Grantham Journal Review of the Year: June

Happy pupils at The Charles Read School, which is staying open. 277D
Happy pupils at The Charles Read School, which is staying open. 277D
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Best news of the month was that Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen had been saved from closure.

Instead, the village school, which has 230 pupils who might have been transferred to Grantham’s St Hugh’s, would be sponsored by the David Ross Education Trust.

MP Nick Boles, who had campaigned for the school to stay open, said: “This cherished institution will be in the hands of one of the strongest academy groups in the country which specialises in small schools in rural area.”

Second best news of the month was that the Journal’s Christmas Cracker Appeal, to send terminally-ill children to Lapland to meet Santa Claus, had reached its £10,000 target with Witham Garage in Melton Mowbray raising £7,000 and more than £4,000 from Moy Park, which put on a charity auction and other events at the Black Dog, Westgate, with general manager Nigel Laing as auctioneer.

A spokesman for the company said: “It was a great night for a great cause.”

Worst news of the month was that Grantham Hospital’s maternity unit was to close, despite a petition signed by 7,696 people, meaning very few people in future could be called Grantham born and bred…unless they were delivered at home.

Allotments off Beacon Lane were to be turned into a site for 55 homes, a decision South Kesteven District Council development control committee member Helen Powell called: “Sheer madness.”

Grantham man Louis Maier appeared on television to show off his Margaret Thatcher and ice cream cone artwork and revealed his latest body artwork – a portrait of the presenter of the show and Radio One breakfast DJ Nick Grimshaw.

As part of the events celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Mallard’s 126mph world steam train record – set at Stoke Bank – it was announced the locomotive would be the centrepiece of a weekend in Grantham in September on its only outing from the National Railway Museum in York during the year.

Frank Turner became the new Mayor of Grantham, as successor to Ian Stokes. He said he wanted to bring the office of mayor to the people by supporting as many events as possible and “installing pride in the town in people from a young age so they can carry that on.” He was previously mayor in 2005.

A large crowd turned-out for the turf-cutting ceremony at the launch of work to build Grantham Tennis Club’s 
new £3.2m facility at Arnoldfield hosted by television presenter and former British number one Andrew Castle, a long-standing friend of the club.

Printing business W G Harrison celebrated 100 years in business.