Report: Annual Parish Meeting 2019

The event organisers Martin, Penny and I thought that this year’s chance to meet up and have your say went pretty well. Tarts were tasted and voted on (the winner was Penny Stones’ delicious Bakewell,) ideas for naming the footpath were submitted and speed limit bin-stickers were distributed, before newly elected Parish Council Chairman Simon Tydeman addressed the meeting, listing recent achievements, current concerns and future plans.

Some of Simon’s remarks sparked heartfelt comments and suggestions, particularly regarding the quite shocking statistics gleaned from speed watch data collected by the recently installed speed warning signs, the continuing nuisance of HGV trucks traveling through the village, and of course the mystery now surrounding the recent fibre broadband installation works.  Once again “Have Your Say” proved not to be just a slogan in this village.

Our guest speaker Lydia Henry, Community Archaeologist from Heritage Lincolnshire, enthralled us all as she updated us on the progress of the archaeological dig at the Woodhall Spa quarry, known to most of us all as the gravel pits, setting out the historical and cultural context of this dig which, after a slow start, has now revealed the existence of a Roman Farm. Continue reading

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Annual Parish (Village) Meeting 2019

You are invited to this year’s Annual Parish Meeting, scheduled for 6.30pm,Thursday June 6th, in the Primary School Hall, Wharf Lane, Kirkby on Bain.

Though organised by your Parish Council, this event is not a formal Parish Council meeting, but rather an opportunity for the community to meet and discuss local issues informally, and to have some fun into the bargain.

As well as a Public Forum, this year we plan to offer a fascinating talk about the roman farm recently discovered near to our village, given by archaeologist Lydia Henry from Heritage Lincolnshire, a tart-tasting session, and a name-the-footpath competition. Children from the school have been invited to entertain us and of course refreshments galore will be freely available.                 Continue reading

Roman farm near Kirkby on Bain: update

If you missed the open afternoon at the quarry last December, there’s a second chance to find out about the archaeological dig hosted by Alan Stephenson, Operations Manager at the Woodhall Spa Quarry. Lydia Hendry, Community Archaeologist, Heritage Lincolnshire, who took us round the site last time, will be giving a free talk to update progress, at the Coningsby Community Hall on April 23rd, at 6.30pm.

Full details below              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:

Quarry Discoveries               Continue reading

National Trust treats

national_trust_logo_green_150Tattershall Castle and Gunby Hall are currently both offering interesting events within easy traveling distance of Kirkby on Bain over the next few weeks.

At Lord Cromwell’s Castle in Tattershall this Wednesday (July 13) outdoor theatre company The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return with their outdoor performance of Much Ado About Nothing, and there’s a Wars of the Roses weekend on July 30 and 31: “Travel back in time to the fifteenth century and immerse yourself in our medieval experience. Witness what everyday life was like over 500 years ago with living history tents, talks and displays.”

Gunby Hall gardens are always worth a visit at this time of year, and they are the inspiration for Gunby’s first contemporary art exhibition called ‘Densen – Disperse’, featuring the work of Christiane Löhr. Continue reading

Find local history on your doorstep

Heritage Lincolnshire are offering a free short course in Louth to help you learn how you can find out more about the history and archaeology that survives on your doorstep.

Ian Marshman will tell all from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Monday 23 May at the The Conoco Rooms above Louth Library, Northgate, Louth, LN11 0LY.

This short course is designed for anyone with an interest in history, archaeology or the towns and villages of Lincolnshire. Continue reading