Festival welcomes over 150 visitors to St Marys, Kirkby on Bain

This weekend 158 visitors came along to St Marys Church to admire our community’s contribution to the 2018 Horncastle and Villages Churches Festival. The Church was transformed in commemoration of those who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars. Feedback was very complimentary and many visitors commented on the transformation of the church and the individual displays, all donated and arranged by parishioners. There was special praise for the idea to feature over a thousand knitted poppies, both red and white. This morning children and teachers from the primary school took a break from the classroom to see what can be achieved by a dedicated and creative community team.

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Horncastle and villages Churches Festival Weekend

Welcome to the 2018 Horncastle and Villages Churches Festival – a celebration of a rich architecture and heritage, of beautiful tranquillity and spirituality. This year many of our churches will be paying special tribute to those who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars.

Every church has a story to tell, and at St Mary’s the focus  will be on the the village during the Great War. Visitors are invited to view the war memorial stained glass window unveiled on Trinity Sunday, 30th May 1926, flower arrangements, and special displays including over 500 knitted poppies, a World War One book collection and other memorabilia.

Entry is free on Saturday and Sunday 8th – 9th September from 10am to 4pm and refreshments will be available.           Continue reading

Unarmed behind enemy lines

John Dudley has come across a remarkable film about John Blyth, an 18 year-old just out of high school who was trained to take pictures of damage done to German targets by US bombers in 1944. He flew in a British Spitfire fitted with extra fuel tanks where the guns were suppose to be. In other words, he flew over Germany unarmed. At 18 years old, he was all alone, behind enemy lines, with no guns, no escort, and he gladly did it.

This documentary, filmed in 2005, is built around an interview with the then 83-year-old Spitfire pilot, combined with sequences extracted from two suitcases-full of 16mm home movies inherited by filmmaker William Lorton from his great-uncle who served as a Flight Surgeon. Wait for the golden moment when John sees his 18-year-old self on archive film for the first time.


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Kirkby on Bain historical walk

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

Cameo Club report: July 2018

CAMEO CLUB OF KIRKBY ON BAIN AND ROUGHTON- July Meeting

On 17th July Sadie Hirst from Woodhall Spa gave us a very interesting talk called ‘Off the Beeton Track’ Vintage Cook Books. Being involved in the well known butcher’s shop in Woodhall she felt her long interest in cook books sat very comfortably with the shop and the re-creation of recipes from the books she has been collecting over the last twelve years. She feels baking is ‘in her blood’. She said that cookery books speak much more than just the recipes but that she has found all sorts of interesting items within the pages detailing often the life history of the person who owned them and often contained a social record of the time.                          Continue reading

Kirkby on Bain students dig for victory at Lincolnshire Show

This week Kirkby on Bain Primary School students entered their Victory Garden in the Lincolnshire Show Schools Challenge, an initiative run jointly by The Lincolnshire Agricultural Society and The EBP, a social enterprise which delivers a wide range of enrichment programmes to young people aged 5 to 19 years.

Students were tasked with the challenge of researching, designing and building a mini garden allotment to reflect the theme of the famous victory gardens started during World War One. Continue reading

Old Maps of Lincolnshire

I recently came across a fascinating blog post by Dr. Caitlin Green, featuring a collection of early maps of Lincolnshire. Caitlin describes herself as a historian and writer whose professional interests lie in the history, archaeology, place-names and literature of late Roman and early medieval Britain.

She explains: “This post is primarily intended to share images of some of the interesting early maps of Lincolnshire that still exist, dating from the medieval era through until the early seventeenth century. Details of each map and a brief discussion of the principal points of interest—including the curious region-name ‘Ageland’ that appears in eastern Lincolnshire on many of them—are provided in the captions to the following image gallery, which I aim to add to over time.”

Some interesting early maps of Lincolnshire Continue reading