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Issue No 5
Brookenby’s Community Newsletter
Newtoft to become UK’s biggest solar farm (Extract from Rasen Mail)
West Lindsey District Council has granted
planning permission for a 50MW solar park on
the site of the former RAF Faldingworth base.
The project will see 196,000 south-facing solar
modules installed across 150 hectares.
When completed, the project is anticipated to
share the title of the largest solar farm
development in the UK.
The potential solar farm site is situated on flat
brownfield land which is well-screened, making
it ideal for PV development according to
planning and design consultancy Barton
The developer of the site, Lunar Energy,
predicts that the 50MW solar farm will generate
enough electricity to power over 12,000 homes
– mitigating the emission of 500,000 tonnes of carbon dioxideover the project’s lifetime of 30 years.
Chris Collett of Barton Willmore said: “This under-utilised former airfield was an ideal site for solar energy
because of the topography and limited visual impact. By providing clean energy to more than 10,000 homes it
will make a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions in Lincolnshire.
“We currently have relatively few large photovoltaic operations in the UK. This solar park marks another step
towards the UK’s aim of having 15% of all energy generated from renewables by 2020, reducing our
greenhouse gas emissions by moving to a low-carbon economy.”
RAF Faldingworth was used during the Second World War by Number 300 (Polish) Squadron. Before it was
decommissioned in 1972, the base was used to store nuclear weapons.
Following the now withdrawn planning application for wind turbines, we tend to feel that a similar application for
solar panels in Brookenby might find greater favour locally, given that they are less visually intrusive than wind
turbines. Let us know what you think. Ed
Good News for Tourism
New figures indicate that an increase in the number of visitors pouring into Lincolnshire saw the county raise
£1,115 billion in tourism revenues.
The figures for 2012, from Lincolnshire Research Observatory, looked at the amount of tourists visiting the
county, and how much they spend.
Data found that 17,419,000 people visited the county, with just over 14 million visiting for the day.
All these visitors spent £1,115 billion during their stay, with £74 million spent on recreation, £190 million on
food and drink and £103 million on accommodation.
Lincoln benefitted from £152 million of this spend, but the biggest pull for the county was East Lindsey,
making £495 million from tourists.
For Lincoln, this is a 4.8% increase in spends and a 3% increase in visitors on the previous year.
In the county overall, tourism revenues improved by 1% — about £10 million.
Cllr Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This is
very positive news, particularly given last year’s poor weather.
“And with this summer’s prolonged hot spell, I’m sure next year’s figures will be even better.
“With each year, the county has something more to offer visitors, and with exciting improvements happening
at Lincoln Castle our tourism economy looks set to grow and grow. And we’ll be working hard to play our part
in selling Lincolnshire to the world.”
Community Groups Update
Wolds Acoustic Sessions
Another successful session on 5th April with the usual performers with a special visit from Jo and Olly from
Peebles who were touring the area. They treated us to some self-penned material with a distinct Balkan flavour.
There was a further session at the Click’Em Inn on 22nd April as part of our plan to reach out to more venues
which went very well in spite of performers suffering from coughs and colds! The next session there will be on
27th May. In the meantime, don’t forget our usual Limelight Theatre session on 3rd May. There is also the
possibility of a session at the Salutation Arms, Nettleton. Tony
We would like to thank everyone that took part and helped in teddy bears’ picnic, egg hunt and bingo on 19th
April. After talking we have decided to keep bingo at every two months so the next bingo will be June date to be
decided at next meeting on Sunday the 4th of May at 12.00. Watch the next issue for more information about
the 40s weekend on 2nd/3rd August. Sarah
Brookenby Camera Club
The Brookenby Youth Camera Club is going from strength to strength thanks mainly to the enthusiasm of tits
young members. There is a selection of photographs displayed in the large room to the right as you enter the
main building of the Community Centre which can be purchased. Please see the notice on the wall in that room
for details of how to buy. All profits go to the club. The club relies on grants and fund-raising to keep going. I
have a stall at the Memorial Hall in Cleethorpes and I have given the bar and Thirfties a football competition
card to sell for a £1 per go. I am applying for further grants and would appreciate any Ideas or support in further
fund-raising activities. The senior camera club has new members and is growing. We are planning a 2015
Wolds calendar which will be in sale for £4.50 later this year (more news later). The club room is now completed
having been decorated and equipped with monitors etc, please drop by on club nights and have a look, we will
be happy to see you. Club meetings dates are posted in the bar and on the club room door. Thank you for your
support, we cannot do it without you. Michael Edwards
Brookenby Young Persons Project (BYPP)
The new youth group started meeting on a Monday evening from 28th April 6.30-8pm for Juniors (8-11) and
8-9.30pm for Seniors (too late for comment in this publication). The tuck shop will be selling drinks and
chocolate bars: the youth club is free. We would welcome a progress report for the next issue.
