Pages from the Past


November 19

* A Silk Willoughby woman was ordered to pay compensation by Sleaford Magistrates for failing to keep her dangerous dog under control. A neighbour had found one of his chickens injured and then saw the dog seize another.

* A great peace meeting was to be held in The Mart, Sleaford, with the talk of war in Europe in the air. The speaker was to be Dr A E Garvie of London, an international peace advocate.

* Sleaford petty sessions court had an unusual visitor when a black cat stalked into the chamber and approached the bench. Two policemen on duty tried to catch it but it hid under the reporters’ table then made its escape through the main doors.

* Great Hale had an easy task in defeating Anwick 8-0. Anwick could only field 10 men at the start and had many minor injuries while Great Hale camped in the opposition’s half for much of the match.

* Collections for the poppy appeal in Sleaford and district were setting new records. The total raised to date for the year was £29 14s 6d.


November 22

* Ruby Andrews, 67, of Sycamore Drive, Sleaford, was recovering from cuts, bruises and shock after a lorry carrying lime ran into a bread van on Lincoln Road, shunting it across the verge, through a fence and into a tree, demolishing and belisha beacon and flinging Mrs Andrews to the ground on the way.

* A new, 60-bed old people’s home proposed for Mareham Lane could costs nearly £103,000. The home was being considered by Kesteven County Council and the figure included fittings, buying the site and staff accommodation.

* A Helpringham plumber had his case dismissed after being accused by a gamekeeper of killing a pheasant without a licence. He admitted eating the pheasant but claimed it had collided with his windscreen and he picked it up off the side of the road near Ewerby.

* The Kirkby La Thorpe ballast pit was being dredged and made fit to be restocked with fish for Sleaford Fishing Club after being offered its use by Lord Bristol. The club was even considering a small clubhouse.


November 19

* Kesteven and Sleaford Girls High School headmaster Neville McFarlane, speaking at the prize giving ceremony, said the council’s aborted plans to merge his school with Carre’s Grammar School would have been disastrous. It would have been in the interests of no-one.

* The Rev John Thorold of Sleaford was to be made Rural Dean of Lafford and Rev Hugh Theodosius of Billingborough was being made Rural Dean of Aveland by the Bishop of Grantham, while Canon Lawrence Blanchard of Ancaster would also take on the job of director of training for the Church Army as well as their existing jobs.

* Ruskington Parish Council had been advised to set up its own civic trust to preserve the heritage of the village before it was lost. This would include safeguarding photographic archives.

* An elderly man from Jubilee Grove was appealing for thieves to return a working model steam roller, called Mamod, which had been taken from his greenhouse and had great sentimental value.