Around Town: What’s been happening in Grantham

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Here’s a look at the news from some of Grantham’s groups and clubs.

GATHERING

Classic Car Club

On Wednesday the club will meet at Harlaxton Sports and Social Club from 5.30pm for its ‘Gathering of Classics’.

The monthly noggin and natter meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 28 in the social club at 8pm.

For further details on the club’s activities contact Mike Whiston (Tel: 870043).

Talk

Aviation Society

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 27 at Great Gonerby Social Club, 7.30pm for 8pm start.

The talk this month will be presented by Jim Shortland, on the subject The Dams Raid. His talk will cover most aspects of the raid itself, from the input of Barnes Wallis, to Guy Gibson, who led the raid as CO of 617 Squadron. It will include some rare archive videos, some of which have never been seen before.

Charity night

Hospice

On Monday, September 9, Gervase Phinn, author and ex school inspector, described as “Peter Kay meets James Herriott - master storytelling with impeccable comic timing at its heart” will be appearing at the Guildhall Arts Centre at 7.3pm.

Tickets are £16.50, available from the box office on 406158/www.guildhallartscentre.com or contact the hospice’s fundraising department on 513542/591010.The evening will also include a book stall and signing plus raffle. Proceeds will go to the £1 in the Pot Appeal.

Meeting

Royal British Legion

The local branch will meet on Tuesday in the WOs and Sgts Mess at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks at 7.30pm. Guest speaker is county chairman, Colin Goodwin. Members are asked to contribute to the buffet. New members are welcome, contact John (Tel: 870918) for further details.

Family fun

Children’s Centre

Swingbridge Children’s Centre in Grantham, is holding a Family Fun Day on Tuesday where all of the events and activities will be free and open to everyone.

There will be art and crafts and messy play, face-painting, badge-making and a sensory tent plus visits by the Fire Brigade and the Police.

The activities are suitable for children of all ages from tots through to youngsters 9/10 years of age.

In addition to the family day, there will be themed activity sessions at both of the Grantham centres, including pirates and princesses, the circus, the seaside and the creepy crawly roadshow.

For further information contact the Swingbridge centre on 590034.

Information day

Mencap

Local people with a learning disability, and their families, are invited to go along to a pop-in information coffee shop on Tuesday, August 20 at Unit 13 (next to Pizza Express), The George Centre, High Street, from 10am to 2pm. The event is to mark Mencap Learning Disability Week 2013 and has been organised by Grantham and District Mencap.

Those attending will have the chance to meet others with learning disabilities and carers, relax, and enjoy a free drink and cake. The aim of the event is for families to discover what support and leisure facilities are avaialable within the local area and how to get involved in activities.

To find out more, contact Julie Doughty at julie.doughty@granthammencap.co.uk or call The Cree Centre (Tel: 566050).

Support groups

Alzheimer’s Society

The society runs several local support groups each month which include: Lunch group, for people with dementia and their carers, Thursday, August 15, noon to 2pm, Greyfriars Community Centre, Union Street (also held on the third Thursday of every month); Carer support group, for carers of people with dementia, Friday, August 30, 2pm to 4pm in the community centre (also held on the last Friday of every month); Drop-in information stand, every Saturday, 10am to noon, The George shopping centre, High Street.