©Kirton News 2020

April 2020

The Editors Letter

As my letters to you inevitably start with something to do with the weather, will someone please reassure me that Spring is around the corner? According to Ciara and Dennis, it’s still a long way off yet! I do hope you and your fences all managed to escape unscathed – it did get a little hairy there once or twice!

We are happy (and relieved) to report that the magazine collections from the Town Hall went really well and we would like to send a wholehearted ‘Thank You’ to our fantastic band of distributors who were very understanding and accommodating.

This month in our ‘Meet The Locals’ feature we will be talking to Ola from Orchard Medispa, a deluxe beauty day spa just outside Kirton (on the road to Sutterton). If you would like to promote your business or you have some memories of growing up and/or living in Kirton, we would love to hear from you!

You may see that the front cover is asking for budding artists! I will be running a competition shortly in partnership with Kirton Primary School to give one young artist the chance to design our May front cover! This year commemorates the 75th anniversary of VE day so with that in mind, I will be sending flyers out to the school later this month asking the children to create a front cover with the theme of ‘bravery’. One lucky winner will get to be the front cover and win a prize! There will also be a prize for the best runner-up. So, if you have any creative children or grandchildren who attend the school, get them to sharpen those colouring pencils!

We don’t blow our own horn enough do we? We certainly don’t here at the magazine. We deliver to over 2300 homes and businesses in Kirton and have the mostly widely read community magazine, I believe, in the Boston area. If you are looking to advertise, do contact us at Advertising@kirtonnews.co.uk. We will be happy to discuss your requirements.

Equally, if you’ve just read the BEST book and you want to shout about it, let us know! We would be happy to post a book review or a really fail safe recipe! The reason we’re here is to bring our community closer together and to be able to share the good things in life.

See you in the Spring!


Meet the Locals:
This month we’re meeting the proprietors of Orchard Medispa,
a beauty spa on the outskirts of the village.

1) Please tell us a little bit about Orchard Medispa.

We have a deluxe beauty spa, a medical aesthetic room specializing in laser and a podiatry room, all our clinicians/beauticians and podiatrists are highly skilled and qualified.

2) When did Orchard Medispa open in it’s current location?

January 2017.

3) What are your most popular treatments?

Aesthetics - skin tag removal. Nouveau Lashes - LVL (lash lift)- your own lashes but better. The original natural lash lift is a revolutionary treatment to lengthen, volumise and lift. An alternative to lash extensions but still leaves your natural lashes looking fuller and longer, less maintenance and         results last up to 6-8 weeks (includes a tint). Podiatry - ingrowing toe nails. Beauty - Chocolate and marshmallow whip indulgence facial; indulge             your senses whilst your skin experiences a deep exfoliation from raw chocolate and superior hydrated infusion of marshmallow extract, HA, royal jelly and honey. This mask heals, soothes and botanicals  protects the skin barrier.

4) What’s the best thing about running a business in Kirton?

As we are on the outskirts of the village people do feel like they’re coming to a completely different environment; especially with how we have designed the Orchard Medispa. We do also offer free client parking. 

5) Do you have any plans to expand or offer anything new in the future?

We have opened a podiatry clinic in Boston, down Fountain Lane.

6) Are there any current offers on at the moment?

Yes, do check out our Facebook pages: Orchard Medispa, Orchard Orthotics and Footcare and Orchard Nouveau Lashes.


Kirton Church Fund

The winning numbers for February will be printed in the April magazine.

The March draw takes place on Sunday 22nd and the winning numbers will be printed in the May magazine.

Both our January winners have had previous wins. Congratulations to them.

Normally in February I have received the books back after their annual audit and I check through them to give an update on the winning streaks. However this year I have not yet received them back so an update will have to wait.

Another new member joined in January bringing our total of members currently taking part to 53 so welcome aboard and good luck to them. We do however still have plenty of room for more members and there is a very good chance of winning in the Kirton Church Fund monthly draw.

You too could join the Kirton Church Fund (KCF) monthly draw and win! Anyone over 18 may take part. Registration forms are available from Fay, (01205 723529), or call in Kirton Church (forms at the back of church), Paula’s Gifts on Station Road, or Kirton Library.

The prize fund each month is 1/4 of the money taken each month. The rest of the money goes to the Kirton Church. The more people that join the higher the prize fund and the more money we raise for the church.

