Grantham Journal Review of the Year: August

Ashleigh and Pudsey at Vets4Pets, London Road. 386D
Ashleigh and Pudsey at Vets4Pets, London Road. 386D
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Two brothers were charged with murder following the death of a Grantham man “with a heart of gold” Daniel (Danny) Walsh.

Mr Walsh was reportedly on his way home to Trent Road from Harrowby Social Club when he was assaulted in Edinburgh Road. Brothers Ben Croft, 24, and Sam Croft, 21, were charged with his murder two days later.

The area where the death occurred attracted many floral tributes and the Journal received hundreds of tributes to ‘Walshy’ on its Facebook page. A memorial football match at The Environcom Stadium raised more than £2,500 for Danny’s children.

Grantham Hospital was to be home to a unique £1.2m “Hospice within a hospital” facility. Independent charity St Barnabas Hospice would have six beds in a ward at the hospital for near-death people who need an in-patient environment and access to medical care.

The news came in the same week a major fire happened in the boiler room at the hospital, though no patients were in danger.

Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey (the dog) performed at the opening of the Vets4Pets practice in London Road, Grantham.

County highways boss Councillor Richard Davies called for free parking in Grantham in his column in the Journal…just as our Dozy Parker campaign, to highlight inconsiderate or illegal parking around the town, began in earnest.

Former Grantham man Tom Grosset became the world’s fastest drummer after he hit 1,208 beats in a minute at an event in Nashville, Tennessee, beating the previous record by five beats to earn his place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Grantham Town officially announced its new sponsor – Northgate Vehicle Hire, who based at Gonerby Moor. Town chairman Peter Railton said the company “had been a pleasure to deal with” and the feeling around the club was “absolutely fantastic.”

Cyclists who rode from London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital to Grantham in an event organised by Mark Angeloni raised more than £20,000 for local causes through the Naomi Fund, in memory of Naomi Fardell, who died 11 years ago.

Closer to home, cyclists took to the streets to ride 100 miles each and raise £4,000 to support 4,000 meals for people reliant on Grantham Foodbank.

David Charles, owner of Grantham Computer Centre, launched the Grantham Independent Retailers Association to help businesses network, share ideas and generally promote the town.

Major roadworks in Springfield Road, expected to take nine weeks to complete, would have to be extended after contractors found a rogue BT cabling around a gas main.

Fish and chip shop Wellies, sited on that road, was named one of the top 50 in the country.