©Kirton News 2023
The Editors Letter
When my kids were younger [and cuter], a favourite story book was about a clumsy Afghan hound called “What a Mess”. Some of you may remember the charming stories written by that comic genius and doyen of ‘Call My Bluff’ Mr. Frank Muir. That ‘mess’ was a result of some sort of canine dyspraxia and usually quite amusing. Increasingly, local canines appear to be causing a ‘mess’ of a different order and the good Burghers of Kirton have asked me to highlight said problem.
As usual, I’m sure this is a case of the few tarnishing the reputation and good practice of the many. It is a subject we discussed some time ago in Kirton News and (I like to think) something that had some positive impact at the time.
However, especially with the season and the inevitable increase in leaf litter, etcetera only serving to mask potential hazards, the Parish Council have come up with a three point statement highlighting areas which they would very much like all of you responsible Pooch Possessors out there to take to heart......
1. If anyone knows of or sees someone they know of allowing their dog to mess and fails to clean it up they may report it to the Borough and they will fine that person. If they do not want to do so directly they can do so via the Parish Council.
2. Swineshead has two volunteers training to become Dog Mess Wardens (not sure that is the correct title). If anyone in Kirton would like to undertake training for this role please contact Belinda Buttery, Clerk to Kirton Parish Council on 01205 460618.
3. The council intends to spray any poo found with bright coloured paint to highlight the problem.
So, let’s try and keep the streets completely clear of these annoying and hazardous deposits, eh?
Whilst on the subject of something missing from the streets (and bars) I’ve just had news of one of our recently departed local characters which quite amused me. The Late incumbent of SS P&P, Fr. Gary Morgan, who, as many may know has taken over shepherding the faithful of Wainfleet has recently been made official Chaplain to Batemans Brewery!! Do you reckon he’s managed to wangle some sort of liquid Tithe with the job?
It’s so good to see folks enjoying their labours! Happy Hallowe’en - and for that matter, All Hallows Day!
The Kirton Church Fund
Our luckiest player wins first prize again! Their number was first out again for the September draw and second prize winner has also won before. Congratulations to them both.
We have had a new member join us in September. Welcome aboard!
There is still plenty of room for more members (and a very good chance of winning) in the Kirton Church Fund monthly draw. Anyone over 18 may take part and you can join at any time during the year. You can do it monthly if you wish at only £5 per month. (£50 if joining for the whole year and £28 for 6 months.) Registration forms are available in church or from Fay, please ring 01205 723529. Why don’t you come and join us?
The prize fund each month is 1/4 of the money taken each month. The rest of the money goes to the Kirton Church Fund. The more people that join the higher the prize fund and the more money we raise for the church.
The October draw takes place on Sunday 25th and the winning numbers will be printed in the December magazine.
The November draw takes place on Sunday 22nd and the winning numbers will be printed in the February magazine.
For more information about Kirton Church Fund please ring Fay on 01205 723529
August 2015 Winners
1st PRIZE - £36.62 - TICKET NUMBER: 11
News from Kirton Parish Church
Church ServicesAll church services continue as normal. Service times are displayed on the church notice board. If you are passing, pause a moment and have a look at the information on the notice board.
The church notice board also displays ‘A Thought for the Month’, as well as details of future planned church activities and events. It is regularly updated.
Fund-raising Coffee Morning
A fund-raising coffee morning held in church raised £140 for The Macmillan Cancer Charity.
The Social Afternoon
The next Social Afternoon in church will be held on Wednesday 4th November, 2pm – 4pm. This will be the last one for this year before the club takes a winter break.
The Christmas Tree Festival
This year Kirton Parish Church will be holding its 6th Christmas Tree Festival over the first two weekends of December. It will be open on Saturdays 5th December and 12th December from 11am – 4pm and on Sundays 6th December and 13th December from 12 noon until 4pm.
Matt Warman, Member of Parliament for Boston & Skegness has very kindly agreed to open the Christmas Tree Festival on Saturday 5th December at 11am.
Once again the church will be filled with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, all sponsored by local clubs, societies, organisations, schools and businesses and there will be musical entertainment on different days during the Festival.
This year there will be a children’s Christmas Trail around the church, with prizes for the first three correct entries drawn at the end of the Festival.
There will be a grand raffle with a Christmas hamper as first prize and a good range of other stalls including crafts, homemade cakes and preserves, Christmas cards and a lucky dip. As always, a good choice of refreshments will be available throughout the Festival.
Make a note of the dates. The Christmas Tree Festival is well worth a visit!
Letters to the Editor
Objection to Planning Application
I write with reference to the proposed plan to build 9 houses at the rear of the shops at 7-15, Station Road, Kirton,
I have several objections as follows;
1) The building of these houses means the removal of the brick built garages. One of these garages we use for storage for the many kind donations that we receive for our charity shop. The money raised from the shop subsidised the many camps, visits and activities that we as a group provide the 80+ young members. Losing storage space will severely disrupt the fund raising capabilities for our group. The Scout Aid shop has been well supported by the local community for over 20 years and many residents would be disappointed to see it in decline.
