Anne Rawson remembers Kirkby on Bain

From Anne Rawson, who used to live here:

I have some memories of Kirkby, but it was the April of my sixth birthday when we left so some memories have faded. Others come back with a little prompting.

I was born at No 1 The Elms, which doesn’t appear to have changed much to this day. I did indeed attend the school. Mrs Spears the headmistress said that I might as well attend school earlier than expected because I used to go to class with my older brother anyway. There were two classrooms, my brother, being three years older, was in the larger room and and I was in the other. Unfortunately I cannot remember the teacher’s name. Continue reading

Book Group update, February 2017

From Margaret Dewrance:

Our village book group met on Tuesday afternoon. As we do not have books sent to us in January we decided to discuss our 10 favourite  books. It proved to be good fun as people talked about the books they remembered from childhood and from school.

Some people talked about the books that they had won as prizes at Sunday School and books that brought back memories of special times in their lives.

Our book for February is the first book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, My Brilliant Friend.

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Annual Parish Meeting: full house!

The 2016 Kirby on Bain Annual Parish Meeting attracted over 50 local people and invited guests last evening, filling the school hall almost to capacity. Opened by Parish Council Chairman Sam Midgley and compered by Councillor Martin Briscombe, the event certainly lived up to our expectations.

The show got off to a flying start as pupils from Oak Class presented an engaging, and at times touching, picture of school life, making good use of the excellent audio-visual facilities offered by the state-of-the-art school hall, before a series of presentations by local people representing community groups. Continue reading

Wartime Weekend

From Geoff Thompson, Lincolnshire TV:

Coming up, a special weekend at the Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre, formerly RAF Metheringham, celebrating the men and women of 101st Airborne Division, many of whom gave their lives in World War II.

The event is scheduled for 1st & 2nd May 2016 10 am to 5 pm. All Adults £5, under 16s Free.

A large contingent of the North West 101st Airborne re-enactment group will be camping out on Metheringham Airfield using the backdrop of Dakota KG 651 which is based there, and there will be a BBMF Lancaster flypast on both days, weather permitting. Continue reading

New Lancaster film to use DIY replica bomber

Sleaford-based film company Tin Hat productions are building their own replica Lancaster bomber for a new feature “Our Shining Sword” which tells the story of a seven-man bomber crew. Writer and producer Andy Burn said the company used one of the famous Haynes maintenance manuals to make sure every detail was correct.

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Help chronicle our village heritage

One of my hopes for this blog is to build an archive of history and heritage of this village and hereabouts. First off the mark was Martin Briscombe with his memories of Princess Anne’s visit to Kirkby on Bain in October 1989, and John Dudley followed up with his colourful story about when the Bishop met the churchwarden in 1801, originally published in the Gentleman’s Magazine. Thanks to both!

I have been researching other possible stories, including two mud and stud cottages in Wharf Lane, and of course….that murder. Betty Dixon has also agreed to spill a few beans about her lifetime in Kirkby on Bain, but the recent sad deaths of Joyce Stephenson and Alan Kerr have been a sharp reminder for me of the need to gather more memories before they disappear for ever. Continue reading

“A Greeat Stitherum”

“Nah then, Ah’m eble to cum an speeak to tha all on December fost or second. Mebe tha can let me knaw if that’s alreight?” This is how Loretta Rivett replied when the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Adult Education Unit in Horncastle invited her to tell all about her first language, Lincolnshire Dialect.

Well, it was more than alreight, so Loretta will be at QEGS on December 2nd at 8pm to talk about her passion for the old language of Lincolnshire. If you book ahead, entry is £7, or it’s £8 at the door. Full details and contact details here.

“Loretta is the go-to Lincolnshire dialect expert and for all things Lincolnshire. With an excellent education and local background, she is the epitome of a local lass. Continue reading