Tuesday 27th May
Next Session 3rd May
Community Groups Update (continued from previous page)
We have a professional London 'telepathy' act coming to the theatre for a show on Thursday May 8th. They are
a double act called THE TELEPATHICS and according to their blurb they should be pretty good. I believe that
they are touring the midlands area and they have agreed to come over to Brookenby on one of their spare
nights because one of the duo is Martin's cousin. We will be supporting them by producing a few songs from
various shows etc from about 7.30 to 8.15 and then they will do the whole of the second half of the evening.
They have a website showing that they've previously performed for some pretty famous people (including
Royalty). It's a 'one off/one night' show and seats are available at £5 from Ann on 01472 852952 or Martin on
01673 849809. Please check them out at www.telepathics.co.uk
Juniors are auditioning this week for parts in their next production 'OLIVIA'. It's a bit like a female version of
Oliver written especially for junior performers with songs, acting, dancing etc. Production date is expected to be
late June / early July so that they can achieve it before school holidays start in mid/late July. Ron Forward
Thank you to everyone who attended 'Holiday Fun!' - it was a blast. 'Fluffy' has hopped off for a well deserved
rest but told me to tell you that you were all great! We would also like to say on behalf of the 'Friends 4 Friends'
Committee a big thank you to everyone who helped out and donated prizes and to the children and adults that
got stuck in with the dances and games - you make the fun in 'Holiday Fun!’ So whether you are 2 or 92, we
hope you will join us all again in the 6 weeks holiday for some more crazy games, fun dances and lots of laughs.
Get Together every Monday, village hall 11.30am until 1pm and JC kids every Sunday, village hall 10am until
11.30am. Janine and Marie
Brookenby Community Centre
As at the time of publication, we have no information to report but residents will be aware that the Bar is
undergoing a 3 month ‘trial’ under Mike McLintock which trial is due to conclude at the end of May so a decision
will need to be made very soon on the future of the Bar after that date. (see page 6 for details about the Bar)
We also await with interest the conclusions of the ‘Options Appraisal Report’ referred to at the January Parish
There is clearly an opportunity to engage with residents about the Centre: their support, after all, will be crucial
to its success and we can only hope that that opportunity will now be taken up.
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WOLDS WALKING FESTIVAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY
17th May to 1st June 2014.
Pick up a brochure in the post office in Binbrook for details of all the
planned walks. And why not join the Alzheimer’s 7 mile charity walk
leaving the Queen’s Hall, Binbrook at 10.00am on Sunday 25th May. Entry
is £2.50 with all the money going to the charity. Get fit and do good.
As well as the annual Wolds Walking Festival you can also enjoy a social walk each week in
Market Rasen or Caistor as part of the Walking for Health scheme run by West Lindsey
District Council. The walks are free and there is no need for specialist equipment; just a
comfortable, weatherproof pair of shoes! The Caistor walks are held every Wednesday,
meeting at the Parish Church at 10.30am and the Market Rasen walks are held every
Thursday, meeting at John Street car park at 10.30am. For further information please
contact Jackie Brown on 01472 675138 or 07778 622925. For information on the health
benefits of walking take a look at the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/change4life/pages/
In the midst of the Breakers
Vernon Ah Kee is an Aboriginal contemporary artist from Brisbane and
Shaun Gladwell is a digital artist from Melbourne. Both Australians
feature in the Usher Gallery’s latest exhibition “In the Midst of the
Breakers” which runs until 13th July. The exhibition shows how these
two 21st century artists deal with Australia’s landscape and history;
especially the country’s relationship with its indigenous people. The
exhibition is held in conjunction with The Collection’s current exhibition “Joseph Banks; A Great Endeavour”,
(Joseph Banks, whose family came from Revesby, nr Horncastle, was the botanist who travelled with James Cook
on the “Transit of Venus” voyage of discovery to the South Pacific in 1768). Both museums are free to get in to and
are open daily from 10.00am until 4.00pm.
