Around Town: Clubs share their news

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A peek at what clubs in Grantham have been up to.


Bridge Club

Last week’s winners were Terry Measures and Denis Manton on Monday, and Rebecca Ronan and Judy Hulland and Charu and Sobhag Shah on Tuesday.

Previous week’s winners were Tracey Bridges-Webb and John Nolan and Rebecca and John Ronan on Monday, and Rebecca Ronan and Judy Hulland and Eileen Cooper and Terry Hyde on Tuesday.

The club meets at the Sports Pavilion, Barrowby on Monday and Tuesday with play starting at 7.15pm. Anyone interested in playing should contact Irene Pacey (Tel: 01949 843138).



Last Thursday, 14 walkers enjoyed a walk starting from the swimming pool car park in Sleaford. The walk followed the River Slea to Evedon, where they saw lots of wildlife along the way.

After a short break they continued towards Kirkby la Thorpe, passing fields of alpacas, and turned off the road at The Spinneys to head straight back to Sleaford through the fields.

The group’s next walk is on Sunday, starting in Castle Bytham at 10am, and will cover eight miles. Everyone is welcome to join the ramblers on this walk and should take a packed lunch and wear suitable clothing/footwear for countryside walking and weather.

For more details ring 01476 561684.

Open meeting

St John’s Fellowship

At the June meeting members enjoyed a visit to Ropsley Church, followed by a meal at The Fox and Hounds public house at Old Somerby.

On Tuesday, July 9 at 7.30pm, there will be an open meeting, when the speaker will talk about Support Dogs for the Disabled. Everyone is welcome to attend.

There is no meeting in August.

£100 raised

Mayor loses weight

Former Mayor of Grantham Ian Stokes has raised an additional £100 for his chosen charities by shedding weight. At his mayor-making ceremony in May last year, Coun Stokes invited guesses on how much weight he would lose in 12 months. Some 50 people guessed, with Pat and Ginny Dixon from Barrowby correctly stating 5kg. They received a bottle of wine and box of chocolates.

Disability event

Sports for adults

A special event is being organised in Grantham for adults with learning disabilities from across the county.

Sue Harris, a swimming coach at The Meres Leisure Centre, is holding a fun sports day on Friday, July 26, between 10am and 3pm.

Already, over 100 adults are attending, with Grantham MP Nick Boles, a supporter of Sue’s work to provide activities for disabled adults, as special guest.

Various sporting organisations will be taking part, including Lincoln City Football Club, Lincolnshire County Cricket and English Netball. Other organisations joing in the day include South Kesteven District Council and The Prince’s Trust.

In order to make the day a success, Sue is calling for help from the community to put on a barbecue and drinks. Anyone that can help is asked to e-mail Sue on

Independents say

Survey due Monday

A shop owner is taking to the street on Monday in an attempt to find out what people in town think about independent retailers.

David Charles, of Grantham Computer Centre, will be undertaking a small survey. He will be at the Isaac Newton Centre, his wife, Julie, on the High Street near NatWest and Josh Shield near The Goose. They will be wearing white T-shirts with Support Local Business on the front and back.

“My idea is the gauge people’s views on shopping with local indepdent retailers rather than big chains or supermarkets,” he said. “And to find out how to get more support for independents.”