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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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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Have your say and celebrate with us…..

……at this year’s Kirkby on Bain Annual (Civil) Parish Meeting, scheduled for 7pm Thursday April 28th 2016, in the Primary School Hall in Wharf Lane.

It’s not a regular Parish Council meeting with a strict agenda, but an informal get-together – your chance to tell us what you really think about life in this village, to suggest how we might improve things, to socialise, showcase community activities and celebrate recent achievements.

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Three thousand stars in Boston

If you don’t believe this, you can see them for yourself in St Botolph’s Church (aka the Stump) until January. 3,000 Christmas tree stars and a nativity scene knitted by people across Lincolnshire, all dedicated to family, friends, memories and even pets.

Called Christmas Knitivity, this imaginative project was organised by BBC Radio Lincolnshire in partnership with St Botolph’s Church. Local radio staffers and Boston parishioners got together with Oldrids store to decorate more than 30 trees with these unusual stars. Continue reading

The KoB Krafters

Penny_150From Penny Stones:

The KOB KRAFTERS group meets on the last Tuesday evening of the month at a member’s house. Our friendly group meet to chat, drink tea and coffee, knit or crochet and discuss all things woolly for a couple of hours! We compare notes, put the world to rights and show off our work.

There is help with woolly problems and we have lots of laughs. For more information ring me on 01526 353739