Grantham Journal review of the year: November

Wayne Hallcro says he and Grantham Town co-boss Jimmy Albans felt constrained by financial budget. Photo: Kev Marshall
Wayne Hallcro says he and Grantham Town co-boss Jimmy Albans felt constrained by financial budget. Photo: Kev Marshall
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The month began tragically with the news that 12-year-old King’s School pupil Pierre Barnes had died while on holiday with his family on an island off the coast of France.

Pierre went missing not long after the family arrived on the island of Porquerolles and it is believed he was caught out by a fierce storm.

The county council's parking enforcement officers will begin dishing out tickets on Monday (Dec 3).

The county council's parking enforcement officers will begin dishing out tickets on Monday (Dec 3).

He was described by his family as a proud King’s School pupil who had a “wicked sense of humour” that brought joy to the whole family.

The area also lost one of its most famous and well-liked individuals with the death of Ancaster resident Nora Hardwick just shy of her 107th birthday.

Nora received international attention when she appeared as a “calendar girl” for a fund-raising venture and ended up appearing on the Jay Leno chat show in the USA.

However, she was already a hugely popular figure in her home village where she was at the heart of village life for decades.

News that the ambulance station in Grantham was earmarked for closure was met with dismay in some quarters.

An action group was set up to fight the plans called Last GASP which would receive the backing of thousands of people in the area.

South Kesteven District Council’s ambitious plans to build 5,529 new homes between now and 2026 were thrown into turmoil with the release of damning findings by planning inspector Roland Punshon.

More bad news for health services arrived in November with NHS Lincolnshire revealing proposals to close Grantham’s Maternity Unit.

The authority’s consultation on the plans does not end until January but no other options are being considered for the unit.

Christmas in Grantham got off to a bad start when vandals targetted Gertie Garner’s decorations in Belton Lane.

CCTV captured footage of a vandal stealing a Santa Claus from Gertie’s garden before heaving it into the road.

Maybe the county’s new Police and Crime Commissioner could restore law and order.

Former television journalist Alan Hardwick - an independent candidate - was voted in as Lincolnshire’s new commissioner and promised to secure more funding for our county’s police force.

Grantham’s MP and Planning Minister Nick Boles announced controversial plans increase the amount of developed land in the country from nine per cent to 12 per cent.

Mr Boles said: “If people want to have housing for their kids they’ve got to accept that we’ve got to build on some open land.”

In sport, Grantham Town were finding life difficult in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League after a very encouraging start.

November was to prove a tumultuous month for the club as first chairman Steve Boam stepped down followed at the end of the month by co-managers Jimmy Albans and Wayne Hallcro.