©Kirton News 2023

October 2013

The Editors Letters

Fruitful Autumnal greetings to all in Kirton. What shall we moan about this month then?

The new Puffin crossing is up and running in the village centre - nothing there!

The war memorial has shiny new steps and the re-furbishment makes it a fine and fitting tribute to those who have fallen. Nicely in time for the Armistice celebrations.

Will the traffic be stopped during the service this year? Potential December moan there then; but not for now.

Litter and dog fouling don’t seem to be too much in evidence at the moment - all power to Barbara’s elbow once more, and the Friday Club.

Not much to whinge about in that quarter.

There was a splendid display put on by many of you for the Kirton In Bloom competition (congratulations to Carol and the Black Bull). Those last persistent palettes blending seamlessly into the vibrant colours of Autumn.

I could moan about the Library situation, along with many of you out there, but - as mentioned inside - the best thing would be to lead with one’s feet and continue giving support rather than waste breath on bleating about the shame of it. Mrs. ‘B’ - keep those chariot wheels well oiled!

Ah... the Skatepark [or lack of it]; but, even there, some progress is being made. Initial plans have been discussed and a ‘ball park’ (or ‘skate park’!) figure mentioned by way of a costing.

The News is hoping to bring you more accurate, and definite information next month, but children and parents be aware! We are talking in the realms of a five figure sum - perhaps even starting with five or six - so, if you DO want it to happen there’s going to have to be an awful lot of well organised fund-raising going on. It’s not going to happen without a lot more hard graft!!!

To that end, the article on the centre spread of this issue on Co-Op Community Champions might stimulate some interest.

Even that’s not a REAL moan though. Never mind - something will turn up!

Lastly, on a personal note, I’ll say a final “farewell” to the irreplaceable Geoffrey and thanks for all those inspiring conversations. I know a few more of you out there have some difficult times ahead. Mr. and Mrs. ‘G’, you’ve got some very good friends who are here for you. Bless you.

Stay safe Kirton, as those nights draw in; make sure those woolies are well aired.



Lincolnshire Credit Union

Linc up is the introduction of the Universal Credit, causing you to worry about how you are going to manage your finances?

Don’t Worry, help is at hand with the Lincolnshire Credit Union’s new: START ACCOUNT. The smart way to manage your priority bills

Who is it for?

Anyone who would like help managing their budget and making sure their priority bills are paid

What does it do?

• Helps LincUp members organise their priority payments

• Prioritise rent and mortgage payments to reduce the risk of eviction

• Helps reduce the chance of falling into arrears with utility companies

• Remaining funds can be saved or loaded onto a Credit Union Prepaid Card or paid into another bank account.

Contact us for full T’s & C’s.

We also offer:
• Safe Ethical Savings
• Affordable Loans
• Reduced Loan Interest Rates
• No Early Repayment Fees
• Prepaid Card
• Budgeting Advice
• Christmas Savings Club
• Junior Savings accounts

Why not join Your Credit Union? The Smarter Way to Manage Your Money We have sub-branches/collection points all over Lincolnshire.

Coming soon! – Kirton Branch

Find us at: Chantry House, 3 Lincoln Lane, Boston PE21 8RU, Every Thursday 10 – 3 pm, or For More Information visit: www.lincscreditunion.org.uk. Tel: 01522-528886

Use your smart phone to click on the logo to take you to our website:

Lincs CU Trading Details

Lincolnshire Credit Union Ltd trading as LincUp is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Also a member of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, the Financial Ombudsman Service and ABCUL. Firm No: 21376318 Reg No: 659C Registered Office 18 High Street, Lincoln, LN5 8BE.


The Kirton Church Fund

After talking about lucky people in last month’s magazine we have again had a lucky winner, number 12 has won for the second time. The winner is part of a husband and wife team who have numbers 11 and 12 and number 11 has also won twice. Congratulations to this lucky pair!

You too could join the Kirton Church Fund (KCF) monthly draw and win! Anyone over 18 may take part. Registration forms are available at Kirton Library, Nat West bank in the village or from Kirton vicarage.

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. There is plenty of room for more members (and a very good chance of winning).

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

The October draw takes place on Sunday 27nd and the winning numbers will be printed in the December magazine.

For more information about Kirton Church Fund please ring Fay on 01205 723529

August 2013 Winners



Brings Back Memories

Someone asked the other day, ‘What was your favourite ‘fast food’ when you were growing up?’

