On September 8th our doughty cyclists braved the elements once again to ride from church to church in aid of the annual Lincolnshire Churches’ Trust.This year they managed to raise £361. Thanks go to all the riders and their sponsors. Continue reading →
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.
Welcome to the 2018 Horncastle and Villages Churches Festival – a celebration of a rich architecture and heritage, of beautiful tranquillity and spirituality. This year many of our churches will be paying special tribute to those who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars.
Every church has a story to tell, and at St Mary’s the focus will be on the the village during the Great War. Visitors are invited to view thewar memorial stained glass windowunveiled on Trinity Sunday, 30th May 1926, flower arrangements, and special displays including over 500 knitted poppies, a World War One book collection and other memorabilia.
Entry is free on Saturday and Sunday 8th – 9th September from 10am to 4pm and refreshments will be available. Continue reading →
Until recently, if you had looked on Google Maps for St Mary’s Church, Kirkby on Bain, you would not have been much the wiser, but John Dudley has put that right. Part of the problem was that because the church is not officially in a street, Street View could not locate it accurately, and there were no pictures of the church either. As you can see, we are now well-and-truly on the map. Try it for yourself.
Last Thursday, seven villagers and one former resident turned up at St Mary’s Church to meet local historian, writer and artist Edward Mayor and his dog Sandy, for the much-anticipated historical walk around Kirkby on Bain, advertised here earlier. And they were not to be disappointed, despite the torrid heatwave conditions.
The walk started off in the cool of the Church as Edward introduced himself and gave us a summary of the earliest history of the village, one of several Kirkbys in Lincolnshire, some of which were mentioned on Edward’s historical map, from the Domesday reference to Cherchebi onward. The group then set off on a circular route along by the canal to Swandrift bridge, stopping at the probable sites of the gravel barge wharf and the old oak bridge for explanations, questions, answers and comments. Continue reading →