©Kirton News 2024

May 2007

The Editors Letter

Dear readers, we are now online at www.kirtonnews.co.uk and are very proud of it. We would be more than happy to reproduce your digital photos on our website for a nominal sum dependant on size. Send such photos by email to the editor. They could be pictures of your child’s birthday, wedding photos; the list is endless. Let us know the name of the child, age, people in the wedding group, whatever is appropriate to the photo and we will print them under the relevant picture. Then tell your friends and relatives wherever they are to look on the website. We have lots of space available on it and photos are in colour.

We often receive letters for publication and we do print the majority. With this in mind in the June edition we hope to launch a ‘Points of View Page’. We must insist letters must have a name, address, and contact number. If you wish we will say ‘writer’s name withheld’. All letters will be reprinted at the discretion of the editor – we don’t intend to get involved with your dispute with a builder or complaints regarding council tax rises to give such a couple of examples.

We had something of a crisis last month. Unbeknown to us our printer went out of business and at very short notice we located a Boston company who photocopied the April edition. The quality is not so good but we felt it best to get it out. Our apologies also go out to some of our readers who received the March edition with duplicate pages – probably our original printer didn’t care too much! We are pleased to inform you this edition was printed in Sutterton but unfortunately at considerable increase in cost.

Many of our readers enjoyed Ken Pearson’s ‘Bygone Times’ in the past. Ken has turned his hand to compiling crosswords with a local twist one of which is on page 16. This issue also contains details on how to go bowling, play tennis or go Morris Dancing.

Roger Booth

May Day & Traditional Morris Dancing

Boston Morris Stumpers have their home at Frampton Village Hall. We are a traditional Cotswold Morris Team with eight dancers and two musicians and have been going since 1996.

We perform about twenty different hanky and stick dances, dance to two melodeons and sometimes a drum. We have a very mixed team of men and women ranging from eight years to sixty, and with professions such as students, police officers, and teachers.
We are happy to dance at village events, schools, WI, etc. Last season we also danced at a weekend of dance at Whitby with twelve other teams and at the Alford Craft Market. This spring we have taken our dancing into two primary schools, talked to the children about the origins of the dance and taught them a simple stick dance.
May Day is the beginning of our year and we have been known to see in the dawn on that day.
We all really enjoy dancing and our practices are exhausting but fun. We would welcome anyone who would like to learn; no previous experience necessary.
It is definitely more enjoyable than keep fit! Further details from Rosemary Hutchinson on 722742.



Save Your Magazine

I know most of you are aware that Kirton News, the local community magazine, is run on a voluntary basis and has been surviving on revenue from ads and generous donations from kind readers. We have been thrilled with the feedback we have received from you; it has been very encouraging to us all especially our editor who puts a lot of time and effort into the magazine.

The magazine has always been free to every home in Kirton; unfortunately we now find we are in desperate need of funds to keep the magazine afloat; this is mainly due to the huge rise in printing costs together with the increase in numbers of magazines printed. We are asking the Kirton community to donate generously to keep the magazine in production. The Kirton News has been in existence for more than forty years and I am sure it would be sadly missed. It is now up to you the community to decide on its future.

Donations large or small can either be handed into Fossit and Thorne or sent to the editor; his address is on page 2. Please help!! Cash is fine but please make any cheque payable to Kirton News; thank you.

Elsie Booth - Chairperson

Kirton News Needs You!

In June Kirton News aims to hold a fund-raising sponsored walk intended to be a fun day out for all the family. To this end, I am appealing to all who may be able to volunteer their time, as well as their expertise. Safety for the walkers would be ensured by the presence of marshals, and refreshments for the hungry would be appreciated!

Can you help? If you, or some-one you know, might be interested in giving your time one afternoon, please call Tricia. Thank you.

Tricia Mortimer


Kirton Bowls Club

How about coming along to the bowls club just behind the Leisure Centre off Willington Road. Even if you don’t bowl someone will help you. It is a most enjoyable sport and you get to meet lots of people. We have matches against other clubs, many of them local. Come, have a laugh and a good time accompanied by refreshments. We are not a bunch of old fuddy-duddies and have members ranging in age from ten to seventy five. Have a go!

Call Dave Gill on 35779 for more information.

Editor’s note: my garden fence backs onto the bowling green and judging from the laughter and cheers emanating I know they have a good time over there! Not that I’m complaining.


Kirton Gymnastics Club

The gymnastic club formed in about 1929 used to train two nights a week in the Church Army Hall which was about two hundred yards down on the left hand side of London Road. This hall was open at 6.30 pm catering for the youth. It served beer, soft drinks and sometimes refreshments and you could play cards, billiards and I think table tennis.

