Grantham Journal Review of the Year: January

A snowy January.
A snowy January.
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A recurring theme of 2013 emerged in the very first week after the Journal was inundated with complaints about potholes in the streets and roads in and around Grantham. One reader described it as like playing a game of “Pothole Pinball.”

Ian Weatherstone, chairman of Harrowby United Football Club, became the new owner of Harrowby Social Club in Dickens Road, reaching a deal with creditors. He said he did it to keep the football club on its successful path. Meanwhile, Grantham Town kicked-off the New Year with their biggest win of the season – a 4-0 home victory over Eastwood Town.

Despite the Grantham Area Action Plan being condemned as being “unfit for purpose” by a planning inspector and then withdrawn, Ian Yates, strategic director of growth and development at South Kesteven District Council said the expansion plans for the town were still on course.

Two thousand cannabis plants, with a street value of £1.2m, were found in a police raid on two large sheds in Spring Gardens, off London Road, Grantham.

The £12m project to transform Priory Ruskin Academy began. The new buildings include a main entrance and art gallery and four teaching blocks.

Consultant radiologist Dr Ian Rothwell came to Grantham to be the first person to finish the world’s hottest curry, The Widdower, at Bindi Indian restaurant.

Karl Hick, managing director of Larkfleet Homes, said he could solve the district council’s growth issues “overnight” if his company was allowed to build 1,000 homes at Manthorpe.

Mary Walker of Harlaxton, is believed to be the oldest person regularly playing bowls at the age of 99. She plays at Grantham Indoor Bowls Club several times a week and is club president. She said: “I love the game.”

Campaign group SOS Grantham Hospital launched a petition to oppose plans to close the maternity unit at Grantham Hospital.

Residents in Allington were fed-up with the restricted and difficult access to and from their village caused by roadworks in Gonerby Lane.

Grantham Town FC mourned the death of former (goalkeeper and outfield) player and manager Alan ‘Benny’ O’Meara at the age of 54, he still played in midfield for Barrowby Vets.

A father criticised the courts after a man who threatened to rape his 11-year-old daughter in the street was given a conditional discharge, which means he will receive no punishment if he does not commit any offences within the next year.

Snow fell in the third and fourth weeks of the month, turning the area into a winter wonderland. However, many schools were closed and refuse collections were held over for a fortnight and it was pointed out that the weather would make the potholes situation even worse…