Betty Dixon – moving on

Having lived in Kirkby on Bain since her childhood, Betty is moving away from the village to join some of her friends in Horncastle. On Saturday last, she found out just how much respect and affection she has inspired in all those in Kirkby who know her, and just how popular she is, as she found herself the centre of attention at a surprise garden party held in her honour.

And it really was a surprise when she caught sight of the tables and chairs set out on the Briscombe lawn on the dot of three o’clock, evidence of a neighbourly conspiracy. In fact her first comment was that she thought it must be book group day. As the applause rang out, she realised how wrong you can be.

In the time-honoured way, refreshments were taken and lively conversations ensued, all under the blistering sun of a perfect English summer day, and Martin marked the occasion with a short speech and a toast in Betty’s honour. In response Betty was keen to point out that though she was moving house, she would be in the village as often as possible. She won’t be short of invitations, that’s for sure. Continue reading

SO Festival Cake Fest

From Katie-Louise Green, SO Festival Coordinator for Magna Vitae:

Cake Fest will be showcased at SO Festival on Sunday 2nd July. It’s basically a 100 square metre edible map of East Lindsey.

 

People are coming forward to bake landmarks of East Lindsey, to be placed on the map.  Landmarks such as The Lancaster and Tattershall Castle will be created. There are hundreds of villages and churches, and I would absolutely love having a number of cake churches created for the map. Would Kirkby on Bain like to be involved? Continue reading

Exit Equinox!

Kirkby on Bain Parish Councillors have been informed by East Lindsey District Council Licensing Section that the organisers of Equinox Festival have applied for a premises licence at a new location near Grimsby. After years of dogged opposition to noisy music festivals held at Scholey Park, this news was welcomed by Councillors representing the concerns of village residents adversely affected by noise nuisance.

Chairman of the Council Sam Midgley commented: “To all those involved over the past few years and the hard work put in by you and all the others, for your perseverance I salute you all and thank you.”

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Steve Plater slams local roads at village meeting

In response to a question at this year’s Annual Parish Meeting, champion motorcyclist Steve Plater agreed in public that the state of our local roads was a disgrace and potentially a matter of life and death. “Don’t get me started” he said, but encouraged by the positive reaction in the primary school hall, he did just that, criticising Lincolnshire County Council Highways Department’s apparent indifference.

This year’s meeting had got off to a heart-warming start at the Primary School Hall, as a small but excited group of younger children sang songs that many will remember with affection from their own schooldays. Most of the audience joined in, before taking part in a new venture – the village bake-off, scoffing delicious tray bakes and marking them out of ten. The outright winner was Jill Hilton and there was no shortage of scrummy leftovers taken home after the meeting. Continue reading

Is this your cat?

Yesterday (May 14) a small cat turned up at our house. Quite friendly and quite hungry, possibly a young pregnant female, she stood her ground against our cat Jack and stayed around all day.

She has turned up again this morning. I have spoken to a very helpful local cats’ protection representative, who has explained that unfortunately they are unable to take in strays in at the moment, so please, if you own this cat, or even if you know who does, could you get in touch as soon as possible by leaving a comment here or calling 01526 354783?

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Annual Village Meeting: Have your say and have some fun

Last year the Kirkby on Bain Annual Parish Meeting attracted a record number of local people and invited guests, filling the primary school hall in Wharf Lane almost to capacity. Martin, Penny and I have been busy since then planning this year’s event, now called the annual village meeting, scheduled for May 18th, starting at 6.30 pm.

Once again children from the primary school will be top of the bill and they are working right now on their opening routine. The details are a secret of course but I have an idea that music might be involved.

Other highlights will include a bake-off, a local photographic display, an open forum, refreshments and guest presentations, including a keynote address by international motorcycling champion and local hero Steve Plater.

Let’s fill that hall once again! Download full details

If you have any inquiries, please get in touch with Martin Briscombe: Continue reading