‘We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,’ I informed him.
‘All the food was slow.’
‘C’mon, seriously.. Where did you eat?’
‘It was a place called ‘home,’’ I explained. !

‘Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.’

By this time, the lad was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I’d figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore jeans, set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card.

My parents never drove me to school... I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed (slow)..

We didn’t have a television in our house until I was 10.

It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at 10 PM, after playing the national anthem and epilogue; it came back on the air at about 6 am. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people...

Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers --My brother delivered a newspaper, seven days a week.

He had to get up at 6 every morning.

Film stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the films. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or almost anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don’t blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it?


Kirton Kids Club

Kirton Kids Club offers parents and carers the chance to extend their day either side of school hours.

Before school children are offered a varied and healthy breakfast menu and play, then escorted to school by staff with younger children taken to their class rooms and older children playing with their friends until school bell.

After school at the club, children are offered an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of toys, crafts, sport and construction (to name a few) to keep them content, happy and safe until they are collected again.

Kirton Kids Club has been running nearly fifteen years, offering childcare at affordable prices to parents and carers in and around Kirton village.

The facilities are big, modern and bright and enable children to be ‘children’ – they play, socialise and are happy and content with staff and play mates, giving their adults peace of mind either side of the school day,

If you would like a free taster session for your child/children please feel free to pop in and look around our building ( the Youth Centre next to Kirton Church) or alternatively, phone 07583 762072 or contact us via email kkc09@live.co.uk or visit our web site @kirtonkidsclub.co.uk or follow the link on the school web site.

We are here to help keep children happy safe and occupied and give parents and carers the peace of mind knowing their children are well looked after and happy.

Look us up on the net www.kirtonkidsclub.co.uk and see where we are and what we do via pictures. We look forward to seeing you!

Sutterton Surgery Society 200 Club
Be in it, to WIN IT - Win big prizes and support your local Surgery

Here are the final August winners of the 200 Club, we hope you have all enjoyed taking part over the last two years.

Diane and Bob have been overwhelmed by the kind words received from the members we shall miss you all. From the Surgery thank you for your support.

August 2013 Winners

Booking the Trend

Many will be aware of the Lincolnshire County Council’s need to shave 2 million pound from the Library budget. Donington, Coningsby and our own Kirton Library are under threat.

Many of you will have filled in the consultation document available at the Kirton Library, or completed the on-line form. I hope you have because the numbers will count.

The consultation period ends on September 30th. Analysis takes place in October and the decision made in December. Although there is a faint whiff of inevitability about the building these days time is still precious.

We need to continue using the service whenever possible to back up the staff, and others who really care about the service.

Go and see Mrs. “B” on a Friday, outside the Library between 11am and noon. She’ll persuade you if no one else!

The Parish Council have fought our corner to the extent they can, and the request for volunteers which appeared in our September mag has produced some promising results.

Should the service go over to one that has to be run by volunteers (preferable to a travelling library, I think) then all the help that can be mustered will be needed.

So please, keep getting in touch with Parish Clerk Belinda Buttery; 01205 460618 or belindabuttery@hotmail.com if you want more information about helping out - if the worst happens!

Fingers firmly crossed for a positive result!


Hall for Hire

Kirton Town Hall is a familiar part of village life. Recent years have seen splendid re-furbishments and a dramatic increase in the use of the building by the general public. It’s an excellent venue for parties and celebrations; concerts and community events; sales, exhibitions and much more.

But it is also an ideal forum for business-to-business use; meetings, conferences and training courses.

The more it is used the more the management can update and increase the facilities provided.

Sunday to Friday charges are:
Whole building: £10.80 per hour - £19.40 after 5pm
Hall only: £9.20 per hour - £15.10 after 5pm
Upsall Room only: £5.90 per hour - £7.60 after 5pm
Saturday: Whole building: £18.40 per hour - £20.90 after 5pm
Hall only: £14.20 per hour - £16.80 after 5pm
Upsall Room only: £7.60 per hour - £10.15 after 5pm

There’s crockery and cutlery to hire; excellent kitchen facilities and posh chairs if you want to impress!

More information about hiring the Hall can be obtained from the booking clerk, Lisa Porter: 01205 724826.


Popular money course to run again
as people need tactics to cope with
recession and benefit changes

Kirton residents are being given another chance to get their finances in order with a popular free course being run by a local church.

Members of Kirton Parish and New Life Churches who have been trained by UK charity Christians Against Poverty, are again running the three sessions aimed at helping the local community to best handle the current economic downturn.

