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

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Exclusive: Jill Brown reflects on the Ethel Major TV programme:

Jill Brown – Photo courtesy BBC

Following the recent TV programme about Ethel Major, hanged for murdering her husband in 1934, Ethel’s cousin Jill Brown, who brought this story to the attention of the BBC and appeared in the programme, has kindly shared her thoughts with us:

I thought it might be of interest to your readers to give a little more background to our family’s connection to Ethel Major (Nee Brown) and how I became involved in the program.

Although I now live in Kent on the South Coast my parents and wider family are from Lincolnshire and I still have many relations living there (many Brown’s!) My mother’s family were from Grimsby and my father born in South Willingham one of 6 children to Tom and Alice Brown. Grandad being a tenant farmer lived in various places around the county. My father gradually moved south due to work spending his last 50 years in St. Albans in Hertfordshire, despite that Lincolnshire was always where his heart was. Sadly my father passed away in 2017 and his wish was for his ashes to be scattered at Croxby Crossroads with other family members, back to his roots.           Continue reading

Cameo club report: March 2019

From Jill Russell

CAMEO CLUB of KIRKBY on BAIN and ROUGHTON 19th March Report

Chair, Carmita, began the meeting welcoming us all and in particular two new members from Haltham, Helen Huthwaite and Margaret Humm.

We wish for a speedy recovery from her nasty accident, Roz Killingsworth from Kirkby on Bain, who joined us for the first time last month.

Our speaker for this month was Chrissie Chapman who came to talk about the murder which took place in Kirkby on Bain back in 1934. She kept us on our toes from the start putting up a title of ‘A Lincolnshire ‘Murdre’ at which some thought she had misspelled murder. She went on to explain that it was the ‘Old English’ spelling. She told us she was going to take a ‘tasteful and forensic look at murder’ and then promptly regaled us with the regicide of King Edward Ⅱ who was dispatched with a red-hot poker where it showed no visible signs! Continue reading

Roman farm found near Kirkby on Bain

On a fine day in December last year, Kirkby on Bain Parish Councillors were invited by Alan Stephenson, Quarry Operations Manager at the Woodhall Spa Quarry, to attend an open afternoon following the recent discovery by local archaeologists of a Roman settlement.  It was a fascinating event, led by Lydia Hendry, Community Archaeologist, Heritage Lincolnshire, and her team. She took us round the site in small groups and explained what they had found so far, demystifying numerous trenches, artifacts and data.

I understand that there will be another opportunity to discover more secrets of this ancient settlement, later this year. Lydia has very kindly written an account of the December event for us:

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Ethel Major: the Kirkby on Bain murderer

The subject of the first talk to be given in this year’s Cameo Club series, will be by Chrissie Chapman, who will talk about the notorious Ethel Major murder case. Until now I have preferred not to run the Ethel Major story here mainly because I have reservations about presenting the village in such a bad light. However, it seems the story simply will not go away, so here’s my two pennyworth.

Not long after we moved into Kirkby on Bain in 2001, somebody said to me something along the lines of “Of course you must know about our famous murderer, Ethel Major”. Of course I had never heard of her, so I did some very superficial research and found that this Kirkby on Bain lady was convicted of killing her husband (a nasty piece of work, allegedly,) in 1934 and hanged in Hull gaol.

A little later, when I started this blog, Betty Dixon, who was born that year and until recently was one of Kirkby’s oldest residents, kindly lent me a bundle of newspaper cuttings and a book about this case. Like a lot of accounts of past murders, quite a bit of this material was written in sensationalist styles, with little by way of references or source attributions. I also noticed that some accounts were word-for-word copies, apparently lifted from one original newspaper write-up.

During subsequent searches, I stumbled across a real surprise – macabre testimony to the everlasting obsession with murder, a knitted representation of Ethel’s house, made by Jean Arkell, originally installed at the Minories Art Gallery, Colchester. Believe it or not there really is a website featuring knitted representations of houses lived in by female murderers. Midsomer Murders scriptwriters, please take note.
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Village Picnic 2018

In the words of W. Somerset Maugham “There are few things so pleasant as a picnic eaten in perfect comfort”

No cucumber unsliced, no camp chair unfolded, no pop bottle uncorked at the first Kirkby on Bain village picnic last Saturday afternoon (August 18). At 1.45, the school field looked just like any other day, except for some bunting, a table and a couple of chairs, but within an hour or so about thirty villagers, undaunted by the KoB wasp brigade, were happily tucking in to traditional English picnic grub and chatting to friends and neighbours.

The idea, suggested by Margaret Dewrance, was inspired by a similar event in a French village a few years ago. It had a lot going for it – no complicated arrangements or red tape, just bring your own picnic and spend a pleasant afternoon in good company. We were lucky though – the sun came out just on time after an overcast morning.

Since we packed up our empty picnic baskets, we have had some really good feedback on this initiative, and even a welcome offer of an alternative venue for next year, so it looks like the event is set to become a local tradition. Continue reading

Thanks Edward, you have put us on the map!

The bar at the Ebrington Arms was packed at lunchtime today as local historian Edward Mayor launched his fascinating historical map of Kirkby on Bain. Copies were selling fast at a fiver each and Edward was thrilled at the response to his latest initiative.

 

If you missed the launch or you want more maps, A3 size copies are now available at The Ebrington Arms. Continue reading