28/03/08 - Girls' school is now the college's nursery

SHEILA Osborn (nee Pacey), of Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir, has sent in this photograph of pupils of the Girls' Central School in 1948.

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The school was between Castlegate and Agnes Street and is now a nursery for Grantham College.

Headteacher Miss Nina Hewitt had only just taken over from the school's first headteacher Miss Jabbet.

The girls are, from left, back row – Lilian Smart, Shirley Towning, Evelyne Balderson, Sheila Pacey, Pearl Diment, Pat Calvert, Pat Porter, Jackie Adams, Betty Burnett, Hazel ? and Dorothy Atkinson; second row – Janet Wright, Doreen Burke, Janet Smith, ?, Margaret Hand, Ann Nicholls, Sheila Ellis, Kathleen Warrener, Rosanne Kirton, Rosalind Fisby and Janet DeBank; third row – Brenda Dixon, Janet Wright, Joyce Cantrell, Iris Carman, Miss Johnson, Miss Hewitt, Mrs Burke, Elaine Killingsworth, Shirley Henson and Pauline Ballaam; front row – Brenda Bennett, Meryl Taylor, Rosemary Warner, ?, and ?.

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Butchers' wives met the town's MP

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WIVES of Grantham butchers and their friends were photographed with Grantham Tory MP Joe Godber when they visited the Houses of Parliament in May, 1968.

It is indicative of just how many butchers shops still survived in town at the time.

Among the ladies are Daisy Burnett, Gladys Watchorn, Vera Pexton, Mrs Dodd, Mrs Charity, Mrs Wood, Mrs Cranfield, Ena Walker, Mrs Waudby, Mrs Parnham and Elsie Southwell.

The picture was brought in by Sue Redmile, of Vine Street, Grantham.

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10 Years Ago

JULIA Stevens, of Billingborough, was reunited with her children Zahed and Zaynab, six years after her husband fled with them to Iran.

* Pupils at the Central School, Grantham, had to be kept indoors after fumes drifting from a power station hung over the school for 40 minutes.

* Playleaders Sue Jones and Gill Noon, who ran after-school sessions at Gonerby Hill Foot School, became the first in the country to receive At Home With Play certificates.

* Parishioners at Eaton gathered for a religious feast to launch a campaign to raise 100,000 to restore St Denys's Church in the village.

* Figures released by the Audit Commission revealed South Kesteven District Council spent 76 on each of its residents the previous year, the lowest of the county's authorities.

25 Years Ago

THE Paragon cinema opened on St Catherine's Road with a special showing of the smash-hit movie E.T..

* Grantham marksman Barry Dagger, 45, who had won gold medals in the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships, received a Good Citizenship certificate from SKDC.

* A cake in the shape of a hymn book was the centrepiece of a party to mark Ralph Proctor's 50th year as a chorister at St Wulfram's Church.

* Former Grantham FC goalkeeper Graham Cox signed a two-year contract with top New Zealand club Wellington Diamonds United.

* Young BMX bikers at Barrowby, who two weeks before had been told to quit their track at Lowfields because it was over a gas main, were told they could carry on riding for the time being.

50 Years Ago

RECTOR of Skegness for 10 years, the Rev Graham Sansbury, accepted the offer to succeed Canon C. H. Leeke as vicar of St Wulfram's.

* Architect in charge of St Wulfram's Church Lawrence Bond said "drastic action" was needed to be taken to prevent visitors scratching their names into stonework.

* No fewer than 16,000 homes in Grantham suffered power cuts when an explosion in a substation at Boston blacked out much of South Lincolnshire.

* TV actress June Thorburn presented the prizes at the final of the Belvoir Hunt whist drive held at Belvoir Castle.

* Actor Bob Arnold, who played Tom Forrest in the BBC radio serial The Archers, ran an inter-school quiz at Finkin Street Methodist Church's Youth festival, the girls of St Wulfram's beating the boys of the Central.

100 Years Ago

THE Exchange Hall was "thronged by a numerous company of ladies and gentlemen" to see the annual gymnastics display of boys of the King's School.

* Members of St Peter's Hill Congregational Church discussed the proposed Licensing Bill before Parliament and suggested all children under the age of 16 should be excluded from pubs during opening hours.

* The Doric Lodge No 362 of Freemasons took a lease on Mr T. J. Hockley's builders yard and the adjoining house in London Road, and proposed to build a Masonic Lodge as it was outgrowing its premises in St Peter's Hill.

* The colours of the disbanded 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment were conveyed to St Wulfram's "with military pomp" to be consigned to the care of the church.