AROUND TOWN: What’s been happening in Grantham

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Bitesize stories telling you what’s been going on around town.


Bridge Club

Last week’s winners were Eileen Cooper and Terry Hyde on Monday, and David Pimm and Martin Mellor and June Dixon and Stuart Ennals on Tuesday.

In the Leicestershire League, Division 1, Grantham A drew 6-6 with Loughborough A, and in Division 4, Grantham B lost 10-2 to Loughborough B.

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


Grantham Flower Arrangement Club

In September, club members were invited to arrange the flowers for the Gravity Fields Festival Dinner, held at Harlaxton Manor.

Club members and their guests enjoyed a celebration dinner as part of the club’s golden anniversary, which took place at The Priory Business and Conference Venue.

The club’s September flower arranging demonstration was held at Grantham Christian Fellowship Centre, when area demonstrator, Val Duke’s theme was historical “naughty ladies”.

A practical flower arranging workshop of traditional and modern arrangements took place at the beginning of October with tutor Jen Bottomley.

At the next meeting area demonstrator, Elizabeth Bishop, will show how to create arrangements on the theme, Bring Me Sunshine, at Grantham Christian Fellowship Centre, 7.30pm. Visitor admission is £5.

For further details on the club and its current programme, e-mail or (Tel: 563139).

Annual meeting

Ladies Probus Club

The club held its annual meeting and luncheon at Belton Park Golf Club, attended by 37 members.

The committee for the new year 2012/13 will be: President - Ann Parsons, vice-president - Jenny Watson, junior vice-president - Jennifer Evans, secretary - Sue Whiting, minutes secretary - Angela McGown, attendance secretary - Pauline Hudson, programme secretary - Sheila Holland, other committee members - Jan Cronin and Jess Nix.

Next meeting is on Tuesday, November 13, when the speaker will be David Templeman with a talk entitled Lady Arabella Stuart - the queen who never was.

Any retired business or professional ladies interested in joining the club should contact the secretary, Sue Whiting (Tel: 565307).


Grantham Music Club

The club’s opening concert took place on Wednesday, October 3, given by Lincolnshire-born pianist, Richard Markham. His dazzling performance included works by Haydn, Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin.

Next concert is on Wednesday, November 7, in the hall of the Priory Ruskin Academy, starting at 7.30pm, given by Nivel Hinson (clarinet) with Nadia Hinson (piano). This will be preceded by the annual meeting at 6.45pm.

Tickets are available from the Guildhall Arts Centre box office (Tel: 406158) or at the door, priced £12 non-members (£10 concessions), students free. Alternatively, book online: or contact the club secretary (Tel: 01400 250372).


Photographic Society

Professional nature photographer, Gianpiero Ferrari, will be this week’s speaker.

The society meet in The Town and County Club, St Peter’s Hill, on Tuesdays at 7.30pm, between September and April. Entrance is through the rear car park.

For further details contact Joanna Mitchell (Tel: 07977 597452).

Cake decoration

St John’s Fellowship

At the September meeting there was a short communion service, followed by a pot-luck supper.

In October the annual meeting was well attended and the committee was re-elected. Speakers and events were planned for the forthcoming year and arrangements were finalised for the Teas for Disability Lincs on Monday, October 22. Christmas menus and venues were discussed.

Items for the tombola stall on December 1, in aid of St John’s Church, will be collected at the next meeting.

The next meeting is an Open Meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at 7.30pm. There will be a practical session on cake decoration for Christmas. Members are invited to bring and share their favourite seasonal recipes.


Wildlife Conservation

At the recent meeting of the Grantham group, the speaker was the ranger of Grimsthorpe Park, Chris Howes. His enthusiasm for his job was revealed during his talk, when he explained he had been in charge of the conservation areas at Grimsthorpe for 14 years, with some considerable success. There has been an increase of scarce butterflies, including the Duke of Burgundy, and flowers such as the early Gentian, and Grimsthorpe is the only place in the county where they can be seen.

Next meeting is at Barkston and Syston Village Hall on Friday, November 9, when the topic is The Birds of the West Indies.


Concert raises £8k

A charity concert at St Wulfram’s Church on Saturday raised £8,383.

Around 470 people attended the concert, in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. They were treated to an excellent evening of music by The Band of the Irish Guards, local musician Major Dennis Hannant and Grantham Choral Society.

Charity chairman Neil McCorquodale heaped praise on the performers, calling the choral society “fantastic” and Dennis “wonderful”. He added: “The people of Grantham turned out in force and gave us excellent support and we are very grateful to everyone who came to the concert. I hoped they enjoyed it.”

An aim of the event was to mark a spectacular year, from the Jubilee to the Olympics.