Festival Fever comes to Cabourne Parva
The C-FaB Festival is a country, folk and blues weekend extravaganza held annually
at Cabourne Parva in true festival field style. A wonderful array of artists plus
workshops, a wild west show, drive-in movies and lindy hop dance; just a few of the
delights planned for the bank holiday weekend, 23rd to 26th May. Tickets are £40 for a
weekend adult pass, 15 – 17 year olds £20 and 14 year olds and under are free
(under 18’s must be accompanied). There is a bar and camping on site. For further
information check out the website: www.c-fab.co.uk
Gearing up for Summer
As you know from last month’s Patch, Parish Councillor, Margaret Quaggan,
and the Happy Hearts are organising a summer fête and 40’s dance on
Saturday 2nd August. Period costume must surely be the way to go if you
want to get in the swing of it. But maybe like me you don’t have a granny
with an attic full of her best outfits, safely boxed up in tissue paper and, even
if you are lucky enough to have such a treasure,
what’s the betting you’ll end up smelling of mothballs! However, fear not because on Saturday 10th May at the
Engine Shed in Lincoln, “Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair” will be the place to kit yourself out. Open from 10 till 4
and only £2 to get in (U12s free) you’re sure to recoup this with a bargain outfit or two, maybe even something
for the fellas! Peachy keen, you’ll look a dream, when Lindy Hopping the night away! If you would like to help
out with the summer fête, please contact Margaret (tel:590315), Dave Lindsey, Steph Smith or Sarah
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Mailly le Camp Raid
70 years ago on the night of 3 May 1944, 346 bomber aircraft and 14
de Havilland Mosquitoes were sent to destroy the German 21st Panzer
Division at Mailly-le-Camp, 85 miles east of Paris. In just over an hour,
42 Lancasters, 1 Halifax and a Mosquito were shot down. Most of the
258 airmen who were killed that night are buried in Mailly-le-Camp and
the surrounding villages. The graves are tenderly cared for and an
annual commemorative service for the airmen, the French civilians who
lost their lives and the French Resistance is held in Mailly le Camp.
Last year’s memorial was attended by 460 Sqdn’s Laurie Woods, the bomb aimer on Lancaster K2 Killer.
The Mailly le Camp raid was in preparation for D-Day. Two groups of Lancasters were orbiting at the designated assembly
point whilst the marker leader, Leonard Cheshire, and his Mosquito team, marked the bomb aiming points. After marking,
the Lancasters were called in to bomb. However, severe communication problems prevented the bombing order from
getting through effectively which resulted in German night fighters intercepting the main force with the terrible loss of the 44
aircraft. Most of the remaining bombers managed to drop their bomb loads on the marked target causing considerable
damage to the German camp and very little damage to the town. Although it has been said that no French civilians were
killed in the bombing raid, there were in fact some French deaths, but thankfully because of the accurate bombing it was
only a very few who lost their lives. One should also remember the civilians/French Resistance who helped the escaping
airmen at considerable risk to themselves and their families.
