Grantham Journal review of year: December

Santa Fun Run in Wyndham Park. 816C
Santa Fun Run in Wyndham Park. 816C

December began with Sue Harris being crowned Grantham’s Local Hero at the Journal’s 2012 Grantham is Great Awards.

Sue is aiming to use the Meres Leisure Centre to offer a form of preventative care for vulnerable adults.

Good results at Marston school. 857C

Good results at Marston school. 857C

Campaigners at SOS Grantham Hospital were fighting plans to close Grantham’s maternity unit and move the service elsewhere.

NHS Lincolnshire’s public consultation on their plans began November 21 and will run until February 20.

Dozens of fund-raisers donned their Santa outfits to raise money for the British Heart Foundation the Rotary Charity Foundation and St Wulfram’s Church.

More than £2,000 was raised and the race was won by British Army Ranger and Grantham Sunday League player Neil McClory.

Burglars who shut Grantham town centre down for hours by climbing on roofs in Westgate faced justice in December.

The gang were jailed for a total of 16 years for their failed raid which cost businesses in the area a combined £25,000-£30,000 in lost business. The judge told them: “You were caught red handed.”

A Bingham family were the subject of disgusting racist abuse. Insulting anti-Islamic slogans were daubed outside the family’s home. The father of the family described those responsible as “cowards”.

Shoppers popping in to The George Centre had a rare chance to be part of the Nativity scene. Grantham Churches Together put up a picture depicting the Natvity scene in the centre where people could poke their face through and have a photograph taken as if they were there with the Wise Men and the shepherds.

A shop assistant was threatened with a knife during a robbery.

The thief put a knife against the woman and told her to hand over the cash before fleeing the store.

The Marston Thorold School in Marston was named as one of the top primary schools in the country after children there achieved the best SATs results in Lincolnshire. One parent described the school as “amazing”.

We told the heart-warming story of Chloe Hollingsworth who, after battling cancer, was given the trip of a lifetime to go and visit Santa in Lapland.

Chloe’s dream trip came just months after being given the all-clear.

In sport, Ian Robinson and Gary Sucharewycz were named as Grantham Town’s new managers.