The club was equipped with the parallel bars, the rings, the horse and mats for back flips, etc. The club often performed at the same events as the Kirton Brass Band.
The photograph of the members was taken in the early ‘30s.
The members shown were: L to R - Back row : Tom Bishop, Lance Wallace, Herbert Penny, Doug Marshall, Jack Carpenter, Jim Fossit, Tommy Webb (in a suit) Centre row: Harry Adcock, ‘Shrimp’ Upsall, Frank (Ping) Richer, ? Front row: ?,?, Jackie Sansom
I’m not sure who the ?’s are but they could be Bert Flowers, Frank Cox or Jack Storey.

Herbert Penney was the founder of the club and was its first Captain. He was also the Scout Master and owned the fruit and veg shop opposite the Stag and Pheasant. (Must have been close to the present barber shop). Herbert was succeeded as Scout Master by Tommy. Harry was an errand boy at Wanders the grocers who had a shop where the Merry Monk stands now.
Tom Bishop worked at J.Langley & Son as a painter when my father was a manager of the firm. Jim Fossit was my father’s chauffeur until the Second World War, then a painter at Langley’s before he teamed up with Harry Thorne to form Fossit & Thorne (Tyres).

Arthur Sellers

Editor’s Note: can any of our readers recognise any of the gymnasts: we would love to hear from you.

Frampton Gardening Club

Hooray! The clocks have changed and I can drive to the meetings in daylight. The March meeting got off to a good start for me. Apart from it still being light the speaker was already waiting: a rare thing indeed, so no anxious watching the door for me that night as the clock moves towards 7.30 pm. Stuart Dixon is a pleasure to have as a speaker.

His talk on the Isles of Scilly made you want to book a holiday there without delay. The slides were lovely – not only of the tropical flowers but of the seascapes and sunsets. I’m unsure when Stuart visits the Scilly Isles but it looked very quiet with beautiful isolated beaches.
We saw a castle with a garden that looked as if plants grew out of the sheer rock face.

Apparently Hermann Goering had earmarked this castle for himself when Germany won the war and the Luftwaffe regularly strafed the castle turrets, (the bullet holes are still visible), although it’s a mystery why they should given that Hermann the German was head of the German air force. Stuart also mentioned that Mary Wilson, the former Prime Minister’s widow can often be seen pushing a trolley in the local Co-op – that’s life for you – at Number 10 one day and in the Co-op the next! Harold Wilson’s grave is in the church yard.

We had a very good evening and Stuart told me he always enjoys visiting Frampton Garden Club because he is made so welcome and he appreciated our visit to his garden last year.

Names are being taken for the outing to Scampston Hall Garden on Thursday the 7th June and for the half day excursion to Easton Walled Garden on Thursday the 19th July.

The AGM is on the 31st May with a food and social evening. In June and July there are no meetings. On the 30th August Andrew Sankey will give us a talk about the garden at Sissinghurst.

Pauline Chubb

News from the Chestnuts

Trish and Shirley put on a sausage and mash meal for us; they also provided sweets for diabetics and others. We had fish and chips, apple pie and ice cream and wine on two Saturdays.

There were two birthdays this month Mrs Pearson March 29th and Mrs Cowham March 31sT.

We have bingo for the residents Tuesdays and an open one on Thursdays where every one is welcome. Trish has started keep fit again on Tuesdays.
Shirley, our cleaner will be leaving us at the end of the month which we are all sorry about; we are having cake and wine in her honour.

Some residents have been knitting articles for the premature baby unit at Pilgrim hospital; these have been parceled up ready to be delivered.

On Wednesday March 21st the Monday club took some people on an outing to the Lincolnshire Wolds and on Friday March 23rd some of the pop in people went to Springfields; both trips were very successful.

Nellie Bamber and Eileen Pearson

Methodist Juniors - Good Friday Children’s Workshop

48 children crowded into the Methodist Church on Good Friday for a fun workshop. The children learnt about the death of Jesus on the cross 2000 years ago and how God brought him back to life. Through a variety of activities including games, drama, an Easter egg hunt, songs and crafts the children explored the Easter story and found out how it is relevant in their lives today. This event was organised by the Anglican and Methodist Churches working in partnership.

Down on the Farm  

The Lord provided good weather when the Methodist Church juniors met the 12 Highland Cows, 2 ponies, geese, ducks and chickens down on the farm. After riding on the pony and trying out the tractor the children and adults enjoyed a bring and share picnic in the sunshine.
There is a photo of the children at the farm. On Sunday 20th May at 10:30 am the Methodist Juniors will be taking over! Come and join us for the Junior Church Anniversary, which will be an informal and interactive time of worship led by the children.

