Broadband update: Community Fibre Partnerships

Over the last few weeks John Dudley and I have been exploring this relatively new Openreach scheme which applies only to those who live and work in “remote” areas who cannot access the internet by fibre optical cable and who are not on an existing fast broadband rollout. We now appear to be in that category.

Put simply, the idea is that internet users in such areas should raise part of the initial costs of laying a fibre cable to the nearest telephone cabinet themselves. In our case this would mean a share of the costs of laying a cable from the nearest fibre-enabled cabinet at the Woodhall Spa end of Kirkby Lane to our local cabinet opposite the Ebrington Arms, plus the necessary electronic equipment to handle the data.

Frankly, we are sceptical. We have studied the details and asked ourselves some basic questions: Continue reading

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Parish Council Meeting, November 2017: Update

A scheduled meeting of the Council was held on November 2nd in the Primary School Hall, Wharf Lane, Kirkby on Bain, starting at 7.00 pm.

Three members of the public attended, along with Lincolnshire County Councillor Bradwell and ELDC Councillor Craig Leyland, both of whom offered useful advice and information during the meeting.

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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

Annual Village Meeting: Have your say and have some fun

Last year the Kirkby on Bain Annual Parish Meeting attracted a record number of local people and invited guests, filling the primary school hall in Wharf Lane almost to capacity. Martin, Penny and I have been busy since then planning this year’s event, now called the annual village meeting, scheduled for May 18th, starting at 6.30 pm.

Once again children from the primary school will be top of the bill and they are working right now on their opening routine. The details are a secret of course but I have an idea that music might be involved.

Other highlights will include a bake-off, a local photographic display, an open forum, refreshments and guest presentations, including a keynote address by international motorcycling champion and local hero Steve Plater.

Let’s fill that hall once again! Download full details

If you have any inquiries, please get in touch with Martin Briscombe: Continue reading

Anne Rawson remembers Kirkby on Bain

From Anne Rawson, who used to live here:

I have some memories of Kirkby, but it was the April of my sixth birthday when we left so some memories have faded. Others come back with a little prompting.

I was born at No 1 The Elms, which doesn’t appear to have changed much to this day. I did indeed attend the school. Mrs Spears the headmistress said that I might as well attend school earlier than expected because I used to go to class with my older brother anyway. There were two classrooms, my brother, being three years older, was in the larger room and and I was in the other. Unfortunately I cannot remember the teacher’s name. Continue reading

Parish Council update

A scheduled meeting of the Council was held on Thursday January 5th, in the Primary School Hall, Wharf Lane, Kirkby on Bain, starting at 7.00 pm. 

Following an interesting presentation by Amaryllis Midgley on developments at Jubilee Park in Woodhall Spa, a member of the public reminded councillors of serious concerns over the state of roads in the village. Thanks to both for bringing these matters to Councillors’ attention and to East Lindsey District Councillor Craig Leyland for his helpful advice on other matters arising from the meeting. Items on the agenda included: Continue reading

Thanks Edward, you have put us on the map!

The bar at the Ebrington Arms was packed at lunchtime today as local historian Edward Mayor launched his fascinating historical map of Kirkby on Bain. Copies were selling fast at a fiver each and Edward was thrilled at the response to his latest initiative.

 

If you missed the launch or you want more maps, A3 size copies are now available at The Ebrington Arms. Continue reading