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JD Wetherspoon lodges fresh plan for its North Street pub in Bourne to include larger beer garden

PUB chain JD Wetherspoon has lodged fresh plans for its delayed £2.5m project in Bourne that include a larger beer garden.

The move will create 45 jobs and forms part of the company’s national strategy to target smaller towns and cities that have seen a decline in investment.

It ...

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John Brooks and Laura Croft, who both work at Waitrose and Partners in Stamford, write books

Two supermarket staff have each penned a book.

Stamford Waitrose and Partners staff, John Brooks and Laura Croft, shared their experiences of getting a book published together while working at the supermarket in West Street.

John, 64, who is originally from Essex but has lived in ...

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London’s burning... Fetch the engines! Bourne Elsea Park CE Primary Academy go back to the 17th Century

History was brought to life in a blaze of wigs, waistcoats and water as Year 2 at Bourne Elsea Park CE Primary Academy were transported back to the 17th Century with a visit from Partake History.

Our new topic sprang to life as we were joined by Samuel Pepys who read us excerpts from his ...

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Michael Haygarth releases new book call From the Cold War to the War on Terror that follows his journey from RAF armourer to bomb disposal

A new book charters an RAF veteran’s career from starting out as a teenage armourer to commanding a team of bomb disposal experts in wars.

Michael Haygarth, who has lived in Helpston for 20 years, wrote From the Cold War to the War on Terror.

The book, which was released in ...

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The Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley's Santa Fun Run 2019 raises a record £16,000

An event in Stamford which attracted 1533 runners has resulted in thousands of pounds being donated to good causes.

The Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley organised the Santa Fun Run at Burghley Park in December.

It was hugely popular, attracting more participants than ever before, and ...

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Council tax in South Kesteven could rise by three per cent

South Kesteven District Council is proposing a council tax precept increase of three per cent for 2020/21.

The move would see the authority raise its share of the overall council tax bill by £5 for a band D property, which would take the bill from £158.62 to £163.62.

The ...

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Thieves stole chicken from Marks and Spencer in Stamford

A shoplifter made off with a medium-sized Marks and Spencer 'Oakham' chicken at just before 3pm today (Sunday, January 26).

They snatched the bird - which has a £3.50 price tag - from a fridge in the Stamford Simply Food store before running off down St George's Street where a getaway car ...

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Winston is this week's Three Counties Dog Rescue dog of the week

Hiya folks.

You might remember seeing me recently but astonishingly no one came forward to take on a distinctive and handsome lad like me.

Just to remind you I came to Three Counties because my previous owner was moving and couldn’t take me with her.

Apart from being handsome ...

yesterday 14:20 open_in_new
Looking back over the years with our Mercury Memories

10 years ago

A supermarket giant has shelved plans for a store in Stamford after encountering legal problems.

Sainsbury’s had hoped to open a new store in the premises occupied by Focus DIY on the Markham Retail Park, off Ryhall Road in Stamford.

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Stamford singer Chloe Lorentzen will perform at Stamford Arts Centre on January 31

A teenager will be performing new material at her gig in Stamford next weekend.

Chloe Lorentzen released her debut album My Time in the Autumn and will include some of its tracks alongside her new music.

The 14-year-old has written her own songs since she was seven and is looking ...

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No buyer yet but 'a lot of interest' in £10m Barnsdale Hall Hotel, say estate agents Knight Frank

An estate agency handling the sale of a luxury hotel close to Rutland Water has said it is attracting ‘a lot of interest’.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel, which includes 31 lodges and 18 apartments, was placed on the market in September last year with a £10m price tag.

A spokesman for ...

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Prison officer left injured after riot at Stocken Prison in Rutland

A prison officer has been injured during a seven-hour riot at HMP Stocken.

Violence erupted at about 5pm on Saturday (January 18) in one wing of the category C prison in Stretton.

During the disturbance an officer was attacked from behind by a prisoner wielding a pool ball in a sock, ...

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Two grant schemes to be reduced to save South Kesteven District Council money

Two council community grant schemes are set to be reduced as part of cost-saving measures.

South Kesteven District Council has proposed plans to cut the amount given to good causes and community projects through its ward member grants scheme and community fund.

The ward member grants ...

2020-01-25 20:23 open_in_new
Ken Topaz, of Belmesthorpe, recalls ejecting from the plane he was flying in at RAF Watton in MAy 1966

10.44am on Tuesday, May 3, 1966.A time that Ken Topaz will never forget for all the wrong reasons because it was at that exact moment he ejected from an English Electric Canberra Bomber plane at RAF Watton.

With the flames and smoke of the burning aircraft in front of him, the first thing ...

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Lead stolen from the roof of St Andrew's Church in Pickworth, near Folkingham

Lead has been stolen from the roof of a village church - and could cost more than £50,000 to repair and restore.

The theft of lead from the roof of St Andrew’s Church in Pickworth, north of Folkingham, on January 9, is the third such crime in the area in the last two months.

Lead ...

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St Luke's Church at Tixover in Rutland has reopened for services after a grant from the Mick George Community Fund allowed it to be restored

St Luke’s Church at Tixover has reopened for services following refurbishment.

Restoration of the roof, windows, stone and plaster was funded by a £97,000 grant from landfill operator Mick George Ltd, through its community fund, and carried out by Messenger Construction of ...

2020-01-25 16:11 open_in_new
JJ Mac of Bourne do the earthworks for 1917 starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Colin Firth

A firm from Bourne has provided the groundworks for a multi-Oscar nominated film.

JJ Mac dug the trenches and tunnels used in 1917, a First World War film starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Colin Firth, which has been nominated for 10 Oscars.

JJ Mac partner and director, Pat Furlong, ...

2020-01-25 14:05 open_in_new
The Glebe Singers celebrate their 20th anniversary

A choir has celebrated 20 years of entertaining people from all over the area.

The Glebe Singers, who are based in Market Deeping, marked their anniversary year with performances at places including Burghley House at Twilight, St John’s Church in Barnack and the Peterborough Music ...

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Alexandra Property Group reveals plans to move Switchserve family business onto Essendine Hotel site

The owners of the demolished Essendine Hotel site have revealed their plans for a new business development.

Alexandra Property Group, based in Bourne, secured planning permission from Rutland County Council on Wednesday, January 15.

The company also runs family business Switchserve ...

2020-01-25 10:56 open_in_new
Lincolnshire County Council vows to investigate cause of 'dangerous' nine-metre puddle in Bourne

It may look like a bit of fun but one Bourne trader says his decision to place garden ornaments next to a huge roadside puddle is gnome joke.

Lee Black, who runs Mod ‘n’ Ink in Market Place, fears the mini pond on nearby South Street will cause an accident because it is blocking people ...

2020-01-25 08:50 open_in_new
Car and van crash at Newstead Lane corner of in Uffington Road in Stamford

Uffington Road in Stamford is blocked tonight (Friday, January 24) due to a crash at the Newstead Lane corner.

The crash involved a grey estate car, which remained on the road, and a large white van or minibus which went through a wooden fence into a field.

Police and emergency ...

2020-01-24 20:14 open_in_new