The Methodist Juniors meet every Sunday from 10:30 to 11:30am, new members between 4 and 10 years old are welcome to join us. Contact Sheila 722701 or Jonathan 366054 for more details. Thank you

Jonathan Cooper


Kirton Kids Club

Wow! What a quick half term! This seems to have flown by.
It has been a very busy one though with full ‘houses’ most morning and evening sessions and the children always occupied with either art or activities. The best part of all has been the chance to take the children outside some nights due to the early good weather.

The Club has a lovely outside area, with tarmac, grass and excellent tables and benches for the children to use.They take all sorts of sports equipment out as well as skate boards, scooters and buggies. There is always something to do right across the age range. They are also able to enjoy their afternoon snack outside too.
This half term along with the usual art activities, the children were busy making Mothering Sunday presents.

These included tiny hand drawn pictures in little clay frames and ‘child sized’ bouquets encased in a drawing of each child’s hand which was then decorated by the children and laminated. Something to keep forever!
Also during this half term was ‘Red Nose’ day. The children saved their ‘coppers’ and these were put into a big Red Nose bucket – the total of which was £24.00 and donated to the appeal. They also made and decorated Red Nose hats which were then worn to school. The dining area of the club was transformed with ‘Red Nose’ posters and information for the day.

Every morning the children are able to have breakfast and a drink, watch television or enjoy drawing or a table activity before being escorted to school. The evening sessions are full of arts and crafts, games, activities and toys. There are also full sized snooker and football tables. The older children have access to their own ‘chill out’ room with play stations, televisions, music system, sofas, bean bags and rugs making it a perfect room for their age group.
All children have access to the main hall though and enjoy the planned activities as well as the free play time.

The Club will be open for the usual morning and evening sessions during term time but also the first four weeks of the school summer holidays and a week in October half term. Sessions Cost: £2.20 per child per session mornings.£4.00 per child per session after school during term times, with a 10% discount for siblings.
Holiday sessions run until 3.30 pm each day and cost £55.00 per child for the week. If you would like more details please feel free to call 722426 or drop into the club during afternoon sessions.

If you have some ‘spare’ time and would like to come to the club as a volunteer for a few hours a week, please get in touch. If you think you have a particular ‘skill’ that could be enjoyable for the children, again please get in touch. We are always looking for new ideas and activities to teach the children and keep them occupied, particularly during holiday sessions. We are always open to ideas and would love to give the children chance to learn more about the local community and the people.
Just give me a call and we can arrange a time and day suitable to you.
Breakfast Club 7.30am. – to school. After school to 5.45pm.

Carolyn Sharpe - Manager


The Kirton Ladies Luncheon Club

Our meeting on the 8th March got off to a bad start as one of our most popular speakers rang on the Wednesday to say she was unable to come as she was unwell; panic stations! I felt like the old man in Dads Army who used to say ‘don’t panic’. I had fifty six ladies expecting to be entertained so I got busy on the phone and after two refusals regretfully declined, the speaker booked for April was able to switch dates and had Mr Ball talking to us about his years in the Air Force.

Mr Ball and his wife were both engineers in the Air Force for about 25 years. They had a wealth of experience and anecdotes to talk about including time in the Falklands and search and rescue work. I felt that a room full of ladies put a degree of restraint on some his stories and probably he would have been more comfortable at a men’s group, but his talk was enjoyable and we all appreciated his willingness to change dates at short notice.

There were several new faces amongst us on Thursday which was good to see; our numbers seem to be on the rise again. I only hope the switch of speakers did not put them off.

On May the 10th Jane Barns will talk about ‘life at the Flower Barn using silk flowers’ and on June the 14th Mrs Woods’ subject will be ‘artists in textiles’.
We are hoping to go to the Rose Festival at Hatfield House in June either on the 16th or 17th if there is enough interest; for further information please phone 460457.

Pauline Chub


The Mother’s Union

Our May meeting is on Wednesday the 9th May at 7.15 pm in the Methodist hall when we welcome a speaker from the Samaritans. This meeting falls in ‘Our Wave of Prayer’ week when we are remembered worldwide. There is also a deanery meeting at St. Michael’s hall on May the 21st at 7.00 pm when there will be a speaker from the Boston Woman’s Refuge Centre, which is our deanery project. Please remember to collect items of toiletries for this project.

‘Let us take action and not just words’.

