HORSERACING facilities, a farm blaze and a church bus all featured in the pages of the Market Rasen Mail this week back in 1968.
Having been described earlier that year as “an example of what a small course can do to provide real entertainment value to the public” by Lord Wigg, chairman of the Horserace Betting Levy Board, Market Rasen Racecourse was to be upgraded.
Since Victor Lucas took over the course after the war, the number of meetings each season had increased – from two to 15 – and this new grading would mean prize money could now increase.
Other news from 42 years ago:
l Only weeks before Mr Forbes Henderson was due to give up his Lincolnshire farm for a new life in Australia, fire struck his yard at Bishop Norton.
The blaze destroyed 2,000 boxes of tulip bulbs, but did not spread to other areas.
l Villagers in the Claxby group of parishes were to lose their church bus.
The single-decker bus was used to take villagers to the eight different churches in the group, driven by a rota of men, including the rector, the Rev H G Webber.
Having made a loss of £89 in the last twelve months, it was decided the bus had to go.
l The Rev Webber was also on the look out for young boys and girls to learn to ring the changes at Claxby church.
Claxby was the only church in the group of eight to have five bells, but there weren’t enough ringers.
l Three houses in villages near Market Rasen were reported unfit for human habitation by the medical officer for health.
Notices were served on a detached cottage in Main Road, Kingerby, and two cottages in Kingsway, Tealby.
l Big plans were being made for the 1968 Feast Week – the first big effort towards raising the £20,000 needed for the proposed Festival Hall.
The event had been successfully resurrected the previous year – the first Feast Week since the First World War.
l Osgodby tennis players confirmed their position at the top of the North Kelsey League with consistently brilliant play.
Pictured top left are Mr R Pickering, Mrs R Pickering, Mr D Richards, Mrs N Wilmot, Mr Q Duke and Miss E Pickering.
l And finally......
Young people in North Owersby wanted to get a youth club started, but didn’t think much of the state of the only public meeting place - the church hall.
So they set to and raised the money needed for outside repairs to the timber building and redecorated inside.
And the members were doing the work themselves, with the help of rector the Rev R C Bell and two village craftsmen.
Future plans also included new toilets and a lean-to extension to provide a lounge for the girls to use while the boys played five-a-side football in the main room.