

Town Planning Committee chairman, Ald A. L. Nicholas, told the Borough Council last week that a report by the county planning officer, on the scheme, indicated that applications were falling off.

“There are many buildings in the scheme which are in need of repair and I ask owners to take advantage of the grant.

100 years ago

Post Office “Smoker” - An enjoyable smoking concert was held at the Crown Hotel on Friday evening by the staff of the local post office. Mr. Leslie Whyte, of Skegness, was the pianist, and songs were rendered by Messrs. F. Laughton, A. Bottomley, A. Blake, T. C. Dixon, G. Smith and A. Jury. Mr. Whyte rendered a piano-forte solo “Memories” in fine style. Credit is due to Mr. W. L. Mitchell, the local secretary of the U.P.W. for arranging the proceedings, The chair was occupied by Mr J.
Brown.

Reduced Poor Rates – The poor rates signed for the various parishes at the police court on Saturday, showed an all-round reduction in comparision with those for the previous half-year. The amounts were as follows: St. Michael 3s. 10d. (reduction 4d.); St. George 3s. 6d. (6d.); All Saints 3s. 6d. (4d.); St Martin 3s. 10d. (4d); St. Mary 3s. 10d. (4d.); St. John 4s. (4d.).

Stamford Licenses Transferred – At Saturday’s sitting of the licensing justices, the licence of the Reindeer-inn was, upon the application of Mr. F. W. Kent, transferred from Mr. John Wm. Ringham to Mr. Harry Ringham, and on the application of Mr. W. Walmsley, that of the Pineapple-inn was transferred from Mr Arthur Ayton to Mr. Ernest Moorhouse.

Popular Bathing – The total admissions to the municipal baths, which closed on September 30th, are 28,330 during the season. For young people under 16, 10,012 tickets have been issued. Over 10 swimming certificates for distances varying from 33 yards to 1000 yards have been won by school children.

Burial Board – A meeting of the Stamford Burial Joint Committee was held on Tuesday evening, when Ald. A. Dobbs occupied the chair, and there were also present Ald. H. T. Daniels, Ald. R. March, Councillors A. S. Hollis, H. V. Blackstone and A. Underwood. Certain repairs necessary at the cemetery were ordered to be done. Conveyances for five grave spaces were signed and one inscription was approved. The interments for the quarter were reported as follows: Under 5 years, 7, as against 5 in the corresponding quarter of 1920; over 5 and under 16, 2 as compared with 1 during the similar period of last year, and adults 16, the same as in the quarter ending September, 1920, making a total of 25, an increase of 3 in comparision with twelve months
ago.

Presentations to Rector of St. John’s – The Rev. Walter Secker, the newly-appointed rector of St. John’s, is taking up the duties at that church shortly, and upon leaving Thornton Heath, where he has been curate of St. Paul’s church, was the recipient of several gifts from a large number of well-wishers. At a large gathering of parishioners at St. Paul’s-hall, a large oak bureau, a chiming clock, and a booklet containing the names of the subscribers were handed to him by the Vicar. Dr. P. Hamond (churchwarden), declared that he had never heard a single cross word about Mr. Secker all the time he had been in the parish. The rev. gentleman,extended a cordial invitation to his friends to visit him when they were in the
neighbourhood.

150 years ago

A meeting of the Stamford Burial Board was held on Monday evening last: present, Messrs. Fysh (chairman), Eddowes, Paradise, Bromhead, Michelson, Stapleton, and Healy, and the Revs. H. B. Browning and B. O. Bendall. The clerk read over the names of those members of the Board whose terms of office expire this month, and notices were ordered to be sent to the different parishes requesting them to call vestry meetings to fill up the vacancies. The number of burials during the quarter ending the 30th Sept. was 36, and in the corresponding quarter last year the number was 70; in 1869 there were 39 interments. Blake, the cemetery keeper, informed the Board that a portion of the dissenters’ plot of ground was of such a rocky nature that the stone would have to be removed before graves could be dug. The matter was referred to the Cemetery Committee, & the meeting broke up.

At the Stamford Union Board on Wednesday, at which 19 Guardians were present, Mrs. Rollinson was unanimously re-elected matron. The appointment of a schoolmaster was deferred for a week, only one candidate having appeared, and he being unaccustomed to regular tuition. A report from Messrs. Richardson and Son, accompanied by plans for the proposed alterations in the Union-house to meet the requirements of the Poor Law Board, was ordered to be considered in three weeks’ time. The estimate of the cost of the alterations and improved drainage is
£1570.

