Pages From The Past


l The Finance Committee of Sleaford Urban District Council heard that the town’s fire service was having difficulties driving the new Bedford chassis in and out of the fire station. They were asked if the door openings could be widened and details of the alterations needed would be passed to the surveyor to draw up plans for the council to consider.

l A Flying Officer from RAF Cranwell was fined £1 for driving without due care and attention after he reversed into a passing motorcyclist on Boston Road. He had been maneouvring in the middle of the road when the motorbike passed behind him.

l Lincolnshire people would be able to see some of the finest entertainment at the RAF Tattoo being held at RAF Cranwell stadium. There would be PT and gymnastics displays, illuminated flying, massed bands, comic items and torchlight parade.

l A meeting of the baths committee of Sleaford Urban District Council noted a complaint from police about the number of cars parked in New Street and Boston Road by people visiting the swimming baths. It was agreed to use the north side of the recreation ground as a temporary car park on Sunday afternoons and ask Lord Bristol whether they could rent part of the field occupied by J Moore.

l Sleaford Cricket Club got together a strong side for the groundsman’s benefit match with Newark. Eric Houghton brought along former Aston Villa player D Watkins (now with Reading) who just missed out on a century while Houghton scored freely too, declaring on 201 for 8.


l Evelyn Buick of Back Lane, Nocton became the mother of triplets and was faced with the problem of taking all three out for some fresh air. She was gifted a large pram by the wife of the managing director of Smith’s Crisps and Smith’s Potato Estates, Cyril Scott, after she visited the baby clinic in the village hall at Nocton.

l Carre’s Grammar School parents association were holding their annual cricket and tennis match against the school. It would be followed by a supper and dance.

l Sleaford’s Nag’s Head Hotel announced the forthcoming grand opening of its new ball room. There would be dancing to The Mapleleaf Trio with new electronic organ and proceeds going to the RNLI.

l A South Rauceby man was fined £3 for poaching by magistrates after admitting to police that he thought rabbits were classed as vermin. He was caught by a gamekeeper for Ireland’s Farms who had the sole shooting rights for the land.

l Silk Willoughby Church needed £1,000 to repair the tower after iron clamps used to strengthen it rusted and caused stonework to split. A fundraising garden fete was held where the fancy dress competition was won by the Bell brothers aged 6 and 3, as Henry Cooper and Cassius Clay.


l Allotment holders in Mareham Lane, Sleaford, feared they would lose thier plots and their community would be broken up if land owners Bristol Estates got their way and build a new housing development on the site. Bristol Estates had offered to extend the allotments at The Drove or create a new site near Sleaford Wood but tenants were against the move and were appealing for support from MP Douglas Hogg.

l Heckington’s newly revamped and extended primary school was officially opened by chairman of the county council Zena Scholey. The £238,000 extension and refurbishment meant the school was no longer on a split site, with new offices, staff room, practical areas, library and cloak rooms.

l Sleaford piano repair firm White and Sentance was celebrating its 120th anniversary, although they had also repaired, violins, ocarinas, gramophones and crystal sets. The firm was started in Grantham in 1867 by William White who was soon bought out by employee George Sentance. It still used traditional tools and techniques.

l Sleaford’s new library was expected to be open for business by the end of November after conversion of the former Bratley’s hardware store in Market Place.

l Sleaford’s population was predicted to rise from 9,800 to 15,000 by the year 2,000, according to the new town plan.