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

Steve Plater slams local roads at village meeting

In response to a question at this year’s Annual Parish Meeting, champion motorcyclist Steve Plater agreed in public that the state of our local roads was a disgrace and potentially a matter of life and death. “Don’t get me started” he said, but encouraged by the positive reaction in the primary school hall, he did just that, criticising Lincolnshire County Council Highways Department’s apparent indifference.

This year’s meeting had got off to a heart-warming start at the Primary School Hall, as a small but excited group of younger children sang songs that many will remember with affection from their own schooldays. Most of the audience joined in, before taking part in a new venture – the village bake-off, scoffing delicious tray bakes and marking them out of ten. The outright winner was Jill Hilton and there was no shortage of scrummy leftovers taken home after the meeting. Continue reading