Grantham Journal Review of the Year: February

Isaac Newton School took part in the Swimarathon. 933C
Isaac Newton School took part in the Swimarathon. 933C
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Lincolnshire County Council criticised the decision by West Grantham Academies Trust to potentially close Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen.

Trust CEO Trudy Brothwell said the 230 pupils would have access to better education and learning opportunities by transferring to St Hugh’s, Grantham. The Trust put its plans out for consultation and county council leader Martin Hill commented: “Closing the school makes little sense because Grantham has Growth Point status. We expect to see an increase in school numbers.”

Coffee chain Costa was given permission to open in Bingham, despite a 1,000 name petition against the plan. Mayor Councillor Tracey Kerry said: “It’s a shame to lose a retail unit and put in another coffee shop. We want more retail businesses.”

Colonel David Kelly OBE, said his goodbyes as Commanding Officer of Prince William of Gloucester Barracks after three years. He had been posted to Germany with wife Christine.

The St Wulfram’s Church spire appeal received a £272,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, almost half the £600,000 needed to repair the crumbling monument.

Grantham Town FC announced plans for a Youth Development Centre, which will provide coaching and competitive matches for under 10s to under 18s and provide local talent for the club. Meanwhile, rivals Stamford signed Town skipper and striker Ben Saunders and the Gingerbreads slumped to their fifth straight league defeat.

KGGS sixth former Emily Challen was killed when a car carrying her and three other pupils collided with a lorry on the A1 at Long Bennington.

Trading Standards issued a warning that a well-known illegal “loan shark” had set up business in Grantham. Brian Hanbury of Grantham Foodbank warned: “It is vital people stay away from loan sharks. Underground lending can be very, very dangerous and will only bring more pain to an already painful situation. This needs to be eradicated in our town.”

A new convenience foods facility to be built at Moy Park will create 150 new jobs and safeguard 700 more at the 

Grantham was named as one of the best places to live and commute to London by the Sunday Times newspaper. The town was ranked 12th nationally after various factors, including the cost of a season ticket, travel time, schools performances and local house prices were taken into account by estate agents Savills.

South Kesteven District Council leader Linda Neal said: “This is hugely encouraging. Grantham is ideal for an escape to the country, yet has easy access to London, great schools, low cost housing and all the things that make a market town a great place to live.”

A record number of fund-raising swimmers took part in the 24th Grantham Rotary Swimarathon, raising more than £37,000. A total of 1,524 people took part in 254 teams.