Money Coach Carol Lidgett, who will be leading the sessions called the CAP Money course, said:

“If you know how to save and budget effectively, it can have a hugely positive impact on the whole family. With households feeling the squeeze on their disposable income, we’ve all got to get a bit more savvy about our money to get through these tough times.”

The CAP Money course has been found to be useful for newly retired people, soon-to-be students, mums dealing with mounting bills, families saving for a wedding and everyone in between.

She added: “We hope that we can help people, quietly and confidentially, take the guess work out of their situation so they can plan for the future, sort out any problems early and come through unscathed.”

The next course is planned for October. To find out more about the CAP Money course or to book your place visit www.capmoney.org or telephone Carol on 01205 724507

The CAP Money course isn’t for people with debts (though they can be catered for). It’s for everyone – students to the newly retired, single people and for families because we’ve seen that learning how to set a budget and stick to it helps to debt-proof people in the long term.

Christians Against Poverty is a home-grown debt counselling charity which is determined to reduce poverty in the UK caused by debt. For more about CAP see www.cap.org


Co-Op Community Champions
Share in £63,797

From Scout troops to lunch clubs and day centres to wildlife groups, members of Lincolnshire Co-op have raised an enormous £63,797.72 for more than 80 local good causes in the past three months.

The Community Champions scheme sees every one of the Society’s 219,000 members linked to a good cause close to where they live.

Between June and September, every time they’ve used their dividend card in any Lincolnshire Co-op outlets where points are issued – a donation from the Community Champions pot has gone towards their local good cause.

The Community Champions will now be awarded a cheque or some vouchers for the total amount raised by shoppers in their area, which they can put towards their projects.

Lincolnshire Co-op is encouraging members of local groups and organisations who need money to put towards a project to apply to become a Community Champion. An application form is available to pick up in store or access at www.lincolnshire.coop/communitychampion.com

Membership and Community Manager Sam Turner said: “We’re thrilled that our members have managed to raise such an impressive total for so many good causes in their local areas.

“We’ve also been delighted to see banners going up and our Community Champions really rallying their supporters to help raise funds just by doing their shopping.

“Our champions change every three months so we have the chance to support lots of groups throughout the year – if any organisations need help with a project we’d really encourage them to apply to be a Community Champion.”

Here’s what some Community Champions have raised:

Members raised £998.12 for Navenby Friendship Club. They will be buying their own set of Kurling stones and other communal games so they can play in a team environment.

Members raised £277.86 for Farndon Wildlife Watch Group. The money will pay for a digital projector, information materials and craft items for groups visiting the Farndon Willow Holt.

Members raised £997.85 for Walcott Village Hall. It will go towards redecoration after a building project and new curtains or blinds.

Members raised £594.06 for Crowland Youth Club. It will be spent on craft items, sports equipment and Wii games for the club’s new building.

Members raised £543.60 for Morton Playing Field Association, in Gainsborough, which will go towards a new children’s play area on Morton Playing Field.

Members raised £414.73 for Wybers Wood Primary School, in Grimsby. They will be buying fixed play equipment such as new goal posts and target games.

Members raised £255.31 for Skegness Citizens Advice Bureau which will be put towards refurbishing the waiting area making it comfortable, informative and accessible.

Members raised £902.48 for Cherry Willingham Children’s Centre. It will be spent on developing an outside story telling area in the garden underneath the cherry tree.

Members raised £745.95 for Spilsby Lunch Club. The money will go towards providing good meals for members at minimum cost.

Now this set of Community Champion’s three months is up, new champions take over and members have begun raising money for different local groups. Shoppers can check the bottom of their till receipt from Tuesday 17th September to see who they’re supporting now or look for displays in store.

The Community Champions are picked by Lincolnshire Co-op’s nine Members’ Groups, made up of dividend card holders from across the area.

As well as being one of around 320 Community Champions for local outlets each year, charities and community groups can join the central list. People can then choose to make them their Community Champion all year around. At the end of the financial year, Lincolnshire Co-op will add up all the money raised for local groups on that list and pay out the total.

Groups can apply for either via an application form which they can pick up in store or access at: www.lincolnshire.coop/communitychampions.



The Registers

Baptisms - We welcome into God’s family:

Abbie Anne Golding

Weddings - We ask God's blessing on:

Karl Michael Bates & Julie Irene Robson

Renewed wedding vows:
Paul & Andrea Bell

Funerals - We commend to God’s keeping:

Constance Evelyn Taylor



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

Kirton Sisterhood...........£25

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