Data protection. All information (name, address and phone number) of Kirton Church Fund members is held solely for the purpose of managing Kirton Church Fund and is not passed on to any other organisation or used for any other purpose.

If you would like more information about Kirton Church Fund please give Fay a ring on 01205 723529.


I have just been informed that because of a change in the gambling laws since the Kirton Church Fund was set up we can no longer offer a discount and all entries must cost the same i.e. £5 monthly and therefore £60 annually. I am sorry for this and hope that you will continue to support KCF.


January 2020 Winners

1st PRIZE - £42.80 - TICKET NUMBER: 1
2nd PRIZE - £14.27 - TICKET NUMBER: 35


Letters to the Editor

Hi Rachael

We held the Fosdyke Tractor Run & Charity Event on 12th May 2019 and now have all the money collected in and would like to let everyone know how much was raised on the day.  This year the event raised a fantastic £4311.86 for local Macmillan Cancer Support.

Thankyou to everyone who supported the event and for all the generous donations.

Russell Nicol


Kirton Kids Club

The Kids Club is very busy again at the moment and places have filled up in the last month.

The children have been involved in Chinese New Year art and Valentine this term.

We decided this year to have a Valentines tree.

It looks lovely with all the different coloured sparkly hearts hanging from it.

They have made a heart archway as you walk into the club and lovely cards to take home.

Just a quick ‘thank you’ to the ladies who helped club staff get the children across the busy road outside the newsagents the other night when it wasn’t possible to use the crossing.

These lovely people helped stop the traffic and get the children across with us. Thank you both so much.

Breakfast clubs starts at 7.30 am and after school sessions finish at 5.45 pm. If you want more details of what we do etc please go to kirton kids club online and you will find us.


Website: kirtonkidsclub.co.uk

Email Address: kkc09@live.co.uk.


Kirton Primary School Features in the ‘Top Ten Best State-Funded Primary School in Lincolnshire for the fifth year running!

We are delighted and proud to announce that Kirton Primary School has been ranked the eighth best primary school in Lincolnshire, making the top ten best schools in the county for the fifth year running out of over 300 state primary schools in Lincolnshire. In the four previous years, our village school has been ranked the best school in the county and we are proud to confirm it retains its title as one of the best schools, not only in Lincolnshire, but in England.

Lincolnshire Live said of The Real Schools Guide: The guide takes a comprehensive look at each school in the county and provides a thorough insight into 45 different aspects - including not just KS2 results but factors like progress, pupil-teacher ratios and absence rates.

The Real Schools Guide, now into its eighth year, has been praised by ministers and education experts alike. Former schools minister David Laws called it ‘public service journalism in the best tradition’. This guide aims to move beyond more limited measurements and give parents a better idea of which schools will help their child prosper, no matter what their background may be.


Discover Boston Woods

I expect most people in Kirton and the surrounding villages know Westgate Wood and Jenny’s Wood which, along with the Oak Wood and the wildflower meadow, make up the Sir Joseph Banks Country Park and Woods. If you don’t, they are well worth a visit, we are situated between West End Road and Old Hammond Beck Road and alongside Westwood Fishing Lakes on Five House Lane.

Regular visitors will have noticed that we are very busy thinning out the willow and any dead ash to give the younger oaks room to grow. We have already planted some new hazel as understory and next autumn we will introduce a better mixture of native trees. The woods need constant management to provide the best possible conditions for long term development. One advantage of the tree thinning has been the improved view of the snowdrops which are putting on a good show this year. We also have firewood for sale, please contact Steve on 01205 723954 for more information.

You may not all be so familiar with our Fenside Woods which are also developing into interesting places to visit. Grange Wood is quite small but has been upgraded with new all-weather paths and a significant amount of woodland management which has quite changed the ambiance of the wood. In Beech Wood we are delighted with the carvings Nigel Sardeson has made, funded by the Lincolnshire Co-op Community Fund. There are now five to find and admire and we hope children will be encouraged to make up stories about why they are there!

