Was there a Roman fort in Coningsby?

From Ryan Tomlinson (Woodhall Spa Memories Facebook Group).

Did you know that an RAF base, which was famously home to the Dambusters, was also previously occupied by the Romans?

Well a former Reverend from Coningsby certainly believed so… Continue reading

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Spooks and creepy crafts at Tattershall Castle

Spooky half term goings on at the castle! Will you dare to tread within the ghostly grounds? The castle is a maze of haunting walls. Take our spine shivering Halloween trail for some frightful fun and enjoy some creepy crafting activities.

Monday 21 October to Sunday 27 October | Gates open 11:00. Start 11:00. End 16:00. A National Trust Event – Normal Admission Charges Apply. Booking Not Needed. Check our website for the latest information. Continue reading

Cameo club report September 2019

CAMEO CLUB of KIRKBY on BAIN and ROUGHTON – 17th September Meeting

Our Chair Carmita was not well enough to attend so we wish her a speedy recovery. Sue Bruzas, vice chair, began the meeting with business re Christmas Meal payment of £15 and paying for tickets of £7 for the Horncastle panto by Oct meeting to ease accounting at the end of the year. The AGM will be held in March next year and, to encourage more of us to attend that meeting, a raffle will be held and the winner will have their subscription of £10 paid. Suggestions for next year’s charity would be welcomed asap.

Bob Turner (left) and Alan Taylor (right). [Click to enlarge in a new tab]

We welcomed veterans Alan Taylor and Bob Turner from The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight based at Coningsby, to give us their talk: ‘Lest we forget’.

Alan began by explaining about the BBMF which is jointly owned by the RAF and Lincs County Council. LCC responsible for visitors’ centre staffed by volunteer guides such as themselves. Everything in the hangar is the RAF’s responsibility. Founded in 1957 its roles are:        Continue reading

Cameo Club report: August 2019

CAMEO CLUB of KIRKBY on BAIN and ROUGHTON – 20th August Meeting

Speaker Alwyn Killingsworth, resident of Kirkby on Bain, came to give us a presentation about WW1. He has a special interest in all things to do with this war in particular with any connection to the local area such as the tank being developed in Lincoln.

Sir Richard Haldane, Secretary of State for War 1905 – 1912

He decided to focus on the general hospitals developed during the war in particular those locally. He began with mentioning Sir Richard Haldane who was secretary of state dealing with the fiasco which was the Boer War. He introduced new equipment and began the Territorial Army. He set up the formation of General Forces Hospitals to supplement existing hospitals which became so necessary during WW1. These hospitals were staffed by unpaid members of the TA. Continue reading

Cameo club report: June 2109

CAMEO CLUB of KIRKBY on BAIN and ROUGHTON – JUNE MEETING REPORT

On 18th June Sadie Hirst returned to give us a follow up talk to the one she did last year, where she talked about the history of cookery books – ‘Much Ado about Food’. She made the progression from recipes to the material culture i.e. the pots and pans with which to cook and the ‘History of Food’.

She explained that decisions about what you eat, where you buy it, whether you choose to eat meat or be vegetarian or vegan defines ourselves and our cultures. Migrants use their traditions of cooking to help remind themselves of the countries from which they have come.

Sadie began in Neolithic times and took us up to the Tudor/Stewart times.

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Report: Annual Parish Meeting 2019

The event organisers Martin, Penny and I thought that this year’s chance to meet up and have your say went pretty well. Tarts were tasted and voted on (the winner was Penny Stones’ delicious Bakewell,) ideas for naming the footpath were submitted and speed limit bin-stickers were distributed, before newly elected Parish Council Chairman Simon Tydeman addressed the meeting, listing recent achievements, current concerns and future plans.

Some of Simon’s remarks sparked heartfelt comments and suggestions, particularly regarding the quite shocking statistics gleaned from speed watch data collected by the recently installed speed warning signs, the continuing nuisance of HGV trucks traveling through the village, and of course the mystery now surrounding the recent fibre broadband installation works.  Once again “Have Your Say” proved not to be just a slogan in this village.

Our guest speaker Lydia Henry, Community Archaeologist from Heritage Lincolnshire, enthralled us all as she updated us on the progress of the archaeological dig at the Woodhall Spa quarry, known to most of us all as the gravel pits, setting out the historical and cultural context of this dig which, after a slow start, has now revealed the existence of a Roman Farm. Continue reading

Annual Parish (Village) Meeting 2019

You are invited to this year’s Annual Parish Meeting, scheduled for 6.30pm,Thursday June 6th, in the Primary School Hall, Wharf Lane, Kirkby on Bain.

Though organised by your Parish Council, this event is not a formal Parish Council meeting, but rather an opportunity for the community to meet and discuss local issues informally, and to have some fun into the bargain.

As well as a Public Forum, this year we plan to offer a fascinating talk about the roman farm recently discovered near to our village, given by archaeologist Lydia Henry from Heritage Lincolnshire, a tart-tasting session, and a name-the-footpath competition. Children from the school have been invited to entertain us and of course refreshments galore will be freely available.                 Continue reading