Steve Plater slams local roads at village meeting

In response to a question at this year’s Annual Parish Meeting, champion motorcyclist Steve Plater agreed in public that the state of our local roads was a disgrace and potentially a matter of life and death. “Don’t get me started” he said, but encouraged by the positive reaction in the primary school hall, he did just that, criticising Lincolnshire County Council Highways Department’s apparent indifference.

This year’s meeting had got off to a heart-warming start at the Primary School Hall, as a small but excited group of younger children sang songs that many will remember with affection from their own schooldays. Most of the audience joined in, before taking part in a new venture – the village bake-off, scoffing delicious tray bakes and marking them out of ten. The outright winner was Jill Hilton and there was no shortage of scrummy leftovers taken home after the meeting. Continue reading

Horncastle and District Choral Society: free concert

As part of the Horncastle Arts and Music festival, this concert offers you a varied programme including Schubert’s Mass in G, Elgar’s “From the Bavarian Highlands” and a selection of Victorian Music. It’s at St. Mary’s Church, Horncastle, starting 7.30pm on Saturday May 13th. There will be a retiring collection in aid of the Air Ambulance.

Woodhall Spa Country Show 2017

This year’s Woodhall Spa Country Show is only days away now, scheduled for Sunday the 21st of May. Come along any time between 9.30am and 5.00pm. You can find the showground along Green Lane opposite Canterbury Close (LN10 6QY), and a one way system will be operated on the day. All routes are signposted by AA signs.

“Our theme this year is to be ‘Traditional Rural Crafts’. The varied Lincolnshire environment lends its self to a wide range of crafts. The wolds have a tradition of hedge laying, there are dry stone walls in the Ancaster area and stone is a vernacular building material in the Stamford and Deeping areas. The fens and marsh have mud and stud used for cottages, some of which survive in entirety and many remnants are still there hidden away where people in the past have encased them in brick and tile as their living standards began to improve.” Continue reading

Annual Village Meeting: Have your say and have some fun

Last year the Kirkby on Bain Annual Parish Meeting attracted a record number of local people and invited guests, filling the primary school hall in Wharf Lane almost to capacity. Martin, Penny and I have been busy since then planning this year’s event, now called the annual village meeting, scheduled for May 18th, starting at 6.30 pm.

Once again children from the primary school will be top of the bill and they are working right now on their opening routine. The details are a secret of course but I have an idea that music might be involved.

Other highlights will include a bake-off, a local photographic display, an open forum, refreshments and guest presentations, including a keynote address by international motorcycling champion and local hero Steve Plater.

Let’s fill that hall once again! Download full details

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Coffee Morning this Saturday

You are invited to a coffee morning at Roughton Parish Hall on Saturday 18th March, 10.00am to 12 noon, in aid of St. Margaret’s Church Roughton
and St Mary’s Church Kirkby-on-Bain. There will be various stalls, including Tombola, Easter Gifts, £1 Mystery Parcels, Cards, Cakes, Books, Raffle etc.

Donations for Stalls gratefully received by Ann 354745, Maureen 354546, Jan 354446 or Hilda 354440

Bain Valley Churches Diary

Cameo club update: Petwood, the early years

From Bessie Major:

CAMEO Club – Kirkby on Bain

On 21st February Dr and Mrs Duke-Cox gave us a most delightful talk and presentation on ‘The Petwood Hotel’ which took us back to before the Second World War – the very early stages, when it was built as a very large bungalow for Sir John Blundell Maples’ daughter, Grace.

The slides showed us the bungalow as it was and explained how it was sold to be a hotel. We were taken on the journey from the early stages of building and then made even larger to be the Petwood Hotel. The talk also gave us a brief history of the family. We are most grateful for Dr and Mrs Duke-Cox’s time and presentation and hope they will return next year to continue the story. Continue reading

From the Woodhall Spa notice boards: March 2017

Our early spring selection of things to do in and around Woodhall Spa:

 

 

 

March 21

Returning to Woodhall Spa this month is international concert organist Nicholas Martin. He will be on stage at St Peter’s Church Hall, Woodhall Spa, 7.30pm. Contact Philip Groves, Music for Woodhall, 01526 353225. Website.

 

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