Betty Dixon – moving on

Having lived in Kirkby on Bain since her childhood, Betty is moving away from the village to join some of her friends in Horncastle. On Saturday last, she found out just how much respect and affection she has inspired in all those in Kirkby who know her, and just how popular she is, as she found herself the centre of attention at a surprise garden party held in her honour.

And it really was a surprise when she caught sight of the tables and chairs set out on the Briscombe lawn on the dot of three o’clock, evidence of a neighbourly conspiracy. In fact her first comment was that she thought it must be book group day. As the applause rang out, she realised how wrong you can be.

In the time-honoured way, refreshments were taken and lively conversations ensued, all under the blistering sun of a perfect English summer day, and Martin marked the occasion with a short speech and a toast in Betty’s honour. In response Betty was keen to point out that though she was moving house, she would be in the village as often as possible. She won’t be short of invitations, that’s for sure. Continue reading

Environment Agency saves a moorhen’s nest

From Martin Briscombe:

The River Bain was recently seen to be partially blocked with debris caught on overhanging trees, between the two footbridges in the village. This was reported to the Environment Agency who responded within two hours with an action plan.

As a result they scheduled a team to do the work, but not before the resident  moorhen had hatched her brood on the makeshift island. Now with the chicks fledged, the Agency team has moved in and the river flows freely again.

Exit Equinox!

Kirkby on Bain Parish Councillors have been informed by East Lindsey District Council Licensing Section that the organisers of Equinox Festival have applied for a premises licence at a new location near Grimsby. After years of dogged opposition to noisy music festivals held at Scholey Park, this news was welcomed by Councillors representing the concerns of village residents adversely affected by noise nuisance.

Chairman of the Council Sam Midgley commented: “To all those involved over the past few years and the hard work put in by you and all the others, for your perseverance I salute you all and thank you.”

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A new place to stay in Kirkby on Bain

From Tessa Tucker:

We have just gone live with our holiday let accommodation. We offer  a private, all on one level, modern suite of rooms, with king size double bedroom, large en-suite shower room, dressing room with comfortable occasional double bed and separate lounge dining room. The room@thestores has an exclusive entrance with a secluded south-facing patio and private off road parking.

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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

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

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

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