Review of 2013: March

A sponsored silence, red clothes and a rosey-nosed robot was all part of Binbrook School's Red Nose Day antics
A sponsored silence, red clothes and a rosey-nosed robot was all part of Binbrook School's Red Nose Day antics
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After months of wintry weather, the spring sunshine was finally out - and so were the crowds at MR BIG’s ‘mad March market’.

Hundreds of visitors flocked to the town to enjoy the bustling award-winning market and see the culmination of the month-long Plank festival. Among the many unique stalls, there was even the chance to learn circus skills.

A judge at Lincoln Crown Court branded a young Rasen mum as “stupid” after she went on a £15,000 burglary spree with her boyfriend.

The court was told how King Street residents Charlotte Hall, 21, and James Parker, 24, targeted dozens of houses in and around Lincoln in December 2012. Hall got a 12-month suspended prison sentence and Parker went to jail for two years.

Staff and students at Caistor Yarborough Academy were relieved to find out Ofsted inspectors no longer considered their school ‘inadequate’.

Headteacher Jeremy Newnham had disputed inspectors’ conclusions in a damning Ofsted report in 2012, nevertheless he vowed to take action to improve standards. When inspectors returned, they were impressed with the changes.

World Book Day is always a big event in this area - and 2013 was no different. Bookworms were in their element as they dressed up as their favourite literary characters.

Children from Market Rasen Primary School visited the town’s library for a special story-time and in Caistor some pupils hosted a ‘book swap’ while others took in their favourite childhood book to read and share with their peers.

And later this month there was another excuse for children to dress up - the 25th anniversary of Comic Relief. Hundreds of you donned red outfits, baked cakes and took part in fundraising activities including head shaving and busking.

Market Rasen De Aston School topped the board, raising an amazing £2,559.59 and smashing its £2,000 target.

New mum Tinita Burton spoke to the Rasen Mail about her struggle with postnatal depression and how it was to blame for an online scam she ran from her home in Syfer Close, Caistor. We interviewed the 22-year-old after she admitted scamming £4,502 from at least 19 victims across the country who thought they were buying items such as iPhones from her Facebook shop.