Milestones - November 10, 2011

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100 YEARS AGO

November 11, 1911

On Tuesday evening a fairly good company assembled in the Primitive Methodist Schoolroom, Epworth, when an entertainment was given, consisting of gramophone selections from the oratorio ‘Messiah’, military bands, sacred songs etc, interspersed with a reading and recitations, the following contributing: Messrs J Fox, T Dawson, R Yates and Rev A Proctor (chairman). Mr W Oliver of Belton kindly lent and manipulated the gramophone. The effort was most successful and enjoyable.

75 YEARS AGO

November 6, 1936

It is generally agreed that the one-act play today is badly neglected both by the commercial theatre and the amateur companies. Therefore the Lindsey Federation of Women’s Institutes may be congratulated on performing a signal service to the county by arranging a non-competitive drama festival with performances at four centres this week, namely Burgh-le-March, Haxey, Grimoldby and Barrow-on-Humber.

The chief object of the festival is to give assistance to the teams for the competitive festival which the Lindsey Federation is to hold next year. Haxey WI were fortunate in their village being chosen for the group meeting on Wednesday, also in having an adjudicator whose criticisms and comments were as helpful as were those of Mr Michael Watts of London.

50 YEARS AGO

November 10, 1961

The facilities which can be offered by one vehicle, operating from the Brigg centre of the Lindsey County Library, are almost exhausted now that two of the larger parishes of the Isle which so far have not had a mobile library service have been added to the itinerary. These are West Butterwick and Owston Ferry.

Starting on Monday next a monthly service will be available at both places. Both have had village centres; and although these were open once a week in each village, residents will gain by the monthly visit of the travelling service, for the van carries about 1,800 books, whereas not more than about 200 could be kept at the centres. Each member of a family will be allowed four books per month. Children’s books will not be available from the mobile library as the village schools carry stocks of juvenile reading.

25 YEARS AGO

November 7, 1986

Investigations are still continuing to determine the cause of the fire at Sandtoft Airfield which razed the Halifax bar and restaurant to the ground. Police are treating the incident as ‘suspicious’ while forensic scientists from the Home Office laboratory at Wetherby sift through the charred debris and other evidence collected at the site.

The alarm was raised by brothers Raymond and Richard Baker who were working a night shift across the road at Hebplastics. After the special police squad had finished sifting through the ashes, they managed to retrieve some badly damaged but still recognisable parts of the Halifax bomber which was recovered a few months ago. Phoenix-like the company has now risen from the ashes and all activities are operating as normal apart from night flying.