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   GRANTHAM & DISTRICT  
 NHW ASSOCIATION         


The Association has in excess of 300 Co-ordinators & 3500 Members spread over the 5 Neighbourhood Policing Beat areas. The association’s success & longevity is thanks to the  enthusiasm, hard work & loyalty of all its volunteers. Our associates are kept up to date via messaging & meetings. We attend several public events each year, manning a NHW stand to create awareness & recruit new Members.
Chair : Mrs Helen Bill
Email: billsbanter@live.co.uk
Phone 01476 861399.
Born & educated in Surrey I'm married to Steve & we have 2 children & 2 Grandchildren In between raising a family I've worked in Sales, Marketing & Management training. I live in Colsterworth - 7 miles south of Grantham and have Co-ordinated a NHW scheme in the village for the past 5 years. Colsterworth itself benefits greatly in having a strong NHW presence, has good relations with the local Policing team and this is replicated in many areas across the Grantham District.
As Chair of the Association I continue to work closely with the Policing teams across the whole of the Grantham District to build on the membership we have.

Grantham Story
Grantham is a market town within the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire. It bestrides the East Coast Main Line railway (London-Edinburgh), the historic A1 main north-south road, and the River Witham. Grantham is located approximately 26 miles south of the city of Lincoln and approximately 24 miles east of Nottingham. The town is best known as the birthplace of the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and the place where Isaac Newton went to school. Grantham produced the first running diesel engine in 1892 and the UK's first tractor in 1896.
Landmarks
The main local landmark is the parish church of St. Wulfram's, which has the sixth highest spire (282 ft) among English churches. Grantham house is to the East of the church and a National Trust property. The Angel & Royal Hotel is one of Britains oldest inn’s dating from about 1200.
The George Hotel nearby (known as St Peter's Place, now the George Shopping Centre) was mentioned in Charles Dickens's novel Nicholas Nickleby.
Some Notable People
Isaac Newton, Physicist and Mathematician
Margaret Thatcher, Politician
Beverley Allitt, Serial killer
Geoff Capes, Athlete
Nicholas Parsons, Television and radio presenter
Doris Stokes, Spiritualist and Medium
Richard Todd, Actor
Women's police force
Grantham is notable as being the first place in the world to recruit and train women police officers. Grantham was the first provincial force to ask the newly formed Women's Police Service to supply them with occasional policewomen, recognising them as particularly useful for dealing with women and juveniles. In 1915, Grantham magistrates swore in Mrs Edith Smith, making her the first proper policewoman in Britain with full powers of arrest.
(Edith Smith Way is the name of the road beside the guildhall arts centre on 'St Peter's Hill'; it is named after England's first policewoman)
Traditions
Many traditions have taken place over the years, many of which have been forgotten. There is the Grantham Parade and the Grantham Festival both of which take place every year. There used to be an annual pig drive through the centre of the town until 1962, when it was deemed too dangerous; this tradition dated back to 1755, when pig farmers from the area used to move pigs to greener pastures.
Gingerbread
The town is known for its Gingerbread biscuits. During the old coaching days Grantham was one of the stopping places of the Royal Mail Coach and while the horses were being changed at the George Hotel, passengers would stroll down the street and invariably purchase a supply of Grantham Whetstones, which were the first form of biscuits ever offered for sale. Then in 1740, a local tradesman, named William Egglestone, made an accidental discovery. In bygone days business premises were always closely shuttered and as part of Egglestone's business was that of a baker, he went into his shop one Sunday morning to procure the ingredients for making some cakes for his family's consumption but in the semi darkness of the shop, he mistook one ingredient for another and it was not until the cakes were baking that he discovered his mistake. The little cakes before being placed in the oven, were cut out with a wine glass and should have remained that size when baked, but instead of which they rose up and became nearly twice the size. Anyway he ventured to taste them, as also did members of his family and they were pronounced most excellent and of a very delicate flavour afterwards offering them for sale in his shop under the name of Grantham Gingerbreads. Their fame spread North and South of the Great North Road which soon spelt prosperity for Mr. Egglestone whose recipe was passed to his successors, the present day Catlins whose premises still occupy the original shop erected on High Street in 1560. (Granthams football team are also known as The Gingerbreads)
Education
Two notable schools in the district are Kesteven and Grantham Girls School and The King School, Grantham. Both have large sixth forms and eminent past students. Britain's first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, attended Kesteven and Grantham, and Isaac Newton famously attended The King's.
 
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