Road safety problems near Kirkby on Bain school

Back to the bad old days?

The continuing problem of dangerous and inconsiderate parking near Kirkby on Bain Primary School during term time has been discussed at recent Parish Council meetings. Residents have noticed an increase in the danger to children, traffic congestion and obstruction of private drives, caused by a minority of inconsiderate drivers delivering and collecting children attending the school, despite white-line advisory road markings.

As a first move to improve the situation, Lincolnshire County Councillor Patricia Bradwell has recently enabled the removal of the kissing gate at the Main Street end of the Secret Path to allow improved access to and from the school (and the nearby nursery,) by pedestrians with pushchairs. This suggestion was made last year by Parish Councillors who remember the park-and-walk system which was partially successful in reducing the parking problems a few years ago, until the kissing gate was installed. This scheme depended on an informal agreement between the landlord of the Ebrington Arms pub, who offered free off-road parking at the pub, and Simon Morley, the school head teacher at the time.

Councillor Bradwell has also requested the LCC Schools Road Safety Officer to come out to look at the parking situation at going to and from school times.          Continue reading

The Secret Path: it’s official now

On behalf of the Parish Council, many thanks to the merry band of residents who braved the chill wind and the usual traffic mayhem just before school home-time today to cheer on Councillor Tydeman who praised this latest Parish council project and complimented Sue Carroll on winning the naming competiton. Here are some snaps:        Continue reading

A secret no more

Last June twelve Kirkby on Bain residents entered a competition to name the hitherto nameless path connecting the primary school to the Main Street. Once all entries were in, a vote was held and the winning entry was The Secret Path, suggested by Sue Carroll.  The Parish Council duly commissioned signs, now installed at either end of the footpath, which will be officially opened this Friday at 3.15pm, at the school end in Wharf Lane. All welcome.

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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

Dads to ride a hundred miles for school nature reserve

Two Dads of children attending the Kirkby on Bain Primary School have volunteered to complete a 100 mile sponsored bike ride on 16th October to raise money to further enhance the school’s nature reserve and to boost opportunities for all pupils to enjoy outdoor learning.

Mr Cassell and Mr Eke have planned a route that visits 18 Lincolnshire nature reserve sites, reflecting the reason for raising the money. They are riding a mile for every pupil in school and you can support them via their Just Giving page. Continue reading

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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