” When high-flying US police chief Bill Hixon lands in Boston, Lincolnshire, with his 14 year-old daughter Kelsey in tow, he’s hoping they can flee their painful recent past. But this unfamiliar, unimpressed community will force Bill to question everything about himself and leave him asking whether it’s Boston that needs Bill, or Bill that needs Boston?”
Such is the storyline of “Wild Bill”, an new detective series commissioned recently by ITV. It stars Rob Lowe as the high-flying US cop who will shake up the East Lincolnshire force; you might recognise him from The West Wing, Parks and Recreation, Code Black or St. Elmo’s Fire. Continue reading →
In have written elsewhere about the rich heritage of Boston, Lincolnshire, reflected by the town’s excellent Guildhall Museum. Boston’s recent past is also valued by the many contributors to a Facebook Group called BostonMemories, whose members share old photographs and comments, and occasionally an archive film, like this British Council production, made in 1943, which I included in my earlier post. Spurred on by a recent conversation with some Bostonian visitors to Gunby Hall last weekend, I thought it was worth another look at this wartime public information film set in this town, so often maligned these days:
Romance and REVOLUTION: Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival Concert at Holy Trinity Church, Tattershall, Tuesday 1st August 2017, 7.30pm
Life Begins at Forty: Celebrating our Joint Artistic Directors Ashley Wass and Matthew Trusler, who have been performing for over two decades. Details on the Tattershall Church WebsiteThanks to John Dudley
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 →
If you are even a little bit interested in bird watching, then the RSPB reserve at Freiston Shore is well worth a visit, even in winter when brent geese congregate along with ducks such as wigeons, pintails, teals and shelducks. You can spot tree sparrows, yellowhammers and skylarks all year round and in summer you might see nesting wading birds, including avocets and ringed plovers.
You don’t have to be an RSPB member of course, and the reserve is within easy travelling distance from Kirkby on Bain – see the map below. The nearest town is Boston and the reserve is only four miles away. There are two car parks and four bicycle storage racks on site. Dogs are allowed on the designated footpaths and there are no entrance charges. Remember to take you binoculars! Here are some suggestions for a trip at this time of year: Continue reading →
If you don’t believe this, you can see them for yourself in St Botolph’s Church (aka the Stump) until January. 3,000 Christmas tree stars and a nativity scene knitted by people across Lincolnshire, all dedicated to family, friends, memories and even pets.
Called Christmas Knitivity, this imaginative project was organised by BBC Radio Lincolnshire in partnership with St Botolph’s Church. Local radio staffers and Boston parishioners got together with Oldrids store to decorate more than 30 trees with these unusual stars. Continue reading →
Panto-wise, we are spoilt for choice this winter, as the pantomime season comes to Boston, Horncastle, Lincoln and Skegness. Oh no it doesn’t! Oh yes it does!
The Blackfriars Arts Centre, [Spain Lane, Boston, PE21 6HP,] are putting on Jack & the Beanstalk. The traditional panto is a mix of mirth, mayhem and misunderstanding. It stars Ian Moore as Dame Trott and Mike Carnell as Silly Billy. Running from 11th December to 3rd January. Details and bookingContinue reading →