Pages From The Past


l There were a number of injuries in Rauceby Hospital’s opening football match against Cranwell West Camp. The visitors had both their wingers hurt and Bembridge of Rauceby was so badly incapacitated that he had to go off, but Rauceby still managed a 3-5 win.

l In view of the growing popularity of table tennis, it was suggested a Sleaford and District league should be formed. First support for such a league following ETTA rules needed to be gauged and people were asked to contact Mr A Williamson of Eastgate, Sleaford before a meeting would be held.

l The elderly inmates of the county institution in Sleaford had their annual motor tour by Moore’s bus. They travelled through Swineshead and Hubbert’s Bridge to Chapel Hill, Tattershall, Woodhall Spa and Coningsby.

l Riverside Lawn Tennis Club was to hold a ‘flannel dance’ in The Mart, featuring music from the Musical Nibs Band. Flannels were optional.

l The Bishop of Grantham attended a meeting in Toller Hall, Billingborough to explain plans to build a Church of England senior school in Horbling to preserve religious education rather than see it lost if a local authority school was built. It would cater for up to 200 pupils serving surrounding villages of Horbling, Billingborough, Pointon, Swaton, Dowsby, Scredington, Osbournby, Newton, Pickworth, Folkingham and Aslackby costing around £8,000 partly paid by local parishes once land could be found.


l The Beehive Inn at Osbournby was forced to close after its elderly landlady for 37 years, Elsie Walker, fell ill and was taken to Grantham Hospital. It was unlikely she would ever serve another pint and the brewery took the decision to close the little pub on the main street for good.

l Granada TV cameras were at the larger than average farm machinery sale at Manor Field, Quarrington, being run by William H Brown. It was a late harvest creating keen demand for most of the lots as they filmed scenes for the programme Scene at Six Thirty, also visiting the old lock-up at Digby.

l MP for Sleaford and Grantham Joe Godber met with members of the town’s Urban District Council to see the notorious Boston Road for himself. It was claimed by residents that the unrestricted stretch of road was extremely dangerous to children.

l The results of Lincolnshire’s Best Kept Village Competition were announced. Sleaford came third in the small town section, Billinghay came 2nd in the 1,001-3,000 population category and Timberland won the 100-1,000 inhabitants section.

l A Government inspector would hold be holding a planning inquiry into an appeal by Mr J R Underwood against Sleaford UDC’s refusal to permit 24 Handley Street to be converted into a fish and chip shop. The 22-name petition by neighbours had been handed in along with two letters of objection to the alterations to the former weights and measures office.


l In a dramatic climbdown, North Kesteven District councillors agreed to renegotiate the agreement with Gateway in order to allow Interflora directors to park in the supermarket car park off Westbanks. The decision came after veiled threats from Interflora that they might pull their HQ out of town along with 100 jobs if they were refused a parking agreement.

l The House of Correction at Folkingham had been refitted by The Landmark Trust, ready for use as a holiday home. It had cost thousands to revamp the 19th century prison.

l Dog walkers were furious at the heavy handed attitude of volunteer wardens trying to protect the plant life in the Ancaster Valley Nature Reserve. A warden had been very rude to a party of ramblers from Sleaford parish church and other walkers said their enjoyment was being spoilt by being spied on with binoculars by mobile patrols who took names and addresses if dogs were not on leads.

l Officer worker Jackie Clarke from Leasingham was the president of the New Enterprise Star Trek Fan Club. Formed in 1980 it now had over 300 members from across the age range who tended to be the craziest fans of the series and films, receiving newsletters and doing charity work.

l A competition to carry a sack of potatoes the furthest was to be part of the harvest weekend at St Denys’ Church for the West Front appeal. The winner would get £25 and everyone else could guess the distance to win £10.