Shock at murder of 12-year-old

THE whole area was shocked by the murder of a 12-year-old Binbrook girl this week in 1959.

Janice Ann Holmes of Hall Farm Cottages was found dead the previous Tuesday in a spinney half a mile from her home.

She had gone missing after walking a friend to a neighbouring cottage 300 yards away at about 8.30pm in the evening.

When Janice failed to return home, a police search ensued and her body was discovered some hours later.

As the presses rolled this day 53 years ago, it was announced a farm hand had been charged with her murder.

Reports of this nature are, thankfully, rare in the Market Rasen Mail, but it was something that featured for many weeks in the editions of 1959.

Other news this week 53 years ago:

l A new cinema licence was granted to Market Rasen.

Mr C P Robinson secured the licence for the Waverley Hotel and planned to show films once a week.

The application came as a sequel to the Town Hall cinema at the end of May.

The town hall premises, on the corner of the Market Place, had been bought by Lincolnshire Co-operative for conversion to a modern store.

l Plans for a public phone kiosk in Swinhope were causing problems.

It had been announced at the beginning of the year the small Wolds village would receive the telephone box, but where to site it seemed to be a big issue.

Variations suggestions had been made, but either rejected by the council or the Post Office.

Consequently, four months on there was still no decision made.

l And finally ........

It was perhaps one of life’s little accidents that caused Miss Mary J Howsham to decide she would attend a series of mission services being held at the Old primitive Chapel in Market Rasen more than 50 years previously.

It was also perhaps an accident that John Pixley attended too.

But it was love at first sight and this week in 1959 the Middle Rasen couple celebrated their Golden Wedding.

They described the 50 years together packed with homely incident but assured our reporter the half century of marriage had been a happy one.