Grantham Journal review of the year: January

Green waste bin.
Green waste bin.
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The year began with Grantham MP Nick Boles – more of him later in this review – predicting: “2012 promises to be a very special year.”

Firefighters were kept busy with two fires in three weeks at chicken processing factory Moy Park, in Gonerby Road, though bosses said there was no link between them.

The Iron Lady.

The Iron Lady.

Meanwhile, ducks made money in Bottesford when the annual charity event, involving rubber versions floating down the River Devon, raised £1,100.

Christine Horrocks took over as principal at Walton High School, saying she had been “blown away” by the high standards in terms of learning, achievement, behaviour and positive attitude. She said she wanted to build on the success of a school that was “already outstanding.”

Defensive stalwart Chris Galvery returned to Grantham Town Football Club, who were top of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division One South.

Still on sport, Grantham Tennis Club was behind plans to build a new £3.5m indoor centre at Arnoldsfield Sports Ground.

Meanwhile, after newly declassified files from the National Archives were released, the feature firm ‘The Iron Lady’ about Grantham’s “first lady” Margaret Thatcher was released. The files revealed Mrs Thatcher’s frugal side, her views on the IRA and the Toxteth Riots. The film was an outstanding success, though did not feature her hometown extensively.

The Journal’s Local Business Accelerators scheme, which offered business support and advertising to new businesses, announced that Allington Manor was the inaugural winner, owner Leo Vincent calling it a: “once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Pheonix School PE teacher Darren Taxis was named the best in the country by Sky Sports at an event at Wembley Stadium. He said: “If a kid wants to try a sport, we try to make it happen for them.”

Meanwhile, at the King’s School, plans were announced to fix unsightly steel grills to the windows of the 1497 Church Street library, because the glass had been smashed so many times by vandals.

South Kesteven District Council’s plans to charge householders £25 a year from April to collect green waste…

…and The Great Bin Backlash began as the Journal was swamped with people claiming this “stealth tax” was aimed at “good citizens” and “victimisation of people with gardens” by angry readers, who filled two pages of the newspaper with their letters on the controversial subject.

There was an uncertain future over two town clothing outlets. Peacock and Bonmarche were under threat after their parent company went into administration.

A plan to organise an arts and science festival based on Sir Isaac Newton was revealed. SKDC leader Linda Neal told the Journal: “This will not be just any old festival” and promised when it took place in September it would attract national and international interest in, and to, Grantham and district.

Scaffolding appeared on St Wulfram’s spire after it was revealed cracks had appeared in the ancient stonework. A platform was installed at the bottom of the damaged area.