Below is the list of the 460 Sqdn crews who were shot down during this raid, the information was taken from Peter Dunn’s
(P) Pilot, (E) Engineer, (B) Bomb Aimer, (N) Navigator, (W) Wireless Operator, (G) Gunner
JB741 (AR-J) FO Baker, F W (P), PO Thompson, W H (N), Sgt W B Martin (B), Sgt G E O’Neill (W),
Sgt J W Ranger (E), Sgt W C Maxwell (G), Sgt H P Black (G)
LM531 (AR-R) WO G K Gritty, (P), Sgt J Orbin, (N) escaped, Sgt L H Williams (B), escaped, Sgt S R Russell (W), Sgt L R
Vale, (E), Sgt B Morgan (G) escaped, Sgt J Chandler,(G)
ME728 (AR-F2) 414050 PO Lloyd, N D L (P), 424297 Flt Sgt Hobbs R H (N), Sgt Wootton-Woolley, B T (B), 418910 Flt
Sgt Barr, D R (W), Sgt Turnbull, J G (E), Sgt Fry, P D (G), Sgt Johnson, R A (G)
ME740 (AR-E) 416945 Flt Sgt Fry, H J G (P), FO Sumner, L (N), 426563 Flt Sgt Elgar, W R (B),
Sgt Applegarth, K (W) Sgt Holloway, J H (E),Sgt Winstanley, T S (G) Sgt Graham, C G (G)
ND630 (AR-G) 409760 PO Smart, J W (P), 422100 Flt Sgt Barber, G C (N)
Flt Sgt Warnock, G R P (B), Sgt Naismith, F FR (W),Sgt Oulton, T (E),Sgt Moore, A B (G),Flt Sgt Stannet, E F (G)
ND860 (AR-J) This crew was actually from 101 Sqdn but flew out of RAF Binbrook on a 460 Sqdn aircraft. Flt Lt Hull, W E
(P) FO Wilson, R D DFM (N) FO Widger, W H DFM (B)
PO Atkinson, C (W) Flt Sgt F J Bell, (E) Flt Sgt E.Bailey, (G) Flt Sgt J C Earl, (G)
Ray Whiteley from the RAF Binbrook Memorial Park says: “A very black night for Binbrook and Bomber Command. 17
aircraft on operation, six shot down with the loss of 39 crew; 460 Squadron RAAF Binbrook being the highest loss rate of
course but with Wickenby, Ludford Magna and Skellingthorpe coming a close second”. Ray is in the process of planting a
Halesia Carolina tree as a commemoration to the crews lost on the Mailly le Camp Raid. When I asked him why he chose
this particular tree he said: “The white flowers should be in blossom every 3rd of May to remind future generations of the
sacrifice of the Mailly le Camp raid, it attracts bees, in the autumn the leaves turn yellow for that 'special' autumnal colour
display and the fruits often last into winter to feed the birds”. Sounds perfect.
West Lindsey Churches Festival 2014
10th-11th & 17th-18th May
This year 86 churches are participating over the
two weekends. Numerous exciting activities are
taking place for you to enjoy – from organ trails to
flower and art displays, from bell-ringing to big
brunch breakfasts. For full details please visit the
festival website: http://www.churchesfestival.info/
European Assembly Elections
Don’t forget that elections for the European Assembly take place on Thursday 22nd May. The
polling station for Brookenby is the Village Hall (now more commonly known as the Lancaster
Room) and will be open from 7.00 am until 10.00 pm.
2014 JUBILEE GAMES – SATURDAY 21ST JUNE 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
The annual games between ex-MoD sites featuring 5-a-side Football, Kwik Cricket, Rounders, New
Age Curling, Tug of War, will be hosted this year by Brookenby. Anyone who is interested in
participating in the events or by helping out with any of the behind the scenes activities should contact
Sarah on 398593
Lincolnshire’s Finest – Chad Varah
The rather grandly named Reverend Prebendary Dr Chad
Varah was born in Barton-upon-Humber in November 1911,
where his father was the vicar at St Chad's, the local Anglican
church, Chad Varah was educated at Worksop college, where
he gained an exhibition in natural sciences to Keble College,
Oxford, but switched subjects and in 1933 obtained a degree in
politics, philosophy and economics. A keen linguist with a great
love of music, he was active in Oxford's Russian and Slavonic
Clubs before, he said, being "press-ganged" into the life of a
priest. His first task as an assistant curate at St Giles Lincoln in
1935 determined the path he would follow. Standing in at the
funeral of a 14-year-old girl, he asked the undertaker why the girl was being buried in unconsecrated ground,
and was told she had killed herself because she had mistaken menstruation for a serious disease. Dr Varah
recalled his reaction: "I stood at the end of the grave and I said, little girl, I never knew you, but I promise you
that you have changed my life and I shall teach children about sex."
Dr Varah kept his promise, although the explicit nature of his advice to children and young couples scandalised
many people in the Church. The need for advice on sexual taboos was reinforced by the response to an article
he wrote in Picture Post on the joys of sex, with 250 people writing the next day, asking for help.
