Milestones

100 YEARS AGO

March 30, 1912

West Butterwick changes. In consequence of the sale of Sir Berkeley Sheffield’s estate, directly and indirectly, there will be 38 changes of householders on or before April 6 next. The first farmer to leave is Mr F Clayton, who returns to Belton. Mr Fred Brown removes from the cottage which he and his ancestors have occupied for generations to the west of the village.

75 YEARS AGO

March 26, 1937

Next Wednesday the Isle of Axholme Regional Water Scheme, which is to provide the towns and villages throughout the Isle of Axholme Rural area with piped water supply, will be officially opened. The first part of the ceremony will take place at the Water Tower at Haxey commencing at 2.15pm. The dedication will be performed by the Rev A Wilson Woodhouse MA, Vicar of Owston Ferry, a member of the Rural District Council. Lord Heneage, Chairman of the Lindsey County Council, will perform the opening ceremony. There will be a fire hydrant test at the Tower after which all guests of the Engineers and Contractors are invited to the memorial Hall, Haxey, for light refreshment.

50 YEARS AGO

March 30, 1962

It was reported at a meeting of the RDC Finance and General Purposes Committee last night that following the objection of Haxey Playing Field Association and Haxey Parish Council against a proposal to lay a sewer under the new playing field, it had been found possible to divert the sewer. The Surveyor, Mr G Edginton, said the extra cost would be about £400 but he thought it would be justified in the circumstances. He added that at some future time the diversion might be advantageous as it was conceivable that the sewer in its new position would serve fresh housing developments.

25 YEARS AGO

March 27, 1987

Angry Isle farmers have complained to the National Farmers’ Union head office about beef being imported from Botswana and sold in supermarkets at prices which seriously undercut British beef prices. At a time when the British beef farmer is facing a bleak future from rising costs and lower prices as a result of so-called over-production, Mr Graham Gilliatt describes the situation as ‘a great bureaucratic muddle’. Vice chairman of the Isle of Axholme NFU and himself a beef producer, he was incensed when he saw the Botswana beef on display in Hillards supermarket. “I can’t understand why, when people are starving in Botswana, they don’t keep their beef there to feed themselves. And the EEC, which arranged the imports, sends aid direct”. Mr Gilliatt understood that the beef was bought into the UK at 49p a pound and was sold at Hillards at £1.69 a pound. “This is nothing short of outright dumping,” he alleged. “It must be selling at £1 a pound less than UK or EEC beef.” Mr Gilliatt wondered under what sort of conditions the cattle was kept and slaughtered in the African country. A Scunthorpe butcher, Mr Philip Hebdige, said the cattle were allowed to scavenge for years, whereas most British beef came from 18-month-old bullocks.