Looking Back - Grantham over the past 100 years

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A look through the Journal archives at some of the stories making the headlines over the past century...

10 Years Ago

+ Grantham police were to leave their “inadequate” Stonebridge House headquarters and move to a new building either in another part of town or on the same site.

+ Skaters and BMX bikers looked set to get their own facility in Wyndham Park.

+ Grantham Saturday League was in danger of folding due to a shortage of referees. Refs were turning their back on local football because of abuse from players.

25 Years Ago

+ South Lincolnshire Community Health Council announced that Grantham Hospital was the ideal place for mothers to give birth following the closure of Newark’s maternity unit.

+ Aveling Barford made 109 employees redundant with executive director Ronald Niemann announcing: “I’m one of them.”

+ Grantham Town was set for a £1.5 million stadium move to the Meres after problems were ironed out.

50 Years Ago

+ Letters of congratulation poured in after after Grantham MP, J. B. Godber, took over from the disgraced John Profumo as Minister of State for War.

+ 11 objections were lodged against plans to use Stonebridge Close paddock as a site for Grantham’s Quincentenary Year swimming pool.

+ Ancaster Football Club voted to allow players from outside of the village to play for the club.

100 Years Ago

+ A meeting was held where it was unanimously agreed that Grantham was in need of a public library. However, a petition of 2,000 names would need to be garnered.

+ A labourer called James Tinsley died when he fell into the River Witham at Claypole whilst mowing the grass on the riverbank. The Journal reported Mr Tinsley had suffered epileptic fits for years.

+ Great Gonerby narrowly defeated Barrowby by a single run.