2) The opening up of the rear of the properties will increase the opportunities for vandalism and theft. At present it is unused and quiet so of no interest to anyone but once building starts it may give people ideas in how they can abuse the area.
3) There are insufficient parking places, being only 12 as oppose to 9 houses. As most homes now have 2 cars + those of visitors, the 2 spaces designated for the shops (all of them) use will be usurped by new residents. This will be especially the case if the new owners rent the house to multiple occupants.
4) The entrance to the site is only one car width and the extra traffic will cause problems along Station road, especially when you see the Co-op entrance almost opposite and the amount of traffic that uses the short cut part of Station Road. Take into account deliveries to various business and the traffic snarl up is complete. The movement of traffic in and out of the site will be very dangerous to those families who walk their children to and from the local primary school.
Lesley Lanfranco, Group Scout Leader
Does anyone else out there object to this? There is another application to build over a hundred dwellings on the disused ‘Mani Firs’ site on London Road. The development of nearer 200 around the health centre is rumbling on.
Do we really need all this when long standing services (Beeson’s Butchers; The Villager Fruit n’ Veg; Fossit & Thorne, The Green) are falling to survive?
Seems a bit queer to me; with all these new (potential) residents you would think business should be booming! What do you think? Let me know in time for next month’s edition.
Kirton Kids Club
There has been an abundance of conkers this year – as I am sure all parents of younger children will know.
The big chestnut trees that over hang the kids’ club play area have been kind to the children and dropped lots of their spiky fruits over the fence for the children to ‘find’.
It is lovely how excited they are when they open the green outside skin to reveal the bright shiny conkers inside.
And it does not seem to matter how many they already have – there is always ‘room for one more’.
With the conkers has come the colder weather thought – stopping us from being outside quite so much. But inside play is just as much fun!
This term we have had, amongst other things - a pumpkin party’ – when everywhere was decorated with pumpkins and party games included pumpkins somewhere in them.
The children also got through a mountain of ‘Halloweeny’’ style party food and lots of drinks. It was a lovely evening and all children attending went home with party bags of goodies.
We have grown our own pumpkin this year too! Yes just the one – but it was an impressive one and came from the seed the children saved from last years pumpkins.
The children helped cut and scooped this fine specimen which decorated the dining area until the end of term.
The breakfast club is now very busy and children enjoy a hot or cold breakfast and a play before school. They are escorted to school by staff and children taken to their classrooms.
After school children meet in the school hall for registration – younger ones picked up by staff and older children bringing themselves to the meeting place.
After school children are given a ‘high tea’ included in the price.They then have an Aladdin’s cave of toys, equipment and games to play with until home time.
Breakfast club starts at 7.30 am and costs just £3.50 per child per session.After school ends at 5.45 pm and costs only £5.50 per child per session.
For more information of a free ‘taster session’ please call 07583 762072.
Ofsted and Charity registered.
At the end of the summer term, several talented story writers from Kirton Primary School entered their tales into a competition run by Young Lincolnshire. There were over 70 entries from across the county and the school is delighted to report that the overall winner was one of their very own pupils, Thomas McMeechan. Of the eight highly recommended entries, three winners were also pupils from the school: Harriet Moore, Isabelle Harmon and Olivia Atkinson. Quite a sweep!
All four children are to receive prizes presented to them by Matt Warman MP and will also have the opportunity of hearing their stories read by local actors at a presentation event.
The school is immensely proud of their achievement.
Wanted: 10pin Bowlers
for Wednesday mornings at Boston Bowl to play in the white Heather League from 10pm to 12 noon, Start ASAP: price £2 per game max 3 games a match. Free tea, coffee & biscuits. Play in all ready formed league. Interested? Call Boston Bowl on 01205 359525 or A. Limb on 01205 723102.
Please Help The Friday Group
A loyal bunch of volunteers regularly meet on Friday mornings to spend a couple of hours keeping the centre of Kirton tidy and free from litter and weeds.
But their numbers are falling fast (as are the Autumn leaves!)
If you think you could spare some time to help please contact any of the team on a Friday morning, Ian Turner or any member of the Parish Council.
Birthdays come and birthdays go but this last WI meeting was a lovely celebration of Frampton WI 79th birthday.
This month’s edition is a bit full of serious stuff. As a little lighter relief I’d like to introduce a couple of poems. Relevant to the season we have a new contributor and an old favourite.
Our first is a local lady of mature years who has, only recently, put pen to paper. Our second, Gladys Seabrook who has written many a verse since the 1970s, and is, or rather was, an unrecognized talent.
Sadly Gladys passed over early in 2014 but has left some perfect gems:-
Autumn is a time that I love;
My memory leads me through the haze
But now I live amid the maze
Gladys Seabrook (1926 - 2014)
Baptisms - We welcome into God’s family:
Weddings - We ask God's blessing on:
Funerals - We commend to God’s keeping: