Banks to close in Horncastle

It may be about to get easier to park in the marketplace in Horncastle, but this will be of no comfort if you need to use the nearby HSBC or Natwest branches. The HSBC branch is due to close in June, and the Natwest in September. Both banks attribute these closures to the move to internet and mobile banking.

Bad luck for those who will lose their jobs and for customers who have no access to the internet or still have slow broadband and poor mobile coverage, or live miles from the nearest Post Office. For the residents of Kirkby on Bain, this leaves only the Barclays Horncastle branch and Lloyds in Coningsby within striking distance, and if the same logic applies, who knows how long they will last? Continue reading

Free parking in Horncastle might return

Horncastle and ELDC Councillor Fiona Martin announced at a town council meeting last Tuesday evening that as part of East Lindsey District Council’s latest review into car parking, there may be a 30-minute free parking period in the Market Place in future. While stressing the proposal has yet to be ratified, Councillor Martin said that combined with the retention of all day free parking at The Wong this could only benefit the town.

It strikes me that it would also benefit residents of neighbouring villages such as Kirkby on Bain who lost access to the only bank in Woodhall Spa in 2012 after it’s ATM was robbed by ram-raiders in 2010. If the proposal goes through, you’ll have the choice of three banks opposite the market place without shelling out for parking. But you’ll have to be quick!
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Local library invites you to a book signing

Horncastle Library welcomes local author Joni Daniels who will be signing her thrilling but moving debut novel “The Hub” on Thursday 26th January 10.00am – 12.00pm 2017. Paperback copies of the Hub will be on sale at £7.99

Joni’s heartbreaking story exposes the criminal and abusive practices of the psychiatric care facilities and the apathy of a broken health care system. Library article Continue reading

Horncastle Christmas Concert

Horncastle and District Choral Society presents excerpts from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and a selection of carols at St Mary’s Church, Horncastle at 7.30pm on Saturday December 10th. Admission is £7 to include refreshments, and tickets are available on the door or from choir members.

The choir is conducted by Caroline Chadderton and accompanied by Chris Hinkins. Soloists: Gail Hinkins, Gerald Moreton. Len Sutton, Isobel Wilson and Paul Wright.

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Going out in and around Woodhall Spa

Our last selection of things to do for this year:

 

 

 

November 26

Photo courtsey Rotary Club of HorncastleCome along to the Rotary Club of Horncastle’s Senior Citizens’ Concert. It’s at Banovallum School in Boston Road from 2 to 4pm, and attractions include the Horncastle Ukelele Band, Horncastle Community Choir and the Julie Deane dancers. Entrance is free and fun is guaranteed. Contact Mike on 01526 569870 or 07789 647 792. Last years’ concert Continue reading

Fungi walk

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Horncastle and Woodhall Spa Area Group are organising a Fungi Spotting Walk, scheduled for Sunday 30th October, starting at 10am in the Woodhall Country Park, on Stixwould Road. The walk is free, and should take about two hours or more. Check here for updates to the event date – subject to the summer weather bringing forward the fungi season. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather on the day.

“Come along and learn more about fascinating fungi. Please note that specimens will only be taken for further identification, none will be gathered for consumption!”

Check out the Wolds Words Festival

wolds_words_2016_150The Wolds Words Festival is back again in October, celebrating the rich, diverse and unique culture of rural Lincolnshire. This year Horncastle features for the first time, joining the traditional venues in Louth, Spilsby and Alford.

 

In Horncastle the Community Cinema Club offers film screenings in the Stanhope Hall on 19th October and 23rd November. For the details visit their website or email thestanhopehall@hotmail.uk. The club is operated for the benefit of the community by a small dedicated team of volunteers who aim to show a wide range of films. Tickets are available from The Horncastle Music Shop or on the door.

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