The Woodhall Spa Trail in winter

Just because it’s March, there’s no excuse for not going out to enjoy our Lincolnshire countryside, and there are some really enjoyable walks not far from Kirkby on Bain. How about walking the Woodhall Spa Trail to Horncastle?

This trail features in the iFootpath Walking Guide online series where you will find a mine of information for each section of this walk. The succinct introduction talks of: “A 7 mile ‘there and back’ walk along the mid section of the old Horncastle-to-Woodhall Junction railway line in Lincolnshire, known as the Spa Trail.

The trail, part of the Viking Way long distance path, passes through a mix of woodland and open countryside. Along the way you will discover impressive sculptures made from wood, stone and metal, all reflecting local wildlife and links with the past.”                      Continue reading

A secret no more

Last June twelve Kirkby on Bain residents entered a competition to name the hitherto nameless path connecting the primary school to the Main Street. Once all entries were in, a vote was held and the winning entry was The Secret Path, suggested by Sue Carroll.  The Parish Council duly commissioned signs, now installed at either end of the footpath, which will be officially opened this Friday at 3.15pm, at the school end in Wharf Lane. All welcome.

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Choose a name for that footpath!

The Parish Council launched its latest competition at the recent Annual Parish Meeting. The idea was to name the footpath that runs from Main Street to Wharf Lane, just opposite the school. We now have now twelve entries, so all residents can vote for the winner. Please vote for one name only, using the voting papers in the book exchange / phone box, and leave your paper in the box provided, by August 31. Here’s the list, in no particular order:

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Nursery Litter Pickers

From Martin Briscombe

As part of their Walking Wednesday, pupils from Kirkby on Bain Nursery can be seen collecting  litter from around the village  footpaths for safe disposal, rubbish that has been carelessly discarded, dropped or blown from traffic en route through the village.

These children are showing us the way to be environmentally aware and for them it’s a win-win situation. Not only are they enjoying walking out in the fresh air but also they are making Kirkby on Bain a tidier place for everyone to live and learn. Well done to The Nursery!

Parish information pack 2018

This weekend councillors distributed leaflets around the parish, providing information about this year’s Annual Parish Meeting, forthcoming local events and a welcome letter for newcomers listing clubs, footpaths for walkers, holiday accommodation, a village map and other useful contact details. If you have not received the information pack and you would like one please get in touch here or contact a councillor.

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Take care on the footpath to Tattershall Thorpe!

From Martin Briscombe:

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

Village Survey results

On behalf of the Parish Council:

Many thanks to all those who returned the survey slips attached to their Annual Parish Meeting invitations and other post-meeting feedback. Martin Briscombe has tabulated the results: Continue reading