Helen Airey

Kirton Library

As any parent knows, learning and education are important but it can also be fun. In the local library which is located opposite the Co-op there are reading sessions for children aged up to five years held every Tuesday and Thursday at 2.30 pm. The inclusion of props such as puppets and story sacks, along with songs and rhymes, will be sure to entertain. No membership is necessary, so please make use of a wonderful opportunity to visit the library and have fun at the same time. As a sweetener for adults there is also access to the internet although it is advisable to book the times you may wish to use it. I shall be attending, if only to hear about ‘Munch and crunch with the hungry caterpillar’! See you there!

Tricia Mortimer

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Kirton Craft & Hobbies

We are still looking for new faces to join us at our Craft and Hobbies afternoon at Kirton Town hall. All you new people moving into Kirton please come along; we are a friendly bunch; bring your craft or hobby with you and make some new friends. We meet every Friday 1pm – 3pm; look forward to seeing you.

Elsie Booth Tel: 722230

The Royal British Legion’s Women’s Section

The Kirton branch of the Royal British Legion’s Women’s Section has been fortunate to obtain several new members during the past few months.

This year’s speakers have included David Langley on his safari to Tanzania and Penny Fountain on her visit to India, with slides, both of which were greatly enjoyed.
The monthly whist drives held on the first Saturday of each month at the Town Hall continue to be well supported.

Members recently held a very successful jumble sale raising more than £200 for the Legion.

New members are always welcome to the meetings which are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Town Hall at 01.45 pm.

Joyce Williams

Parish Council Matters


Required for Kirton Youth Centre - 15 hours per week.
Further details Tel: 722900 after 7 p.m.

Kirton-in-Bloom Competition 2007

T his year there will be three sections.
Section 1 - Residential - the most colourful garden or frontage.
Section 2 - Residential - the best laid out garden.
Section 3 - Commercial - the most colourful premises/frontage.

Geoff Sharp - Clerk to Kirton Parish Council Tel:01205 361634

Opening Hours: The Parish Office (Town Hall) is open every Tuesday 
9.30a.m. - 12.30 p.m, (Tel: 01205 723972 during these times).

Website: Log onto the Kirton Parish Council Website for information:


Frampton Community Playgroup

It has been a very imaginative month at playgroup, with our activities based around ‘role play'. In addition to all of our usual puzzles, craft activities, stories and singing, we have had great fun exploring a different role play theme each week.
We started off by having our own post office and we all enjoyed being customers and the post master! Some of the children went to a real post box to post letters and then waited for them to arrive.

The shoe shop was very popular thanks to Russell Welch from Clarks. He bought along some things to make our shoe shop a lot of fun and very realistic, we even had our feet measured! We have also been buying and selling some of the finest jewels Frampton has to offer in our playgroup jewellery shop.

Now that spring is in the air (on some days anyway) we have had the bonus of once again being able to enjoy playing outside when the weather has allowed. Hopefully there is much more good weather to come. Red nose day was a great success for a very worthy cause so we joined in with the fun to raise some money for comic relief. We all dressed in red and had a bad hair day. There was some very funny and colourful hair do’s and at snack time we all very much enjoyed some fruit and marshmallows with a naughty but nice chocolate fountain! Everyone agreed it was a brilliant day and to make it even better we raised £48 for comic relief.

If you would like to like to get involved in the fun we have at playgroup, please contact Sue our playgroup supervisor on 07939 266154. Please note we have a growing list for the September 2007 intake.


April Frost

A last bright star travels the sunrise sky,
The wind is just a gentle morning sigh;
Those fearsome gales of March have all been lost,
Today there is a sparkling April frost.
And though our day begins so crystal cold
The early sky is shimmering with gold,
The radiance of day is at its start,
With hope to warm each weary wintry heart.
Morning rooks are cawing as they fly,
Birdsong fills a lovely daybreak sky,
Rejoicing for our precious light reborn,
A miracle, the golden gift of dawn.

Enid Pearson

The Registers

We welcome into God's family:

11th March - Sophie Clare Crowfoot
25th March - Layla Copeland
25th March - Jack Connor Copeland
25th March - Eleanor May Durrant

We commend to God's keeping:

3rd April Francis (Frank) William Belcher



The magazine committee wish to say ‘Thank-you’ for the following donations
which are much appreciated.

Kirton Methodist Church - £100
Kirton Community Coffee Shop - £50
Frampton Tennis Club - £5
Anon - £20
Andy (sale of scrapbook) - £4

Donations for the magazine may be taken into Fossitt & Thorne (The Green), enclosed in an envelope.