The woods are part of an ambitious project to provide an arc of woodland around the west side of Boston. Woods are so important for many reasons, to help combat climate change, to increase biodiversity by providing varied habitats for wildlife, for the health and wellbeing of us all though exercise and enjoyment of a natural space. Eventually we will also produce good quality timber but this is why it is such a long term plan, we have to start today to make changes that will affect the world in 50 or 100 years’ time. Can you be a part of this project? A small contribution of £20pa will help with the regular maintenance or if you have spare time why not come a help with the practical work. No experience is needed, and we are a friendly bunch who will make all volunteers welcome. See the website for more details or Frances on 07845 481621, or BostonWoods.Fran@gmail.com, www.bostonwoods.co.uk/support-us.



irton Parish Council Meeting Minutes
- October 2019

Public Forum

One member of the public who wanted to know what was said at the last meeting regarding parking around the centre of the village. She wanted to clarify the blue badge situation with regards to parking within parking slots.

Consider co-option of applicant

The panel had sat (consisting of Cllrs Sharp, Turner and Brotherton) and they had met with the applicant. They had then sent a brief report to the councillors. Cllr Cole abstained from voting as his wife is friends with the applicant’s wife. The remainder voted unanimously to co-opt Kurt Mather. Mr Mather was absent as he had work commitments, the Clerk will forward him all the relevant paperwork prior to the next meeting.

Chairman’s comments

The Chairman welcomed all to the meeting. He read a letter of thanks from two residents who attended the Senior Citizens Party.

The Chairman addressed the meeting with the following:

“As we come to the end of the year, we find time to reflect on the past 12months. We started with 11 councillors and we’re finishing with 11 councillors, albeit with a predominately fresh council. 

Several long serving councillors (former councillors D Smith, C Rylott, M Hannay and R Foster) chose not to stand for re-election and shortly after, former councillor Sue Ransome resigned.  

I, on behalf of the Council would again like to thank them for their service to the Parish and the time they gave freely. 

As we leave 2019, the Council goes into 2020 with 4 (possibly 5) new Councillors and under new leadership after the shock resignation of former Councillor David Danby. 

David, had been both Vice Chairman and Chairman, and gave immense amounts of time, possibly more than most, to the village in order to make it better. An example of which can be seen with the refurbishment of the Town Hall, which we can all agree looks a fantastic symbol of the village, and I, as well as the council thank you David for the service you have given. 

The major events of the Parish, Remembrance Sunday and the various Christmas events have grown year on year. The parade gets longer, the Christmas lights get bigger and brighter, the senior citizens party gets more mouth-watering and Kirton Carols gets better each year.  I would like to thank all those people and organisations involved for all their hard work and time in making these events what they are. 

In closing I would like to say, Councillors are only one part of the team that delivers the success. We can’t forget Belinda our Clerk, Barbara our village warden and finally those that volunteer when the call goes out for help, such as for traffic control at Remembrance Sunday and community speed watch to name just two.  Volunteering is free, not because you’re worthless, but because you’re priceless. 

Thank you, Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. “

The Chairman also thanked Cllr Bemrose for all her work over the Xmas events.

Apologies for absence and reason given

Cllrs C Lidgett, L O’Connor and I Turner sent their apologies and reasons for absence which were accepted by the Council. Cllr Welton did not send his apologies but was absent.

Receipt of any declarations of interest in accordance with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011, and to consider any written requests for dispensations in relation to members’ disclosable pecuniary interests.

Cllr Bemrose declared a personal interest in Town Hall on the agenda as her mother is Chairman.

She is also a parent governor at the Primary School.

Cllr P Watson is on the Boston Borough Planning Committee and will take no part in item 14 on the agenda (planning).

Cllr Sharp declared an interest as he is on the Kirton Youth Challenge as a trustee, he is also on the 4th Boston Scout Committee.

Cllr S Watson declared that her husband Cllr P Watson is on Boston Borough Planning Committee.

Approval of the minutes of the previous meeting

Cllr Bemrose proposed, with a second from Cllr Watson and unanimous agreement, that the notes of the meeting dated 21st November 2019, previously circulated should be recorded as the minutes.

Police Matters

PCSO Williams reported that since the last meeting there had been 6 reported crimes:

1 x burglary of a construction site – undetected

1 x drunk and disorderly and breach of the peach – 1 arrested

2 x thefts from motor vehicles – investigation ongoing

1 x shed burglary – ongoing investigation

1 x burglary of a dwelling – ongoing investigation

At the recent Xmas fayre, PCSO Williams sold 10 sets of bike lights. He said that this would help with the issue of youths riding around without any lights, but would not solve it.

