Kirkby on Bain is a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It lies on the River Bain between Horncastle and Coningsby, and just west of the A153 road. Neighbouring villages are Roughton, Haltham, Tattershall Thorpe and Tumby.
The parish church, rebuilt in 1802, is dedicated to St Mary, and is in the Bain Valley Group of churches. The Ebrington Arms on Main Street is a 16th Century village inn renowned for excellent food and drink, and the village is also home to Kirkby on Bain Primary School, recognised as a happy, inclusive and deeply caring school.
The Lincolnshire Wildlife nature reserve at the Kirby on Bain gravel pits is also an excellent bird-watching site, as in spring and summer the shallow water, with its numerous spits and islands, suits many breeding birds.
The village has a very active Parish Council which, apart from routine business, proactively engages with residents and local stakeholders to foster community spirit. Councillors have reformed our Annual Parish Meetings by showcasing local activities, encouraging residents to have their say on contentious issues and having some fun into the bargain.
Other notable achievements include the adoption of the disused village telephone box, now a thriving book exchange / notice station / (less thriving!) defibrillator point, and the creation of this website, now followed by many residents.
For such a small village there’s a surprising variety of activities and tourism is growing, along with some small scale housing developments.
Header picture: The left-hand image was created by Kirkby on Bain resident JIll Russell, submitted originally as part of a design for a new village road sign. The image was approved by the Parish Council but rejected by Lincolnshire County Council Highways Department, for reasons which remain a mystery to us all.
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