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April 6 1912

The Boy Scouts hope to go into camp on Easter eve for a few days in Mr F Clayphan’s field off Station Road. On Easter Sunday there will be a united church parade of the Epworth, Haxey and Owston troops.

The boys will assemble in the Market Place at 2.45 and march to the parish church where there will be a march to the camp to have some tea before the Epworth and Haxey stroops return. The takings for the scouts’ social on February 14 amounted to £4 2s 6d.


April 2 1937

Mr and Mrs Harry Oliver celebrated their golden wedding on Sunday last by a family gathering.

They were married at St Mary’s Church, West Butterwick, on March 28, 1887, by the Rev J Shelley.

A native of Belton, Mr Oliver started work early as a farm boy and later was employed as yearly farm servant. In his middle teens he came to West Butterwick to his brother-in-law, Mr Michael Hall, keel owner and coal merchant, assisting in the working of a vessel carrying produce on the River Trent and South Yorkshire Canal to and from Sheffield. Mrs Oliver, whose maiden name was Julia Burkinshaw, was the second daughter of highly esteemed residents Joseph and Amy Burkinshaw. Her father was the village blacksmith.


April 6, 1962

A wedding veil worn by a Crowle bride in 1856 has just been presented to Scunthorpe Museum by her granddaughter. The veil of net, embroidered with pearls, was worn by Miss Mary Jane Kettle, of the White Hart Hotel, Crowle, who became Mrs Peter Cranidge, of South End House, Crowle at her wedding 106 years ago last month. It was the gift of Miss Alice Cranidge of Eastoft Road who has preserved it for many years. Mrs Peter Cranidge was 75 when she died. She had been a widow then since 1873.


April 3, 1987

Last week’s report on beef imports incensing farmers has upset and annoyed the managing director of the Botswana Meat Commission (UK) Holdings Ltd. Mr Ove K Nielsen has written to put us right on one or two of the matters raised. He explains that when Britain joined the EEC, several countries, in the main members of the Commonwealth, were left in the cold as all their exports has been geared towards one market - Britain.

The EEC entry agreement therefore granted certain concessions, one of them behind the ACP/Lome Agreement which gives access under various beneficial terms into the Common market on a quota system. Beef is only one of the many commodities covered. Five countries, of which Botswana is one, may export 30,000 tonnes of beef a year, duty free but subject to 10 per cent of the ruling levy.

The arrangement is also subject to the meat being veterinary approved by the exporting country’s veterinarians as well as the EEC’s Standing Veterinary Committee who lay down all the terms for disease control regulations in the country as well as the hygiene and veterinary regulations for the meat industry.