Lions Club Easter egg hunt

An invitation on behalf of The Woodhall Spa Lions Club:

Join us for an afternoon of family fun from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday April 20th in the grounds of the beautiful Petwood Hotel, for our popular Easter Egg Treasure Hunt. There will be characters in the woods for children to find, an answer sheet to complete and an Easter egg prize at the end. Suitable for the whole family!

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Last Vulcan Captain to talk at the Petwood

Join us on April 4th for An Evening With Bill Ramsey – the last Vulcan Captain. Bill will be talking us through his truly extraordinary career which includes flying the Lancaster and Dakota with the BBMF, four years as Wing Commander with the Red Arrows and so much more.

This is the first of a series of talks called ‘An Evening With…’ which we will be hosting throughout the year. It is not an event you want to miss! The Petwood will be making a donation from tickets sales to Bill’s chosen charity, The People’s Mosquito.

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Cameo club report: March 2019

From Jill Russell

CAMEO CLUB of KIRKBY on BAIN and ROUGHTON 19th March Report

Chair, Carmita, began the meeting welcoming us all and in particular two new members from Haltham, Helen Huthwaite and Margaret Humm.

We wish for a speedy recovery from her nasty accident, Roz Killingsworth from Kirkby on Bain, who joined us for the first time last month.

Our speaker for this month was Chrissie Chapman who came to talk about the murder which took place in Kirkby on Bain back in 1934. She kept us on our toes from the start putting up a title of ‘A Lincolnshire ‘Murdre’ at which some thought she had misspelled murder. She went on to explain that it was the ‘Old English’ spelling. She told us she was going to take a ‘tasteful and forensic look at murder’ and then promptly regaled us with the regicide of King Edward Ⅱ who was dispatched with a red-hot poker where it showed no visible signs! Continue reading

Coffee Morning, March 16, 2019

Picture courtesy Presentation MagazineThe 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
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Cameo club report, February 2019

From Jill Russell:

CAMEO CLUB  KIRKBY on BAIN and ROUGHTON – 19th FEB MEETING REPORT

Presentation of cheque to RNLI

Chas  from RNLI Skegness gave an update on the station at Skegness. The new Shannon class lifeboat had been called out over ten times last year and helped save lives. It is used in training and also been in assistance in bigger rescues to larger boats. The inshore vessel also called out many times.

Marie from the fund-raising branch informed us of the ongoing fund-raising efforts through bucket collections, flag week, sale of yellow welly badges and donations from groups such as ours and individuals, which has led to a new inshore boat being acquired. The extension to the boat house is ongoing with a new shop and visitors’ centre plus museum. As we have stipulated our donation is for Skegness our cheque is ring fenced for them and we are so pleased to be able to give them a cheque for £350 which they were very thankful to receive.

Talk by Julie Baker from SANDS

As our chosen charity for 2019, Julie Baker came to tell us about SANDS which is an organization, based in London, but has volunteer groups, 106 across the country, whose aim is to support families who tragically lose babies whilst pregnant, before and during and after birth. Continue reading

Ethel Major: the Kirkby on Bain murderer

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.
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Cameo club news: congratulations!

On behalf of Carmita Booth, club chairman:

Our donations to the Royal National Lifeboats Institution amounted to £350 last year. We are proud to have a certificate thanking us for our contribution: “Without people like you our volunteer crews and lifeguards could not continue their lifesaving work.” Click on the image to enlarge in a new window.                  Continue reading