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* Sleaford Amateurs Reserves dropped their first point of the season when they drew with Fulbeck United 2-2 in the Culverthorpe League. Fulbeck had taken a break from the competition for several years to play in the Ruskington and Lincoln Leagues.

* Firemen were considerably handicapped by a shortage of water when tackling a fire in Leasingham. There was a lack of hydrants meaning they pumped two wells dry and then switched to a farmyard pond.

* Murdoch’s of London were giving a great exhibition of pianos and radios at the Exchange Hall in Sleaford Market Place. There was an amazing selection of instruments including the Spencer pianos, world famous for their beautiful tone, priced from 42 guineas.

* Officers from the German Air Force Mission were on a tour of airports and RAF equipment when they visited RAF Cranwell to inspect the college, its aircraft, hangars and training regime. They also inspected the RAF’s five latest bombers at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk.


The Standard’s photographer was there for the first wedding held in Sleaford’s Spiritualist Church, after it recently became licensed for weddings. The church opened seven years ago and its president Wilfrid Dixon was getting married to Evelyn Green of Waddington.

* Radio and TV licence dodgers were warned a new detector car would be touring the area with large aerial and over £1,000 in equipment.

* The ballroom at Rauceby Hospital was packed for the annual prize giving. Medical superintendent Dr H A Cole said the hospital now had its adolescent unit and would soon have a school to educate young patients. They were also undergoing a programme of upgrading all the wards.

* Sleaford Urban District Councillors were calling on the Government to speed up construction of the A17 bypass to relieve traffic congestion on Southgate

* Ashby Hall Country Club would be hosting a grand dance to the Dennis Woodin Trio with firework display and bonfire with barbecue buffet.


* T W Kemptons clothing factory in Sleaford was taking on 25 new staff to handle extra orders for High Street shops, bring teh workforce to over 200.

* A new home for the elderly had opened in Billinghay. York House on Waterside was owned by Terry and Paulette Barker who lived on the premises and would take residents and convalescent patients. So far they had three and had room for at least another six.

* Firemen spent hours pumping out gardens in Grantham Road, Sleaford after heavy rain storms caused flooding. The storm had swept the south-east of the country but left Lincolnshire relatively unscathed.

* Heckington and Ruskington were set to expand with new housing development outlined by NKDC planners. It meant Heckington could get another 320 homes north of Sleaford Road and 50 south of the High Street, raising its population to 2,000, while Ruskington would get 250 houses south of Rectory Road, 160 off Westcliffe Road and 50 houses east of the playing field.