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Governors push ahead with plans to close Monks' Dyke Tennyson College

Governors at Mablethorpe's only secondary school have voted in favour of pushing ahead with a formal consultation to close it.

A demonstration outside the school earlier in October Credit: ITV News

ITV Calendar has been told the closure plans for Monks' Dyke Tennyson College are due to a £1.4 million deficit and falling pupil numbers. Students will instead be taught at the school's other campus in Louth.

An action group has already held a protest, and it says there is growing support for the school to become a 'free school academy'.


Petition to save only secondary school in Mablethorpe from closure

More than 1500 people have signed a petition to stop the only secondary school in a Lincolnshire town from closure.

Petition to save the school Credit: ITV News

The Mablethorpe campus of Monks' Dyke Tennyson College faces an uncertain future due to falling pupil numbers and mounting running costs.

Credit: ITV News

The school has 785 pupils across two sites - 554 at Louth and just 231 at Mablethorpe. Furthermore, more than 60 per cent of parents in Mablethorpe send their children to schools outside the town.

Mike Eyre, principal Credit: ITV News

The school's principal Mike Eyre says lack of numbers at the Mablethorpe campus are having an impact on the quality of education and he has been left with no option but to consider closing the school.

'Extensive structural damage' after house explosion

Lincolnshire Fire Service has reported 'extensive structural damage' to the house near Mablethorpe that has been damaged in an explosion:

House badly damaged in suspected gas explosion

A house in Theddlethorpe has been badly damaged in what is suspected to be a gas explosion. These pictures from a viewer who lives nearby show the damage to the property:

House damaged by explosion Credit: Viewer's photograph

The building is badly damaged though it is not yet clear how severe the damage is.

House damaged by explosion Credit: ITV News Calendar

Emergency crews remain at the property assessing the damage. Nobody was hurt in the blast.

Emergency crews at the house Credit: ITV News Calendar


No-one hurt in Lincolnshire gas explosion

Lincolnshire Police say no-one was hurt in the gas explosion at a house in Kent Avenue at Theddlethrope this afternoon - and no-one unaccounted for.

A spokesman said all three emergency services were at the scene, the fire was out and the building had been left unstable. An eye-witness said there is considerable damage to the house with several walls blown out.

Fire crews dealing with possible gas explosion in Lincolnshire

Fire crews have been called out to reports of a possible large gas explosion in Lincolnshire. Emergency crews are at Kent Avenue in Theddlethorpe.

Story time on children's ward

Over 100 books are expected to be real page-turners for children in hospital. Kate Lomas, from Mablethorpe, has made a donation worth £600 in Usborne books to the Rainforest ward at Grimsby’s Diana, Princess of Wales hospital.

By making a ‘book pledge’ to local businesses, Kate was able to raise money and buy a range of literature from touchy-feely books for babies to detective novels for teenagers.

She said: “I am an independent Usborne book rep and wanted to do something which would help out the hospital.

“I am very passionate about reading, my children love books and I believe it helps broaden the imagination. I want to thank all the local businesses who supported my cause.”

Paula Staines, play specialist at the hospital, said: “We will be handing out the books to children over the Christmas period both on the Rainforest ward and in our assessment department.

“It is never an easy time for a family to have a child in hospital, but with kind donations like this it helps to make the experience less daunting.

“We are extremely grateful for Kate’s donation as we would not be able to provide these things on our own.”

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