As vicar of St Paul's, at Clapham in south London, he realised that a significant number of people coming to see
him were talking of suicide. He thought a special telephone line might help people in distress, but there were
many demands on his time, The house visits, "open" youth clubs, teaching, and - as chaplain of St John's
hospital, Battersea, "bawling prayers at geriatric patients" - meant that his stipend covered only what he had to
pay his secretary - so, from 1950 until 1961, he built a second career, working into the night as children's comic
scriptwriter and visualiser for Girl and Eagle, Robin and Swift, bringing his scientific knowledge to life in
comicbook space stories - notably as one of the brains behind strip cartoon spaceman Dan Dare - and
dramatising the lives of famous religious figures for young readers on the back covers of these publications.
But the idea of a help line for the emotionally distressed became a reality when he became rector of St Stephen
Walbrook, a church in the City of London whose only parishioner was the Lord Mayor. The Samaritans
organisation that he founded grew rapidly, complemented by a dramatic fall in the suicide rate.
Varah promoted the same principle internationally through Befrienders International (Samaritans Worldwide) as
its founder/chairman (1974-83), and then president (1983-86). Befrienders International now operates in more
than 40 countries, including some where there is no easy access to phones or emails, and where people will
walk for hours to receive emotional support. An inveterate traveller, Varah visited most, if not all of them,
continuing these journeys into his nineties.
It was in his role as Rector of St Stephen Walbrook that I had an interesting afternoon’s conversation with him in
the early 1980s when I was working for a charitable trust based in the City of London which had inherited
ancient ecclesiastical endowments for City of London Churches including the right of St Stephen to receive the
princely sum of 5p a year from the Bank of China for its right to overlook the churchyard. We speculated on how
such a mediaeval and idiosyncratic payment would be viewed by their Communist masters in Beijing!
He died in 2007.
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Wolds Events – Out and About in Lincolnshire
The Wolds Events trip to the museums at RAF
Scampton was so popular that two vehicles had to be
taken to accommodate residents of all ages, from the
villages of Binbrook and Brookenby. The heritage fans
had a packed day that included the Scampton RAF
Heritage Centre and the Museum of RAF Firefighting.
The Heritage Centre includes a certain dog's grave,
Guy Gibson's office as well as a host of artefacts and
information relating to the history and
squadrons of RAF Scampton, especially the famous 617 'Dambusters' Squadron. The Museum of RAF
Firefighting is a jam packed collection of firefighting memorabilia plus a hanger full of fire-fighting machines
from different eras. Both museums are expertly guided and highly recommended. Afterwards the group
retired to The Dambusters Inn for late lunch and refreshments which was wonderful; not just for the fare but
for the aviation heritage displayed and the warm welcome. Transport was provided by the Wolds Community
Bus and supported by Community Lincs. If you would like details of future heritage trips, please contact Jon
at [email protected]
Our next event is a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight visit on Bank Holiday
Monday 26th May. This is a rare chance to see the BBMF hangar as RAF
Coningsby is normally only open to visitors during the working week. The
entrance charge is normally £6 but we have offset part of this so including
transport the cost for adults will only be £8.50 and for children £5.
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Held at the Grimsby
Minster, with its wonderful
acoustics, the hour long
start at 12.30pm with refreshments available
before and after. It costs just £3.00 per adult
and children are free. The recitals for May
Wed 7th - Slidin’ About Trombone Quartet
Wed 14th - Royal Northern College of Music
Saxophone and Piano
Wed 21st - Nicholson/Macleod Harp Duo
Wed 28th - Pat McCarthey Jazz Band
And There’s More……….
Nicola Farnon, jazz/swing singer and double
bass player, will be performing on Tuesday
13th May at a free concert at The Collection
Museum Café, Lincoln at 8.00pm. Just turn
Binbrook & District Women's Institute April report - IMPORTANT NEWS - PLEASE READ
In 2014 the Binbrook & District WI will be meeting in The Queens Hall, Binbrook on the 1st Thursdays of the
Month. Doors open 7 pm – Meetings start 7.15pm. Come and join us on Thursday 1st May in the Queens
(village ) Hall at 7.15pm Speaker Karen Frosdick – Artist/Craftswoman. Her Subject –A talk and demonstration
on Up-cycling using Glass Mosaics. Competition – A multicoloured item. A single garden flower.
I first met Karen who lives in Wigtoft when she was exhibiting at a craft fair, as we got talking it became clear
that she is very passionate about her craft, in which she is an expert, there and then I asked her to be one of
our speakers. She will be showing us how she enhances everyday items, some of which will be on sale at the
end of the evening. If enough interest is shown, I will organise a full day workshop in Binbrook Or Look out for
us at the Alzheimer's Spring Fête on Sunday 25th. With our new 'posher' Roll-a-Penny Competition. And where
you can pick up a copy of our 2014 -2015 programme.
