Villages cut off by deep snow


THIS week, we roll back the years to 1947, when a copy of the Market Rasen Mail would have cost you 1½d.

The year started on a snowy note, with many Wolds villages cut off for two to six weeks.

On February 22, The Mail reported villages were slowly reappearing on the map, with communication restored on almost all major roads, though travellers were warned to take care.

In villages - such as Kirmond le Mire, Stainton le Vale, Binbrook and Rothwell - the tractor had replaced the motor car to bring the shopping home, but any serious risk of Caistor or Market Rasen running short of food, food officers told the Mail, was now past.

However, the main Caistor to Horncastle road still had drifts of 10 to 20 feet, covering hedges and, in some areas, reaching the top of telegraph poles.

Other news from 65 years ago:

l During the year, £255 was raised for Owersby Parish Church renovation scheme.

But more would be needed as the roof needed attention, the interior decorated and new spouting.

The church clock should strike the hours, but had been out of action for 30 years.

l Market Rasen’s first German girl bride was settling well into local life.

Hannelore Halpenny, 19, told the Mail: “I could only speak about two words of English when I cam here, but Market Rasen people have been very good to me.”

l An inquest heard a tragic accident occurred near RAF Binbrook when a Grimsby greengrocer was making his deliveries. The delivery van had been left on an incline and as the driver was returning he saw it begin to roll downhill.

He tried to hold it up by pushing from the rear, but was carried downhill and badly crushed between the van and a garage at the foot of the incline.

l West Rasen WI celebrated its second birthday, where president Mrs Capp welcomed guests.

The WI movement was making greater progress in the Rasen area than any other in North Lincolnshire.