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News from groups and organisations around Grantham.

Folk Singing, Arts Break

ARTS BREAK at ChristChurch on Finkin Street, Grantham on Thursday from 10.30am to 11.30am will be a requested return visit of Malcolm Fife, a talented singer and United Reformed Church Minister from Arnold, Nottinghamshire. His title is Folk Singing – Sacred and Secular. The charge is £3 for Church Funds, which includes coffee or tea. Everyone is welcome.

Living history, Wyndham Park

A First World War ‘Living History’ event will take place over two days in Wyndham Park, Grantham, next weekend. The event on August 20 and 21 will see demonstrations of weapon firing and kit. It will also feature exhibits provided by The Great War Society between 11 am and 4pm on both days on the playing field, plus infantry tents and military and historical equipment on show. This includes an officer’s ridge tent, field kitchen and hospital tent. The Machine Gun Corp Old Comrades’ Association will attend on both days and will answer questions on war memorabilia from those wishing to trace ancestors in the regiment. A display from Grantham Light Armoured Division Radio Control Tank Club and a tea tent serving afternoon teas will also feature with a craft fair taking place on the Saturday. The event is being organised by South Kesteven District Council and Wyndham Park Forum. A forum history display, children’s trails, quizzes and activities hosted by the Grantham Remembers Group and stalls by Rivercare and Grantham Canal Trust will complete the activities. A raffle will also be held at 3pm on the first day of the event. Forum secretary Elizabeth Bowskill said: “The programme of attractions on show should provide a great day out for families, individuals and military enthusiasts alike to bring alive the commemoration of The Great War.” SKDC’s venues and facilities manager Paul Stokes added: “We’re very pleased to host this event given how strong the park’s links are with Captain Wyndham, after whom it is named, and the role he played in World War One.” For more information visit www.wyndhamparkgrantham.co.uk

Eye tests, Opticians

Parents can use the long summer break to get their children’s eyes tested free of charge as a school holiday activity with a difference, a Grantham optician has advised. Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care, which has a branch on High Street, believes it’s time well spent as changes in children’s eyesight, unlike growing out of shoes and clothes, are not obvious. It has launched a ‘You Can’t See the Signs’ campaign to encourage parents to add eye tests to their children’s holiday ‘to do’ list while they are off school and have more time on their hands. Branch manager Samantha Parfitt said: “Being able to see properly is vital to a child’s learning and undiagnosed sight problems can be detrimental to a child’s achievement, behaviour and enjoyment of school. Even though most children get a basic check of their eyes in reception years at school, this doesn’t always check everything that’s covered in a full eye examination at an opticians. “The summer break is an opportunity to find time to book an eye test and as the NHS covers the cost, parents don’t need to pay. “We should see children regularly, and we urge parents to follow their optician’s advice and make appointments as recommended.” To help children and parents understand the process, Scrivens has created a child-friendly comic strip to demystify the procedure. To download a copy of the comic strip http://bit.ly/2atoNLa


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