June 30th is the date for the next fundraising event in aid of St. Mary’s Church Kirkby on Bain. It’s a cream tea plus a raffle at Roughton Village Hall and it’s scheduled for 3pm. All welcome! Continue reading
All welcome to the Kirkby and Roughton Plant Sale on Saturday May 18th, 10am to 12 noon, in Roughton Parish Hall. Refreshments available.
Donations of plants will be gratefully received from 9.00 am at the hall on the day of sale. The event is in aid of St. Margaret’s Church Roughton and St. Mary’s Church Kirkby on Bain. Continue reading
The next Church coffee morning is scheduled for Saturday 16th March, 10am to 12 noon at Roughton Village Hall.
On offer: stalls, tombola, mystery parcels, cakes, books and raffle, all in aid of St. Margaret’s Church Roughton and
St. Mary’s Church Kirkby on Bain. Donations welcome. Continue reading
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.
This weekend 158 visitors came along to St Marys Church to admire our community’s contribution to the 2018 Horncastle and Villages Churches Festival. The Church was transformed in commemoration of those who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars. Feedback was very complimentary and many visitors commented on the transformation of the church and the individual displays, all donated and arranged by parishioners. There was special praise for the idea to feature over a thousand knitted poppies, both red and white. This morning children and teachers from the primary school took a break from the classroom to see what can be achieved by a dedicated and creative community team.
The Parochial Church Council has decided with regret to close St. Mary’s Church from next Monday, following a spate of behaviour which has escalated from minor childish nuisance to an unacceptable level. Last Monday evening the Church Warden discovered that a member of the public had entered the church and defaced the main carpet in the aisle. Subsequent attempts to remove the graffiti having proved unsuccessful, the carpet will need replacement. The police will now be informed. If you have information about this incident, please let us know.
Despite this general closure, the Churches Festival commemorating those who fell in the first and second world wars will go ahead this weekend. Entry is free on Saturday and Sunday 8th – 9th September from 10am to 4pm and refreshments will be available.