Choose a name for that footpath!

The Parish Council launched its latest competition at the recent Annual Parish Meeting. The idea was to name the footpath that runs from Main Street to Wharf Lane, just opposite the school. We now have now twelve entries, so all residents can vote for the winner. Please vote for one name only, using the voting papers in the book exchange / phone box, and leave your paper in the box provided, by August 31. Here’s the list, in no particular order:

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Phone box update Spring 2019

From Martin Briscombe:

Readers of Kirkby Awake….

Due to the very generous donations of books from friends and residents of  the village for the book exchange, the entire library in the telephone box has now been replaced in readiness for the summer.  We now have many new titles and favourite classics, together with two full shelves of children’s books for the Nursery, School and visiting children to pick up on their way to and from home.

The telephone box itself is scheduled to have a spring clean, with a internal vacuum  and a new coat of red paint on the outside when the weather improves.              Continue reading

BBC visits Kirkby On Bain telephone box

From Martin Briscombe:

BBC Radio Lincolnshire programme Pirate Gold visited our telephone box last Sunday as one of the clues of their treasure hunt around Lincolnshire. They had previously visited Beckingham, Leadenham and Tattershall College before solving the very difficult clue of “books in red box” when they arrived in Kirkby.

They just had time to discuss how obsolete red phone boxes we being converted in to many things : art galleries, libraries etc., before solving clue 5 and shooting off. They finished up at Ashby Puerorum with 40 seconds to spare! Very good programming !
Their visit was short but sweet but at least Kirkby got some good publicity.

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Wanted! Children’s books

Photo: Martin BriscombeFrom Martin Briscombe:

Wanted for the Book Exchange

We have had a good uptake of children’s books from the Telephone Box during the summer holidays, so if you have any surplus books you think other children would enjoy, could you please put them on the lower shelves in the box? Thanks very much. Continue reading

Telephone box garden theft

At some time after 3pm yesterday (22/07/2018) two terra-cotta tubs were removed from the little garden next to our phone box (book exchange) by the bus stop. This garden was created and is maintained by a resident, at her own expense. She noticed that the tubs were missing when she passed through the village at about 9pm.

If you removed the tubs, please replace them. If you have any idea who may have been responsible for their removal, presumed to be an act of petty theft, please use the form on our Get in Touch page to make your comment; this will not be published and your identity will not be divulged. If the tubs are not returned, they will not be replaced by their owner, and our village will be the poorer for their absence.

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Kirkby on Bain phone box book exchange in the news

I recently posted a reply to a tweet by Visit Lincolnshire extolling the virtues of a phone box book exchange in another village, just pointing out that we had one too. Lo-and-behold we now have a page of our own on their website. Here’s the blurb:

“The iconic red phone box has seen a resurgence and never more so than in the village of Kirkby on Bain. Lovingly refurbished by a hard-working community, it has been converted into a free book exchange. Drop off those titles cluttering up the bookshelf at home and uncover new ones you might have missed. Recycled colour-washed pallet wood was used for the shelves and information board. A local book group stocked the shelves. A couple of large logs from the churchyard are outside as bus stop style seats.”

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Wanted : Books for Telephone Box

From Martin Briscombe

Following a very successful uptake at the telephone box this summer, the stock of all books is somewhat depleted. In particular we need children’s books, from Toddler right up to Teenager. So if you have read books that you or your family have enjoyed please drop them off at the box for others to do the same. Thanks so much for your help