Last month’s meeting was brilliant, Sue Allan wowed us ( and our many visitors )with her spell binding tales of
the life and times of Lady Rose Hickman who lived at Gainsborough Old Hall during the turbulent Tudor period.
As she weaved her tales taken from Lady Rose's diary we sadly learned about her infant son's mortal illness
then so happy to hear that he miraculously recovered and went on to have many adventures in later life
including getting lost in Russia.
We will be taking Sue up on her offer of a personalised tour of Gainsborough Old Hall later this year.
Our appearance at the Easter Fête was very successful with many people having a go on the Roll-a-Penny
and asking about our meetings. I hope I explained clearly that ladies of all ages are welcome to join us,
whether you are 22 or 92.
Don't let preconceived ideas get in your way – if you are interested in a particular speaker do come along we
don't bite !
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NEWS FROM AVIATION HERITAGE LINCOLNSHIRE
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) has announced that they will be flying their
prized Avro Lancaster to England this August for a month long visit. The Lancaster will join the
only other airworthy Lancaster in the world, owned and operated by the RAF's, Battle of Britain
Memorial Flight (BBMF), and participate in several
events and activities.
The CWHM's Lancaster will depart from Hamilton,
Ontario on 4th August and plans to arrive in England
on 8th August. The North Atlantic crossing will
include en-route stops at Goose Bay, Labrador,
Canada, Narsarsuaq, Greenland, and Keflavik,
Iceland, prior to arriving at RAF Coningsby. Shortly after arriving, the Lancaster will undergo a scheduled
maintenance inspection. The Canadian crews will then complete a short training programme with the BBMF in
preparation to participate in several air displays and fly pasts with the BBMF Lancaster and fighters starting on
The CWHM will announce the full programme in the near future when all the details have been finalised but it is
envisaged that the Lancaster will make an overnight stop at Humberside Airport.
Quiz for May
1. What year was British Summer Time first introduced?
2. Bon Scott was the lead singer in which band?
3. What was the name of the spacecraft which first orbited Mars in 1971?
4. What do the initials ANZAC stand for?
5. What was the name of the 2013 Grand National winning horse?
Answers from April: 1. 18, 2. Second Lord of the Treasury, 3. 1971
4. Wednesday, 5. 1976
Brookenby Parish Council
The following report has been extracted from draft Minutes of the meeting held on 1st April (these may be subject to
amendment at the next meeting of the Council). The following issues of substance were decided upon:
• to lodge an objection to the planning application for the erection of Wind Turbines based on proximity to housing,
noise pollution and the proposed location being in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
• to co-opt Dr Michael Edwards as a Parish Councillor
• to allow a memorial to be erected outside the Community Centre, on the far side of the oval
• to allow the Jubilee games can be held in Brookenby this year on land to the rear of the Community Centre and in
the Centre itself and to allocate the sum of £100 towards the event
• to employ a cleaner for two hours a week.
The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 6th May starting at 7.00 pm. The meeting will be preceded
by the usual 10 minute public forum during which time members of the public may raise questions or issues of
concern. The Agenda and draft Minutes of the last meeting are usually posted on the noticeboard outside the old
In A Flap
On Wednesday 19th March, whilst most of us were tucking into breakfast, Lincolnshire’s finest
were dealing with a jay walker near RAF Coningsby. An “ostrich-like” all white bird had been
spotted strolling along the main road. Being a flightless bird it did not pose a threat to Coningsby’s
air traffic control but residents were worried for its and other road users safety so the police were
called to the scene. By the time they arrived
the bird had wandered into a garden so all PCs Harrison and Young had to do was capture it! This proved to be
quite a task but eventually they managed to get it into the patrol car and take it to Tattershall Farm Park, a 10 minute
drive away. And clean the vehicle up afterwards!
So far no-one has come forward to claim the Australian bird. The owner of the farm park, Shirley Morrell, said an
emu like this was quite unusual so the owner would be missing it “Unless of course it's a horror and they are glad to
see the back of it!”
Nicknamed Eric, the emu has settled well in its temporary new home and at the time of writing is still there as its
owner has not yet come forward.
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