Following on from an email sent to the Police Inspector at Boston asking for some help on this matter, a reply said that there is a need to provide support to our Neighbourhood Policing Team and as such officers would be deployed to the village to patrol when available.

The update on the fire culprits is that the JDP (a group dealing with young offenders) will be in touch to set up a meeting with the Council. The 2 youths that will be dealt with in this manner will also be required to go on a fire safety awareness course.

Frustration was voiced from the Council when PCSO Williams confirmed that despite the moaning on Facebook and the pleas to report incidents to 101 or online, NOT ONE REPORT had been made by residents in the village regarding the youths on bikes in the village.

Viewpoints on questions from members of the public

Nothing further to action.

Matters for the attention of Lincolnshire County Councillors/Boston Borough Councillors

Cllr P Watson asked what was happening regarding the 30-mph zone on Skeldyke Road as nothing had been reported back and there had been no change. Cllr Austin said that she had a meeting with the Highways Manager and has asked for a drive round the parish to show the Highways Manager the outstanding issues. Cllr Brookes informed members that even if a decision has been made by Highways, a Traffic Regulation Order could take a very long time to go through due to the backlog caused by austerity.

Cllr Brookes confirmed that the Dyke in front of Dennis Estate is being monitored through the gully cleaning contract. Any problems will be reported back where necessary.

Cllr Austin reported that there are ongoing issues with sewerage at Middlegate Road.

One of the z’brites is now on but not very bright. Clerk to ask Highways whether overhead illuminating can be installed to show up pedestrians at the crossing.

Accounts for payment /Finance

1) Accounts for Payment – as per payment sheet dated December 2019/20 (9 of 12)

The accounts were approved unanimously for payment.

2) To consider approval of the precept request for financial year 2020/21 as £69932.43

After a suggestion from the Clerk (due to the increased number of dwellings in the village) it was resolved to set the precept at £70000.00. This was resolved unanimously to accept. The figures were checked and the Clerk completed the paperwork request for the Borough Council.

3) The Clerk informed members that usually she would not recommend joining the Lincolnshire Association of Local Council’s training scheme as it was not normally cost effective with the amount of training needed, but due to the number of new councillors and therefore the amount of core training that will be required, it was cost effective to join it this year. All agreed.

Report from the minutes of the previous meeting/Clerk’s report

Uneven pavement reported on the pavement on the Frampton side of Horseshoe Lane, in poor state of repair. Was scheduled to have been done but never carried out. Reported to LCC ref 342401.

LCC report that they need to investigate this matter further

Cllr Austin agreed to chase this up.

Cllr Austin informed members that this work has now been scheduled to be done

The update on the LCC site is:

This fault will be assessed for the possibility of future permanent works and prioritised according to our Highways Asset Management Plan.

Contacted Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership regarding the crossing issues on Station Road, I have asked for their help in enforcing the double yellow lines outside the Kebab shop plus have asked about the possibility of having the columns to the ‘z brites’ changed to illuminated ones.

Road Safety (Accident Investigation) Manager is in talks with Andy Wharf at Highways at the Borough.

He will also ask the parking Enforcement Team to visit the village over the next few months as a priority.

Cllr Austin agreed to chase this up.

Cllr Austin told members that this matter was not deemed high on the priority list by Highways, but it could be looked at again when the evenings get darker. Cllr Hannay will forward a photograph of the columns on the crossing which clearly show that the columns could support being lit.

Clerk emailed Mr Wharf to ask for an update.

LCC looking into repairing the columns

Clerk been in touch with the St John Ambulance regarding Restart a Heart – they are happy to come and do a day after Christmas.

Correspondence received which the Council are invited to resolve on

1) Rural/Market Towns Group – call upon local authorities to raise the profile of rural communities. Would like to know if Kirton would like to be involved in helping create this group – carried forward from last month’s meeting.

- Members felt that the questions they had asked of the group had not been answered. They wanted to know how much time would be expected of them, also how much membership would be, despite specific questions being asked, the answers had not been given. To this end they resolved not to continue with this.

Town Hall

No Town Hall Management meeting to be held until the New Year.

After discussing it with the Park inspector, the grassed area at the rear of the Town Hall could just have railings along the car park length rather than enclosing the new play equipment with railings all 4 sides, when it is installed.


