Cameo club report: April 2019

From Jill Russell

Cameo Club of Kirkby on Bain and Roughton – April 16th Meeting

At the start we wished our Chair, Carmita, well after her recent illness. Our deputy chair, Sue Bruzas, requested we sign a card to give her to show our support. We have also received a card from SANDS, our charity this year, thanking us for the contribution given to them so far.

We then had a first for our club! Instead of a talk we had Rachel Crooks from ‘Dance Fuzion’ lead us in an exercise session to music. Members varied in age and abilities but Rachel led us through a series of exercises where we could sit or stand if preferred and she sympathetically encouraged us to put as much effort in as we wished or of which we were capable!

We exercised arms, legs, hips, thighs, tummies, core etc with ever more increasing speed and need for co-ordination. We had a good laugh and a very enjoyable time was had by all. We discovered some parts of our bodies which we probably had forgotten we had! The overall message was that at whatever age exercise is good and very necessary.          Continue reading

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Cameo club report: March 2019

From Jill Russell

CAMEO CLUB of KIRKBY on BAIN and ROUGHTON 19th March Report

Chair, Carmita, began the meeting welcoming us all and in particular two new members from Haltham, Helen Huthwaite and Margaret Humm.

We wish for a speedy recovery from her nasty accident, Roz Killingsworth from Kirkby on Bain, who joined us for the first time last month.

Our speaker for this month was Chrissie Chapman who came to talk about the murder which took place in Kirkby on Bain back in 1934. She kept us on our toes from the start putting up a title of ‘A Lincolnshire ‘Murdre’ at which some thought she had misspelled murder. She went on to explain that it was the ‘Old English’ spelling. She told us she was going to take a ‘tasteful and forensic look at murder’ and then promptly regaled us with the regicide of King Edward Ⅱ who was dispatched with a red-hot poker where it showed no visible signs! Continue reading

Cameo club report, February 2019

From Jill Russell:

CAMEO CLUB  KIRKBY on BAIN and ROUGHTON – 19th FEB MEETING REPORT

Presentation of cheque to RNLI

Chas  from RNLI Skegness gave an update on the station at Skegness. The new Shannon class lifeboat had been called out over ten times last year and helped save lives. It is used in training and also been in assistance in bigger rescues to larger boats. The inshore vessel also called out many times.

Marie from the fund-raising branch informed us of the ongoing fund-raising efforts through bucket collections, flag week, sale of yellow welly badges and donations from groups such as ours and individuals, which has led to a new inshore boat being acquired. The extension to the boat house is ongoing with a new shop and visitors’ centre plus museum. As we have stipulated our donation is for Skegness our cheque is ring fenced for them and we are so pleased to be able to give them a cheque for £350 which they were very thankful to receive.

Talk by Julie Baker from SANDS

As our chosen charity for 2019, Julie Baker came to tell us about SANDS which is an organization, based in London, but has volunteer groups, 106 across the country, whose aim is to support families who tragically lose babies whilst pregnant, before and during and after birth. Continue reading

Cameo club AGM

From Jill Russell

CAMEO CLUB OF KIRKBY ON BAIN AND ROUGHTON – AGM – 15th Jan

Secretary Maura Dormer went through the minutes from last AGM and then described the very successful, enjoyable programme from 2018. Treasurer Rose Kimberley went through the accounts and fed back how well our charity fund-raising had done, the total amount raised being: £476.32. It was agreed £350 of this to go to our 2018 charity, RNLI Skegness, and £100 initial donation to our 2019 charity. The remainder to go towards expenses to set up this year e.g. Smartie tubes.

Sue Carroll’s 50/50 draw had been a success, as had the ‘fill the Smartie tubes’. As usual the raffle continued to be a good fund-raiser. The best attended meet had been the Ukulele night with many guests attending, both men and women. Continue reading

Ethel Major: the Kirkby on Bain murderer

The subject of the first talk to be given in this year’s Cameo Club series, will be by Chrissie Chapman, who will talk about the notorious Ethel Major murder case. Until now I have preferred not to run the Ethel Major story here mainly because I have reservations about presenting the village in such a bad light. However, it seems the story simply will not go away, so here’s my two pennyworth.

Not long after we moved into Kirkby on Bain in 2001, somebody said to me something along the lines of “Of course you must know about our famous murderer, Ethel Major”. Of course I had never heard of her, so I did some very superficial research and found that this Kirkby on Bain lady was convicted of killing her husband (a nasty piece of work, allegedly,) in 1934 and hanged in Hull gaol.

A little later, when I started this blog, Betty Dixon, who was born that year and until recently was one of Kirkby’s oldest residents, kindly lent me a bundle of newspaper cuttings and a book about this case. Like a lot of accounts of past murders, quite a bit of this material was written in sensationalist styles, with little by way of references or source attributions. I also noticed that some accounts were word-for-word copies, apparently lifted from one original newspaper write-up.

During subsequent searches, I stumbled across a real surprise – macabre testimony to the everlasting obsession with murder, a knitted representation of Ethel’s house, made by Jean Arkell, originally installed at the Minories Art Gallery, Colchester. Believe it or not there really is a website featuring knitted representations of houses lived in by female murderers. Midsomer Murders scriptwriters, please take note.
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Cameo club news: congratulations!

On behalf of Carmita Booth, club chairman:

Our donations to the Royal National Lifeboats Institution amounted to £350 last year. We are proud to have a certificate thanking us for our contribution: “Without people like you our volunteer crews and lifeguards could not continue their lifesaving work.” Click on the image to enlarge in a new window.                  Continue reading