Grantham Journal Review of the Year: May

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The month began with good news…the paddling pool at Wyndham Park was to be refurbished with a modern twist.

An £80,000 investment would give the facility a new life and the public would get to vote on the five designs under consideration.

The Reel cinema showed two special screenings of the epic war film The Dam Busters to mark the 70th anniversary of the raid, which happened on May 17, 1943 and had its headquarters at St Vincent’s (now a family home) in Grantham.

After managing to keep Grantham Town in the Northern Premier League, it was confirmed Ian Robinson and Gary Sucharewycz would be in charge at the Meres next season.

Only one in five people bothered to vote in the county council elections in some constituencies in and around Grantham, where 75 per cent of people didn’t vote and the UK Independence Party picked up 16 seats to become the opposition to the Conservatives, who had to strike a deal with the Lib Dems and independent councillors to remain in power. Those elected, including new councillor Linda Wootten said: “People are fed up with politics and politicians.”

In a recurring theme, Richard Davies, re-elected in Grantham North and destined to become head of highways, said: “Number one issue, first thing tomorrow morning, we’ve got to start getting these potholes fixed.”

Harrowby United FC continued their progress by signing a sponsorship deal with Environcom, one of the town’s largest employers. It meant the club’s Dicken Road ground would be renamed The Environcom Stadium.

Toot Hill School, Bingham, was given a £3m grant towards the building of a new teaching block, beating off competition from 2,158 rival bids for funding from the Department of Education’s £325m building fund.

Grantham councillor Ray Wootten resigned as chairman of the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel after being questioned by MPs on the Home Affairs Committee over his role in commissioner Alan Hardwick’s decision to suspend Chief Constable Neil Rhodes. The following week, Coun Wootten was voted in as chairman of the county council.

A Spire Cycle, organised by Simon Hopkins, raised £7,000 for the St Wulfram’s spire appeal and was set to become an annual event.

The Journal’s Christmas Cracker Appeal, to send terminally-ill children to meet Santa Claus in Lapland, had raised £1,000 thanks to staff at Lloyds TSB.

After criticism, Grantham Carnival Committee chairman Roy Wright revealed the annual event was running at a loss of £3,300 and called for more volunteers to come forward and help the event.