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Do you remember Mr and Mrs Burkhill?

From Alan Dickens:

I’m trying to trace where my auntie and uncle, Audrey and Cyril Burkhill who lived in the village. Cyril was an organist and may have played for St Mary’s. I’m afraid I’m going back to the 50’s here! Reason for asking is that friends from Essex, where I now live have moved to the village and I’d love to see the Burkhills old house. Thank you

If you can help Alan, please let me know here


Planning application refused: 2 houses in Kirkby Lane

The Parish Council has  been notified that an outline application (ref: S/094/00896/19) to build two houses on land adjacent to Sunny View, Kirkby Lane, LN10 6YY has been refused. To view the application, visit the ELDC website here. To view or download all the associated documentation, including the Parish Council comments, and the decision notice, click on the [Documents] tab.

Please note: This application refers to the same site as a previously refused application for outline permission for 3 dwellings (S/094/00183/17).

Among the reasons given for refusal is the statement that “The development of this site would extend the built form of the village resulting in an unacceptable erosion of the countryside and would create an incongruous linear expansion of the village.”

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Lindum Cottage: planning enforcement update

The Parish Council has been notified by Abi Cole, ELDC planning enforcement officer, that following a recent site visit, the issue about the eyesore caused by the pile of rubble that was the remains of Lindum Cottage left by builders in Main Street has now been resolved. This issue was first raised at the public forum preceding a Parish Council meeting in November 2018, and subsequently pursued by the council with the help of ELDC Councillor Craig Leyland. If you have any further complaints about this site please contact the ELDC Planning Enforcement team or contact a Parish Councillor.

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Choose a name for that footpath!

The Parish Council launched its latest competition at the recent Annual Parish Meeting. The idea was to name the footpath that runs from Main Street to Wharf Lane, just opposite the school. We now have now twelve entries, so all residents can vote for the winner. Please vote for one name only, using the voting papers in the book exchange / phone box, and leave your paper in the box provided, by August 31. Here’s the list, in no particular order:

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Parish Council Meeting: July 2019

The next Council Meeting will be held on Thursday July 4th in the Primary School Hall, Wharf Lane, Kirkby on Bain, starting at 7.00 pm. As usual we will start with a public forum so if you would like to discuss any local matter you are concerned about, please do come along and have your say!


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Cameo club report: June 2109


On 18th June Sadie Hirst returned to give us a follow up talk to the one she did last year, where she talked about the history of cookery books – ‘Much Ado about Food’. She made the progression from recipes to the material culture i.e. the pots and pans with which to cook and the ‘History of Food’.

She explained that decisions about what you eat, where you buy it, whether you choose to eat meat or be vegetarian or vegan defines ourselves and our cultures. Migrants use their traditions of cooking to help remind themselves of the countries from which they have come.

Sadie began in Neolithic times and took us up to the Tudor/Stewart times.

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