Mustard gas incident: video update

Photo courtesy BBCYesterday’s video update from East Lindsey District Council Chief Executive Stuart Davy:

For all updates, visit the ELDC incident web page

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Mustard gas public meeting – “standing room only”

Thanks to Councillor William Gray for this report on yesterday’s mustard gas incident public meeting at the Petwood Hotel, where by all accounts it was standing room only:

“There was a thorough briefing on ‘Police Operation Saddleback’. 22 agencies have been involved. 14 ammunition boxes of have been recovered from Kirkby Woods. 13 boxes contained mustard gas bombs. These are now being destroyed safely away from the site.

10 gas canisters have been recovered from a lake in Stixwould. They had not leaked and therefore the lake has not been contaminated. 3 people have been arrested and are on bail.

A small area of land in the woods has been contaminated and decontamination will now take place.  East Lindsey District Council will oversee this operation with the assistance of professionals. Kirkby Lane will remain closed at present and the site will be fenced to prevent access. Continue reading

Mustard gas public meeting

From East Lindsey District Council:

There will be a meeting held at the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa on the evening of Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 6.30pm, to update the community in regard to the recent discovery of Mustard Gas in woodland off Kirkby Lane.  The meeting is primarily aimed at those living in close proximity to the woodland.  At the meeting the Army, Police and District Council will all provide updates and details of next steps in addressing the issue of contaminated land.  There will also be the chance for the community to ask questions. We have launched a webpage to keep the community informed as work progresses on site.

Stuart Davy
Chief Executive, East Lindsey District Council

Road subject to closure after mustard gas incident

Access to Woodhall Spa via Kirkby Lane may be still barred following the discovery of mustard gas canisters in Roughton Moor Woods on Sunday. Some drivers are using Wellsyke Lane as a diversion, but this has caused driving problems as passing oncoming vehicles is difficult at the best of times in this narrow lane.

The incident, in which two people were treated in hospital for minor burns and respiratory problems after making the find while digging for bottles, has attracted widespread media attention. A 38-year-old man from Lincoln was arrested on Tuesday and a woman was arrested on Wednesday. Both were remanded in police custody for questioning. Another man from Woodhall Spa was arrested yesterday, and all three have been released on police bail today.

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Ride and Stride 2017: update

This year’s event in support of Lincolnshire’s finest buildings raised £530. This sum is divided equally between St Mary’s Kirkby on Bain and the Lincolnshire Churches Trust.

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Kirkby on Bain phone box book exchange in the news

I recently posted a reply to a tweet by Visit Lincolnshire extolling the virtues of a phone box book exchange in another village, just pointing out that we had one too. Lo-and-behold we now have a page of our own on their website. Here’s the blurb:

“The iconic red phone box has seen a resurgence and never more so than in the village of Kirkby on Bain. Lovingly refurbished by a hard-working community, it has been converted into a free book exchange. Drop off those titles cluttering up the bookshelf at home and uncover new ones you might have missed. Recycled colour-washed pallet wood was used for the shelves and information board. A local book group stocked the shelves. A couple of large logs from the churchyard are outside as bus stop style seats.”

And here’s the link        Thanks Visit Lincolnshire! Continue reading

Spitfire news update

From the BBMF website (August 29, 2017)

Following the recent pause in flying our Merlin-powered aircraft for safety reasons, OC BBMF said: “As I hope you all know, my aim is to keep these vital and unique artefacts of Britain’s proud history in the sky forever. To do that we sometimes have to take extra precautions, with our eye sharply on continuing safety, to ensure that we can keep them flying for future generations. I thank each and every one of you who has voiced their support and shown their understanding. We will get them back into the blue as soon we can.

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