VILLAGE NEWS: EAST BARKWITH

Pub to host three-day beer festival.

BEER FESTIVAL - The Crossroads Inn will be hosting a three-day beer festival next month.

The weekend festival begins on Thursday, September 8, with a Batemans’ Meet the Brewer evening from 7.30pm, featuring ten real ales and merchandising offers.

The beers will be available again on Friday, September 9, with food available on both nights.

Live music will round the festival off on the Saturday, featuring Diva Strop and Slimline Poppas, with beers from four Lincolnshire Breweries and some well known favourites too available.

There will be food from the barbecue available all day and, to add to the fun, there will giant games and inflatables, with face painting too.

EVENING SHOW - Flowers, fruit, vegetables and floral art will all be on display at the Barkwith and District Gardeners Association’s evening show, to be held in the village hall on Friday, September 2.

Members of the Association and residents living within a ten mile radius of the village can enter and the exhibits can be staged on the day of the show from 7pm until 7.45pm.

Tea and biscuits will be available in the committee room while the hall is closed during judging and entertainment will be provided on a gardening theme.

Visitors are invited to go along and view the exhibits after the judging has been completed and the presentation of awards will take place at the close.

SPECIAL OPEN DAY - Arbury Hall, near Nuneaton, was still being used as the setting for the filming of Land Girls when it was opened up specially for a visit by a party of members and friends of the Barkwith and District Gardeners Association. The guide gave a brief history of the house and told of its owners and described its many treasures as they strolled through the respective rooms absorbing the beauty and skilled craftsmanship of years gone by.

Once the tour was over, recording of the Land Girls programme was able to continue and the visitors enjoyed wandering around the lovely gardens at their leisure.

The day trip ended with a stop at the Elite Fish and Chip shop for supper.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE - Fumbling my way to the Altar was the title of the talk given by Brian Smith to members of the WI at their recent meeting, when he related amusing tales and anecdotes about various weddings.

There were lots of entries in the competition for a wedding photo, which attracted pictures of family members taken over a period of many years and provided added interest. The next monthly meeting will be held in the village hall on Thursday, September 10, when it is traditional for members to have their annual harvest celebration, which features a huge charity auction sale of produce.

The speaker for the evening will be Jackie Newborough and she will be invited to help offer the donated goods for sale, with the chosen charity this year being the Tower Restoration Fund for the village church.

Notice was given of events arranged by the County Executive, including a croquet session at Woodhall Spa and a quiz at Louth. Margaret Jessop had entertained by showing vintage fashions, from her collection gathered over the years, at an earlier gathering.

The clothes ranged from those worn in the 1930s through to the 1950s and many members recalled wearing similar outfits in their younger days.

The clothes were passed round for the audience to admire, and try on if they wished, and it proved to be a very enjoyable evening.