Everyone wanted RAF base

Members of Tealby WI who took second place at a drama festival back in 1966
Members of Tealby WI who took second place at a drama festival back in 1966

A ROW was brewing in the Wolds this week back in 1966 as to who should have control of Binbrook RAF Station.

The station, said to be about the size of Market Rasen, had been established in the former extra-parochial hamlet of Orford, which was included in the parish of Stainton and therefore part of Caistor rural district.

However, Binbrook Parish Council was laying claim to the station, saying it should, “for the sake of administrative convenience”, come under Binbrook.

Stainton Council agreed to “most forcibly oppose” any attempt to change the boundary, which they saw as an attempt to steal a neighbouring parish’s assets.

Other news making the pages of the Rasen Mail 46 years ago:

l A recruitment drive was being launched at Market Rasen to build up the local fire-fighting unit.

The team at Rasen was currently five below strength and resources were being severely stretched.

Caistor was also described as somewhat below strength.

l It was another stage hit for Market Rasen Amateur Dramatic Society as they presented their spring production – Fish out of Water.

Dr F W Shegog was cheered appreciatively as he took his bow as producer on the first night.

Those taking part in the play included Madge Shegog, Hilda Balean, Steve Vickers, Hester Shipton, Ida Hall and Rex Wheeldon.

l A large congregation gathered at West Rasen Church for the induction of the Rev W H Wilmore, of Middle Rasen, as rector.

Mr Wilmore had been priest in charge since January 1965.

And finally...................

l County sheep were on the increase.

Two new flocks of Lincoln Longwools were registered – and both were in the Market Rasen district, which had been long regarded as one of the county centres for this breed.

The flocks had been formed by two top breeders of long standing – Mr F W Knapton of Hall Farm at South Kelsey and the Smith brothers of Poplar Farm at West Rasen.