Several horn-books of the time of Charles II., with an equestrian portrait of that monarch on the reverse, have been found in the old premises in High-street, Stamford, lately used as the G. N. parcels-office. “The hornbook, once most familiar, but now known only as a piece of antiquity, and that rather obscurely,” says the Book of Days, “was the Primer of our ancestors – their established means of learning the elements of English literature. It consisted of a single leaf, containing on one side the alphabet large and small, with perhaps a small regiment of monosyllables, and a copy of the Lord’s Prayer; and this leaf was usually set in a frame of wood, with a slice of diaphanous horn in front – hence the name horn-book. Generally there was a handle to hold it by.”

One of those erratic individuals commonly known as “Jeremy Diddlers” visited Stamford on Wednesday evening the 27th ult., and favoured a widow in St. George’s with a call. He represented that he was a railway clerk just come to the town, and said he wanted lodgings. He was accordingly admitted to the house, and without further ceremony took up his quarters there. A little reflection seems to have awakened some suspicion in the mind of the landlady as to her new lodger’s truthfulness, and on making inquiries the next morning she became still more doubtful as to the correctness of his statements. She thereupon determined to seek the advice of the police, and went to the police station for that purpose, leaving the stranger in his bed-room; but on her return, accompanied by an officer, she found that her lodger had taken his departure, and could not be traced. He left a comb, a brush, and a book in his apartment. The description of the fellow exactly corresponded with that of a person who is wanted for a robbery at the house of Thos. Rose, of Mansfield. He is between 25 and 30 years of age, cross eyed, has dark hair and complexion, and no whiskers.

200 years ago

Yesterday Mr. Alderman Davis entered upon the office of Mayor of this borough for the ensuing year; on which occasion he gave an excellent entertainment to a large company at the town-hall.

On Wednesday the Royal South Lincoln Militia, under the command of Earl Brownlow, assembled in this town for twenty-one days’ training.

High-Street, Stamford,

R. Beecheno, Linen & Woollen Draper, &c. begs leave to inform his friends and the public, that his Shop will be Re-opened on Monday, October 8, with an entirely new stock of Goods, such as he trusts will meet with the approbation of his friends, and merit a continuance of those favors which hitherto they have conferred upon him. Oct, 4, 1821.

Good Family House to let.

To be Let, and entered upon at Lady-day next, or immediately, if required.

A Respectable Family House, fit for the immediate reception of a genteel family, pleasantly situated in the centre of the town of Oakham, and lately in the occupation of William Keal, Esq.

For terms, and to view, apply to the said William Keal; or to Samuel Parke, Esq. Leatherhead, Surrey.

To be Let, with immediate possession,

(With or without Four Acres of good Pasture Land, near the Town,)

A Substantial, comfortable, and convenient House, possessing every accommodation desirable for a genteel family, with suitable Stabling, Gig House, and a large Garden inclosed with walls and well planted with fruit-trees, situate in the centre of the pleasant and neat town of Falkingham, in the county of Lincoln.

For further particulars inquire personally (or by letter, post paid) of Mr. Blomfield, Falkingham.

September 22d, 1821.

Damsons are more abundant this season than have been known for many years; and in some places in this neighbourhood are selling so cheap, as scarcely to renumerate the vendor for the time spent in gathering and disposing of them: great quantities were sold in this market on Friday last at sixpence a peck.

On Tuesday the 25th ult. a poor woman of Rockingham, on her return from a baker’s, where she had been in apparent good health and spirits, fell down at the door of her house, and expired immediately.

Wanted, for a Youth 15 years of age, a Situation as Apprentice to any mechanical busness. He is a healthy boy, active, and industrious, and writes a good hand. Apply to Mr. Drury, bookseller, Stamford, if by letter, postage paid.

Wanted, Store Carp and Tench. For particulars enquire of Mr. Lumby, St. Martin’s, Stamford; if by letters, post paid.

Wanted, immediately, an Apprentice to the Grocery, Tallow Chandling, and Ironmongery businesses, &c. Apply (if by letter, post paid) to Jno. Gibson, Oakham.



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