Here’s a look at what’s been happening in the villages around Grantham this week and events coming up.
** Evening of music, Ropsley
Ropsley Village Hall will host a concert starring Denis Gilleson on Friday, August 29.
In aid of the village church, music will span the decades from the ‘60s to the ‘80s, with some modern and folk pieces thrown in for good measure.
It starts at 8pm. Tickets are £10 and include supper, available from Kath Johnson on 01476 585360.
** Diesel theft, Osgodby
Families living in rural areas are urged to protect their fuel tanks to prevent thefts.
Police community support officer Stuart Bowden, who covers the rural area south of Grantham, issued a warning following a theft of diesel from a farm in Osgodby.
PCSO Bowden said: “Living and working in a rural community has many advantages, but a disadvantage can be the remoteness of our area. Regular checking of fuel tanks and outbuildings can deter the opportunist criminal and also speed up the reporting of any incidents that may occur.
“Please report suspicious behaviour or vehicles to the police by calling 101, especially if it occurs near to a visit from a fuel or oil supplier.”
** Car smashed, Skillington
Police are warning car owners to be vigilant after a car was broken into and valuables taken in Skillington on Monday night.
A metal bar was used to smash the rear window of a car parked on Buckminster Lane, Skillington, before a radio and a small amount of money was taken from inside.
It happened between late evening and the early hours.
If anyone has any information related to this call 101 quoting the incident number 74 of August 19.
Meanwhile police are warning people to ensure vehicles are locked and to remove or put out of sight any items that may be of interest to opportunist criminals.
** Horticultural, Bottesford
The Bottesford and District Gardens Association’s 37th annual horticultural show will take place on September 13, at the V.C. Hall, Belvoir Road, Bottesford.
The show is an open show and so entries are welcomed from the Belvoir Vale and villages and towns beyond.
The ‘Top Tray’ and ‘Top Vase’ awards, arranged by Garden News magazine and sponsored this year by D. T. Browns seeds and Mr Fothergills seeds respectively, are a feature of the show.
Show catalogues featuring all classes and entry times and rules are available from the Co op store in Queen Street, Bottesford, from 9.30 - 11.30 Sunday mornings, at the association’s garden shop on the Grantham Road by the skateboard park, or by downloading from the www. bottesford.org website
Children’s, photographic, culinary, and arts and crafts classes are also major features of the show with a children’s photographic competition for 10-15 year olds.
Entries are accepted from Friday, September 12, 7pm-8.30pm, and the following morning from 8.30am to 10.30am. The latest time for multiple entries is 10.15am.
Judging takes place from 10.30.am when the hall is closed to entrants and the public, reopening for viewing for viewing the entries and awards from 2.30pm.
At around 4pm prizes and cups will be presented by Councillor Mrs Pru Chandler and the raffle draw will take place.
After this is concluded exhibitors wishing to remove their products should clear them from the hall.
After an excellent event last year, organisers look forward to a repeat this time.
** Village events, Great Ponton
The next two dates for under-9s kids’ club is August 27 and September 3, 1pm-3pm. The over-9s remain on a Thursday, 6.30pm-8pm.
The fun charity Irish horse racing tonight (Friday) is at 8pm. Children are welcome, entry is free.
There will be a scarecrow-making competition, details at kids’ club.
The dog show this year is on September 14, details available through Anne Happs on 530840
A new diet and weightloss class will begin on Monday, September 15, at 10am.
** Annual show, Caythorpe
Caythorpe and District Garden Society’s 19th annual open show is on August 30 at the village hall. Entries including fruit, vegetables and flowers are from 8.30am-10.15am and cost 25p each. Judging is at 11.15am, and the show open to all from 2pm with entry by donation. Prize giving at 3.45pm and £100 cash draw at 4pm. Schedules available from Caythorpe Post Office, Spar Shop, Fish and Chip Shop, Belton Garden Centre and Leadenham Farm Shop.