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 →
Recently the first part of footpath 172, which leads from Kirkby Lane through to Tattershall Thorpe, has been fenced in with stock netting topped with two strands of barbed wire.
Lincolnshire County Council Highways Department were asked if it was safe for pedestrians to use, and Jonathan Stockdale replied that whereas the path didn’t quite meet the statutory guidelines, it was still able to be used. Here’s a copy his reply: Continue reading →
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 →
The bar at the Ebrington Arms was packed at lunchtime today as local historian Edward Mayor launched his fascinating historical map of Kirkby on Bain. Copies were selling fast at a fiver each and Edward was thrilled at the response to his latest initiative.
If you missed the launch or you want more maps, A3 size copies are now available at The Ebrington Arms. Continue reading →
Local historian, author and illustrator Edward Mayor will be on hand to launch his new Historical Map of Kirkby on Bain at the Ebrington Arms this Saturday, starting at 12 noon. Copies of the hand-drawn map will be on sale at £5.00 per copy, including a donation to a charity of the landlord’s choice.
Based in Woodhall Spa, Edward is well known for his publications, including books on the history of Petwood House, The Kinema in the Woods and the founding of Woodhall Spa, as well as for his recent one-man awards scheme to reward local restaurants for dog-friendliness.
Ian Carroll reports that at the end of September the village Defibrillator was collected from the Telephone box and dispatched to the Ebrington Arms.
Here a lady had collapsed and was being attended to by staff and customers. Ian rushed home to collect his kit before going to help. Fortunately it appeared that the lady had just fainted (Ronnie had given her a free drink) and had now recovered without the need to use the defibrillator. Although defib was not needed on this occasion it’s good that people know where the defib is housed, and that the Emergency 999 /LIVES system works, and of course that we have Ian resident in the village.
The lack of fast and reliable broadband in Kirkby on Bain is at best irritating, but for those who work from home it has become a very real impediment to business and education.
However, there is now a ray of hope, as financial advisor Mandy Fitzaden-Gray and Ebrington Arms landlord Ronnie Moncrieff have just succeeded in getting a meeting with local MP Victoria Atkins and the LCC Councillor responsible for broadband, Richard Davies. Their objective is simple enough, to get the village moved up the broadband rollout priority ladder. Mandy comments: “We are making a nuisance of ourselves and it seems to be paying off as we are getting in front of the right people, finally.”Continue reading →