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Digital Hub A Huge Succsess

Friday the 3rd of May saw the successful launch of Kirton’s very own Digi-Hub, a new initiative from Boston Borough Council funded by money from the UKSP fund.

 On the first Friday of the month a team of professionals will be at Kirton Town Hall to give guidance with the digital world we live in. In future months we will also bring on board Kirton Medical Centre, professionals in Wills and Power of Attorneys, all conveniently accessible within your own village.

 This new initiative has been funded for a year and the Parish Council look forward to meeting as many of you as possible to see if there is anything we can help you with in this digital world. 

A big thank you to the Digi-Hub team and everyone who came along, we look forward to seeing you all next month.

Kirton Primary School Says ‘Goodbye’ to their Long-Serving Headteacher

Mrs Donley, the long-term serving Headteacher, will be retiring from our local primary school in July.

Mrs Donley was appointed to the position of Headteacher at Kirton Primary School back in 2007, following two previous successful headships, and has led our local school for 17 years. When Mrs Donley inherited Kirton Primary, it was unable to meet the most basic, minimum, floor standards set for a primary school. At the same time, the school was on a long, downward trend of declining academic results and behaviour – and was considered in the county to be a ‘sink school’.

In the 17 years Mrs Donley has led the school, they have become one of the highest performing schools, not only in Lincolnshire (regularly topping the league tables), but one of the highest performing schools in England.

Under Mrs Donley’s leadership, the school has won multiple, national awards, and has appeared in multiple local and national publications. The school has also had film cameras in school on numerous occasions such is the profile of and regard for our widely acclaimed local school.

It was Mrs Donley who introduced the school’s Bank and Shop, built the Coronation Gardens and glasshouses, installed the climbing frames and gym equipment, extended trips to all year groups, brought in free after-school clubs and invited educational visitors into school.

The clamour for places at our village school hit such a high in 2014 that it was reported on BBC Look North. The Local Authority was forced to build a £2 million extension, expanding from a two-form entry school to a three-form entry school, to accommodate the growing demand from parents in our village and the wider area.

Mrs Donley has quite literally transformed Kirton Primary School. She has put Kirton on the map and made the school everything it is today – a thriving, popular and successful village school.

Mrs Donley’s vision and innovation will continue to inspire everything the school does as Mr Neall takes on the mantle of Headteacher in September. As the current Head of School, Mr Neall has worked closely with Mrs Donley and the Governors for many years. The transition from Mrs Donley to Mr Neall as Headteacher promises to be a seamless process.

In the meantime, we wish Mrs Donley a long, happy and well-earned retirement!

Kirton Bowls Club History

Kirton Bowls Club was formed in 1924 by a group of locals on land rented from Jessops (at that time a local baker). In the following years it progressed to be successful in the Boston Bowling Jack League. The members built a small hut to keep everything in and this was updated in 1953 (the members bought a second hand snooker building to form a pavillion).

In 1975 they extended the green by 40 yards square so that 6 rinks could be played in either direction (bowls had moved on to rink play). 1975 was also the year the ladies were permitted to join the club! That was a big year!

In 1988 the club had all it’s equipment stolen so the members built what was known as an air raid shelter to protect everything in the future.

In 1991 they started to build a new pavillion after the ground had been purchased from Mr P Jessop. The only way they could build the pavillion was by building one wall a year! They did this by lifting the roof up and then building the wall underneath. The following year using cash leftover the members built the veranda. The new roof was fitted after a small area of the land was sold and made into a garden.

A small bar was available until cost and insurance made it unviable in the 1980’s. A Portacabin was purchased in the mid 1990’s and fitted with a second hand kitchen given to us by one of our members. Again, most of the work being done by our members.

We had to close the club in 2020 because of COVID but opened up again in 2021 (under COVID guidelines) with most of our members returning. We had to have all our electrics updated because of new Health & Safety regulations. Over the years the club has had help from a number of very good members and continues to do so. We look forward to the future.

The club membership has been declining for the past few years and we now have between 20 and 25 members. The club runs teams in the Boston League EBF on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, Boston EBA on Thursday and the Coningsby League on a Friday. An open friendly afternoon is available to all members, non member players and beginners. Everyone is welcome and a cuppa is included!

A message from the Chairman of Kirton Bowls Club:

First of all, I would like to introduce myself. I am Mark Moore, Chairman of Kirton Bowling Club. This year marks the centenary of our club.

The club, according to records, was formed back in 1924 on the same site as it is now. Looking at some of the old photos in the clubhouse there were around 100 members back in the 1940’s (now we have around 25). How times have changed! I guess in those days people had limited social activities.

On Sunday 30th June this year, to commemorate the centenary year, we are staging an open pairs tournament. We have had a good response for this event with all 24 teams booked up. Bowlers will be travelling from as far as Bedfordshire, Nottinghamshire, Norfolk, Lincoln, Skegness and Sleaford including the local Boston league. Many of these visitors are County and International bowlers.

We feel privileged to have attracted some of the finest players around to help us celebrate our centenary.

On the day of the event, play will start at 9am and will run to around 6.30pm. There will be a raffle and refreshments available to purchase on the day. We are a dog friendly club so if you’re out for a walk, please pop in. Why not drop by and lend your support to our 100 year old club? We’d love to see you.