Pages From The Past


l RAF Cranwell would be playing their next match in the FA Amateur Cup against Notts Magdala Amateurs.

l Mr W G Coupland of Park View, Sleaford reported having grown some exceptionally tall hollycocks in his garden. The tallest was 14ft 7ins, two were 12ft and two 10ft.

l The farm and garden workers of the Rauceby estate were treated by Mrs Henderson to an outing to Skegness. They went by bus via Spilsby and enjoyed a fine day, returning via Boston where they stopped off briefly.

l A Belton man was called before Sleaford magistrates for allowing too much smoke to be emitted from his steam roller. He was fined 10s after police Sgt Cook said the smoke was so dense that it was impossible to see across the road.

l Ernest Hayes had been appointed the new station master for Sleaford having previously served as station master at Boston. He had worked on the railways for 40 years, starting as a clerk at Kings Cross, breaking off to serve in the army in the war then continuing at stations in the south east until his move to Lincolnshire.


l A Heckington lorry driver who was preparing to manoeuvre into a farm gateway with a load of pea silage, crashed into a dormobile and forced it into a ditch, Sleaford magistrates were told. The driver was fined £5 plus £12 4s costs for driving without due care and attention on the East Heckington to Sleaford road (now the A17).

l Out of the ashes of a fire which destroyed a Heckington gents hairdressing establishment in January the previous year, a brand new single storey building of modern design had been built on Church Street to house both a gents and a ladies hairdressing salons. Behind the cedar-boarded facade now worked Ivor Turner, the village hairdresser for eight years who also sold toiletries, tobacco, cigarettes, fishing tackle, cartridges and lighter guns. The ladies salon was run by Margaret Kime who had been in business in smaller premises in the same street for five years.

l East Kesteven Rural District Council’s chief public health inspector predicted that sooner or later the council would have to start doing a weekly service carrying out the refuse bins for all householders. Most bins were currently collected from the kerbside but it was becoming difficult to assess requests for carry out collections due to illness and disability.

l Scopwick House, owned by Mr and Mrs Eric Palmer of Blankney Estates since 1946, came under the spotlight. The large farmhouse was used as a hospital by the Red Cross in the First World War and then by the RAF in the Second.


l Wilsford villagers claimed someone would be killed if a bypass was not soon built around the village. They were fed up with the constant fear of heavy lorries and cars passing through the small part of the village and held a special meeting to discuss tactics before passing on concerns to the county council and MP Douglas Hogg.

l Eight-year-old football fan Christopher Frost of Sleaford had the treat of a lifetime when he joined his favourite team, Leeds United as a mascot at their Elland Road ground.

l A top level report into hygiene standards slammed Rauceby and Pilgrim Hospitals. Enviornmental health officers had disturbing findings, particularly in the kitchens, including evidence of smoking, inconsistent dish washing, staff without formal hygiene training, no hand washing facilities and nursing staff wearing the same uniform for serving food as attending to patients toileting needs.

l Former Sleaford Carre’s pupil Joe Bangay had become a top pop photographer and was bringing out a book of his work based on ITV’s network chart show, The Roxy. He revealed his experiences of Madonna, Sam Fox and Anita Dobson as well as photos of music and film stars of the day including The Christians, Curiosity Killed The Cat, Swing Out Sister, Michael Caine and Sean Connery.

l The King’s Head free house in Navenby was up for sale. The stone built 17th century coaching inn had two bars, a pool room, 30-seater restaurant and owner’s accommodation.