Plans for new buildings and features in Grantham’s Wyndham Park are set to go on display later this month.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and BIG Lottery Funded project will include plans for renovation of the old swimming pool ticket office, the creation of a community focused visitors’ centre, the relining and filling of the boating lake and new soft landscaping work.
All of the proposals will be on show at drop in events on Monday March 20 from 12pm to 4pm at the Isaac Newton Centre in Grantham and at Wyndham Park Bowls Club on Tuesday March 21 from 1pm to 6pm.
The park was awarded funding of £818,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund last July to restore it as a First World War memorial park and initial works are set to begin this September.
SKDC’s Executive Member Cllr Nick Craft said: “The plans are set to take Wyndham Park into a new era with facilities that befit its status as a flagship park for the district.
“Consultations over recent years have helped shape what park users young and old wish to see at the park. Come down to the sessions or take a look online from March 20 to see how new buildings and features are set to appear.”
An iconic Grantham sculpture has been refurbished and returned to its home in Wyndham Park close to the Kings School which was attended by Isaac Newton. The Isaac Apple was unveiled after months of restorative work.
A short ceremony saw the new sculpture welcomed back by the Mayor of Grantham Cllr Linda Wootten, Wyndham Park Forum, SKDC and members of local Grantham history groups. Nigel Sardeson who carved the sculpture in 2010 also attended and was praised for his careful restoration after fungal growth became evident earlier this year.
Aided by tree surgeons Jayne and Paul Bavin, the hand was cut off at the wrist in February and dried out and treated to prevent further decay.
Cllr Wootten said: “It is a focal point within Wyndham Park and it’s good to have it back for all to enjoy.”
Information about the Sensory Garden was also provided in a display at the event by Wyndham Park Forum secretary Elizabeth Bowskill.
She said: “There is no doubt that something has been missing from the park in the last few months and the apple looks lovely from the road as you pass it.
“A huge thank you to Nigel for taking the time and effort to retrieve his artwork and save it.”
Grantham is famous for it’s Gingerbread, which is quite unlike other gingerbreads. It is said that gingerbread originated in the town in 1740. Also that the unique character of Grantham gingerbread was the result of a mistake by a man called William Egglestone who accidentally put some of the wrong ingredients into the cake he was baking at his Grantham home. This accident created Grantham gingerbread.
Although well known, the Grantham gingerbread is not celebrated in the town by local shops, restaurants and cafes. In fact it is not produced commercially. The main reference to it locally is now as the nickname of Grantham Town Football Club.
Grantham gingerbread is unique in the fact that it is white, because it does not have black treacle (molasses) in it. Also it is creamier than normal gingerbread.
Here is the magic recipe for Grantham gingerbread
2 cups of flour,
4 tablespoons of sugar,
1 tablespoon of ground ginger,
a little bit of baking powder,
8 tablespoons of butter,
Cream the butter and sugar,
- Then beat in the egg yolk,
- After this, add the flour, baking powder and ginger.
- Whip the egg white and fold it to the mixture,
- Bake on grease paper in a moderate oven 150od/c325of/ gas mark 5 for 30 – 40 mins, but keep pale in colour.
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