16/05/08 - Long Bennington dinner took place in 'Tin Tabernacle'

THIS dinner of Long Bennington and District British Legion was probably taken between the wars.

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It took place in the old 'Tin Tabernacle', demolished in the 1990s.

The secretary is George Sentence and his wife was vice-chairman of the benevolent fund.

Does anyone have further information?

Contact Neil Graham on 01476 541431 or e-mail neil.graham@granthamjournal.co.uk

Times were still hard for families in mid-'50s

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THIS photograph of National Boys' School pupils, in 1955 or 1956, shows an array of clothing fashions and some have clearly seen a great deal of use and were probably hand-me-downs.

Times were still difficult even though the last remnants of rationing had ended two years before.

At the time, the boys and girls had separate schools at the Castlegate premises.

The picture was sent in by Jim Smith, of Croft Drive, Grantham.

Pupils are, from left, back – Rodney Millar, Richard Hunt, ?, John Birch, Eric Duggan, Colin Gibson, David Woods, and Dennis Szwed; middle – Tommy Williamson, Ian Coaten, Alan Evans, Miss Runcey, Stephen Wells, Stuart Younger and Arthur White; front – Keith Wormall, Geoff Quanborough, Robert Storey, Jim Smith, ?, Harry Ward, and Edward Holt. Photo: 6378K

Policeman identified

YVONNE Gibbins, of Grantley Street, Grantham, called in to say the police officer in last week's Memory Lane (May 9) was her great-grandfather, PC William Bond.

Yvonne thinks the photo was taken around 1885 because she has another photo of Grantham Borough Police from that time. The photo was taken by J. H. Miller, of George Street.

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Memory Lane call Neil Graham on 01476 541431 or

e-mail neil.graham@granthamjournal.co.uk, or bring it into our reception on High Street.

10 Years Ago

GRANTHAM Town FC manager Gary Mills quit just a week after leading his side to a Dr Martens League title because budget cuts meant dismantling the side.

* Bus company boss Joe Simmons suggested setting up a park and ride scheme for drivers who would leave their cars at the new Meres leisure centre and catch a bus into town.

* Swimmers at the new leisure centre said the sudden slope of the adjustable pool floor to a depth of two metres was unnerving.

* Seventeen-year-old table tennis star Dawn Charlton was selected for the England Under-18s team to play in the home international championships in Perth, Scotland.

* For the second time within a month emergency admission patients had to be ferried to other hospitals as Grantham Hospital had run out of beds.

25 Years Ago

BOTTESFORD Parish Council asked British Rail to clean up the village railway station which neighbours regarded as an eyesore.

* Rosalind Runcie, wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury, gave a piano recital at Stoke Rochford Hall to raise

money for the Grantham committee of the British Heart Foundation.

* Lady Sarah McCorquodale presented the prizes at the 21st Music Festival finale concert

in Finkin Street Methodist Church.

* More than 1,000 homes in Barrowby and Great Gonerby were without water when a mains burst and flooded electric pumps in the Barrowby booster station.

* More than 60 people and two dogs did a 10-mile sponsored walk from Wyndham Park in pouring rain to raise 1,000 for St Barnabas Hospice.

50 Years Ago

GRANTHAM Town lost centre forward Jimmy Rayner, who signed for Peterborough United, and skipper Dick Conroy, and released former top scorer Mick Bosnell at the end of the season.

* Brewers Mowbray & Co said it was closing the Horse and Jockey on High Street, the Sun Inn on Brownlow Street, the Cross Keys, New Street, and the Blue Harbour at Cold Harbour, bringing town pub closures to 11 in the year.

* Lord Brownlow returned to Belton House from Jamaica to find firemen fighting a blaze in the roof timbers of the 200-year-old Belmount Tower.

* The newly-formed Denton Drama Group put on its first production – Lord Richard in the Pantry – in the village hall.

* Sharing top billing at a Granada stage show were popular singer Marion Ryan and comedian Jimmy Wheeler, supported by the Chas McDevitt skiffle group.

100 Years Ago

THE cattle inspector for Kesteven County Council said there had only been one case of anthrax reported in the previous quarter.

* After having their new pavilion opened by Mrs Reeve, Leadenham Cricket Club were soon back in it having been dismissed by Caythorpe for just 18 runs, seven players failing to score.

* Grantham youths George Cocking, Fred Baxter and Harry Wright were each fined 2s 6d (12p) for shooting with catapults "with intent to cause injury to property at Belton" and told they deserved a "good thrashing".

* Thousands lined town centre streets for the third annual

parade of trade turnouts, with the 1 15s (1.75) premier prize being awarded to a pair of heavy horses, harness and vehicle owned by R. Hornsby and

Son.