Grantham Journal review of the year: August

Bindhi Naan Challenge. 556C
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As students celebrated impressive A-level and GCSE results there was some less positive news for one Grantham school in August when it was announced that its promised rebuild was going to be delayed by an academic year.

The £13.5m Priory Ruskin Academy is set to provide state-of-the-art facilities for children attending the Rushcliffe Road school but planning issues between the school and residents meant the project suffered huge delays.

Brandon Smith, Max Everett, Rebecca Walker and Ellie Parkes from the Priory Ruskin Academy are disappointed that the planning for their Grantham school has been deferred for the third time.

Brandon Smith, Max Everett, Rebecca Walker and Ellie Parkes from the Priory Ruskin Academy are disappointed that the planning for their Grantham school has been deferred for the third time.

The original completion date for the academy was September 2013 but in August this was moved until June 2014. And even at the end of 2012 the first building work is yet to begin.

Cuts again hit the news with the East Midlands Ambulance Service announcement of proposals to close Grantham Ambulance Station. Under the plans, which will be finalised next year, 13 hubs are set to replace the county’s stations with the nearest to Grantham being in Sleaford.

Police patrols were also reduced in the town centre on Saturday nights with the aim of encouraging club and bar owners to take responsibility for customers and allow the police to focus on other crimes out of town.

Staying with the subject of licenses premises, Rob Leys, of Barrowby Gate, got in touch with the Journal after being charged over £640 for one transaction at High Street bar Infernos. He claimed he only bought two pints of lager, which was disputed by the owners at the time. The bar is now under new management.

Harrowby Road allotment holders also got a shock when they received an ultimatum from South Kesteven District Council to clear up their land or face a fine of £20,000 and possible imprisonment. Allotment holders, concerned over the threat of action, within 30 days, tried to clear up the mess caused by years of fly-tipping.

In lighter news Journal photographer Toby Roberts took on the Naan-lympic Challenge at restaurant Bindi.

It involved eating a 20 inch naan stuffed with chicken, lamb, Shish kebabs, salad and sauce, in ten minutes.

We are yet to hear of anyone completing the mammoth challenge.

Grantham mayor Ian Stokes married his bride Sarah Wilks in August and there were more celebrations when it became official that the Rotary Global Swimarathon, which was dreamt up by Granthamian Roger Graves, broke the world record for the biggest simultaneous swim in history. 4, 546 people from 64 locations worldwide took part in the epic fund-raising attempt.

In sport the football season started with Grantham Town facing Manchester’s FC United.

A massive crowd of 1,200 went to the Meres to see the match, which ended in a 4-2 defeat but the crowd became the news when fighting broke out after the 13th minute opening goal for the Gingerbreads.

Police officers quickly restored order and the club said it would learn lessons from the trouble.