Moles reported by clerk to pest control.

Parish matters

1) Reports from committee meetings held since last Council meeting.

All Xmas events were very well attended. Some of the xmas lights will be returned to where bought from as they have been disappointing in quality. The power boxes will also need some reconfiguring in the New Year once the lights have been taken down.

The Xmas committee will meet again in February to begin plans for 2020.

The Neighbourhood Plan will go ahead. A meeting will be held in the New Year.

Community Speed Watch is going really well with on average on session recently per week. A new member is due to join the group too. CSW highlighted the speed the cars can come into the village on Boston Road, Cllr Champion asked whether it could be looked at with a view to extending the 30mph speed limit further back to Middlegate Road – Cllr Brookes will meet with Highways and ask for this to be considered.

2) Update on Park Inspections/Public Meeting/Insurance etc following on from the fire.

3) Consider VE Day commemorations for May 2020

The Clerk will email all members in the New Year to form a committee to take this forward

4) Formally approve finance committee’s recommendation of contractor for the War Memorial area.

Cllr Bemrose did not vote due to knowing personally one of the contractors. The remainder voted unanimously to accept the Finance committee’s recommended quotation. Clerk to chase a start date.

Reports for Various Bodies

The Chairman had met with the owner of the Kirton Cottage, who said he was worried about youths coming out of the footpath in the Churchyard and going straight onto the road. Members discussed this and resolved that they would look into having a barrier of some description on the footpath in the Churchyard which would slow the youngsters down without blocking it to other users. Cllr Bemrose said she would approach the secondary school for help in this matter in the New Year.

Cllr Bemrose reported that the street cleaning had been done recently although the machine could not get in everywhere due to the works on London Road. She reported that the road outside the Kier site on London Road had blocked drains due to the leaves/mud in them and she will report on fix my street. Rainwater is very slow to clear away. She will also report the drain near the roundabout on the right as you leave to go into Station Road on the far side due to being blocked with leaves.

Cllrs Brookes and Austin left the meeting.

Planning applications:

B/19/0484 – application for a lawful development certificate for proposed siting of mobile home as a family annexe to rear of property at 2 Drainside South, Kirton – NO OBJECTIONS

B/19/0495 – Two storey rear extension with associated alterations at Ascalon, Drainside South, Kirton – (Cllr Bemrose declared a personal interest and took no part in discussions) NO OBJECTIONS.


The View from the Vicarage

Dear Friends,

I am writing to introduce myself as Interim Minister in Kirton. I have been asked to lead the parish alongside retired priests Father Alan Taylor and Reverend Doreen Brown, whilst the church looks for a new parish priest.

I have been training to be a Vicar in the Parish of Boston since 2017, and I still live in Boston, rather than at Kirton Vicarage. I am married to Mike, also a Vicar and also Chaplain to the Port of Boston, visiting crews on ships at the local docks. I am now working full-time in Kirton, and excited to be to serving Kirton as your priest.

As well as our weekly Eucharist Services (Thursday 9.30am and Sunday 11.00am), I will be leading Morning Prayer in the church on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9.30am. The church will be open on these days until 12 noon – do pop in if you would like to meet me for a chat and a cuppa, or if you would like to enjoy the peace and quiet of our beautiful church.

During Lent, Christians use this 40 day period before Easter to prepare, often by fasting - giving up something we love to eat or drink – usually drinking coffee and eating chocolate for me! We might also prepare by taking other actions such as saying extra prayers, reading something spiritual, or by making donations to a charity, or doing some charitable work. During Lent we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness.

This year, the Church of England has launched a Lent campaign to encourage us to appreciate and protect the created world around us. In Kirton we are holding a Lent Group in church on Thursday mornings from 10.30am until 12noon from 27th February until 2nd April. Each week we will be exploring a different topic: Light and Energy, Water, Land and Plants, Stars and Seasons, Creatures of Sky and Sea and Humans and other Animals; particularly thinking about what we can do together and individually to protect our world for future generations. Do join us if you can – all are welcome.

I am excited to be serving the Parish of Kirton. If you would like to contact me, please email me on revsuerose@outlook.com; for general enquiries about christenings or weddings please contact our parish administrator on 07598 987199.

Reverend Sue Rose