Review of 2014: March

Barry Singyard of Heckington, descendent of William Singyard who died in the First World War. EMN-141223-105523001
Barry Singyard of Heckington, descendent of William Singyard who died in the First World War. EMN-141223-105523001

Toads in their hundreds were being spared an untimely death from passing traffic thanks to volunteers helping them to cross a road near Sleaford to reach their ancestral breeding grounds.

○ A young Judo star, named in memory of his Commonwealth Games medal-winning uncle, had become a champion in his own right.

March 19 2014 EMN-141223-105512001

March 19 2014 EMN-141223-105512001

Stephen Cooper, 12, from Nocton, was crowned British champion for his age and weight bracket at the British School Championships.

His uncle had died shortly before he was due to compete at the 1988 Seoul Olympics after being involved in a collision on his bike.

○ The identity of an unknown First World War soldier had been confirmed thanks to DNA supplied by a Heckington man.

Pt William Alfred Singyard, the second cousin twice removed of Barry Singyard, of Mayflower Drive, was one of 15 unidentified casualties found in France in 2009.

○ Outline planning permission for 1,450 new homes to the south of Sleaford was awarded by North Kesteven District Council.