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

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Exclusive: Jill Brown reflects on the Ethel Major TV programme:

Jill Brown – Photo courtesy BBC

Following the recent TV programme about Ethel Major, hanged for murdering her husband in 1934, Ethel’s cousin Jill Brown, who brought this story to the attention of the BBC and appeared in the programme, has kindly shared her thoughts with us:

I thought it might be of interest to your readers to give a little more background to our family’s connection to Ethel Major (Nee Brown) and how I became involved in the program.

Although I now live in Kent on the South Coast my parents and wider family are from Lincolnshire and I still have many relations living there (many Brown’s!) My mother’s family were from Grimsby and my father born in South Willingham one of 6 children to Tom and Alice Brown. Grandad being a tenant farmer lived in various places around the county. My father gradually moved south due to work spending his last 50 years in St. Albans in Hertfordshire, despite that Lincolnshire was always where his heart was. Sadly my father passed away in 2017 and his wish was for his ashes to be scattered at Croxby Crossroads with other family members, back to his roots.           Continue reading

Cameo club report: April 2019

From Jill Russell

Cameo Club of Kirkby on Bain and Roughton – April 16th Meeting

At the start we wished our Chair, Carmita, well after her recent illness. Our deputy chair, Sue Bruzas, requested we sign a card to give her to show our support. We have also received a card from SANDS, our charity this year, thanking us for the contribution given to them so far.

We then had a first for our club! Instead of a talk we had Rachel Crooks from ‘Dance Fuzion’ lead us in an exercise session to music. Members varied in age and abilities but Rachel led us through a series of exercises where we could sit or stand if preferred and she sympathetically encouraged us to put as much effort in as we wished or of which we were capable!

We exercised arms, legs, hips, thighs, tummies, core etc with ever more increasing speed and need for co-ordination. We had a good laugh and a very enjoyable time was had by all. We discovered some parts of our bodies which we probably had forgotten we had! The overall message was that at whatever age exercise is good and very necessary.          Continue reading

Roman farm near Kirkby on Bain: update

If you missed the open afternoon at the quarry last December, there’s a second chance to find out about the archaeological dig hosted by Alan Stephenson, Operations Manager at the Woodhall Spa Quarry. Lydia Hendry, Community Archaeologist, Heritage Lincolnshire, who took us round the site last time, will be giving a free talk to update progress, at the Coningsby Community Hall on April 23rd, at 6.30pm.

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Ethel Major TV programme: update

Referring back to my recent article about convicted Kirkby on Bain murderer Ethel Major, I see that the episode of The BBC series “Murder, Mystery and My Family” partly filmed in the village, is scheduled for transmission on Friday April 5th, on BBC1 at 9.15 am. It will also be available online shortly after broadcast.

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Lindum Cottage rubble eyesore: update

The unsightly remains of Lindum Cottage, demolished in March 2018, have at last been moved out of sight.  The “eyesore” issue was originally raised at the Parish Council meeting last November, and was discussed once again at this month’s meeting. Following action by East Lindsey District Council, in December the present landowner, understood to be Coningsby building company Costellow and Tokelove, crushed the demolition rubble, but left the pile close to the main road through the village, causing further complaints by those living near the site and others passing through.

Photo taken yesterday 21/03/19

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Fibre Broadband – the cables are going in!

Image courtesy ChannelBiz UKHaving learned recently from Lincolnshire Broadband Programme Manager Steve Brookes that  “……work is currently on hold because of high build costs…..” imagine my surprise this morning when I saw fast broadband fibre cables being installed in Kirkby on Bain main street. I had a chat with one of the installation crew, and he confirmed that they were installing fibre-to-the-premises cable today. They also kindly allowed me to take a picture, provided they were not in shot:

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