Village News: Burgh le Marsh

COFFEE - Burgh WI will hold a coffee morning in the WI Hall on March 24 from 10am.

There will be various stalls and a raffle. Entry is £1 and includes coffee and biscuits.

COMPETITION - In recognition of residents’ and businesses’ stellar efforts in respect of gardens, baskets and blooms in 2011, Burgh le Marsh Town Council will once again put the town forward for the small towns and larger villages category of the 2012 Calor Best Kept Village Competition.

This year, entry will also be made into the RHS East Midlands in Bloom (EMIB) competition which aims to promote pride, participation and planning by the entire community in the overall enhancement and development of the town.

EMIB values involvement over financial investment in preparations of the town for present and future judging, although both are permitted and welcomed.

Judging for Best Kept Village begins in early June, followed by EMIB in the first week of July.

The council will seek to form a steering group to help get the word out and get Burgh ready to place in each of these competitions.

If you would like to take part in bringing out the best in Burgh, then contact the town clerk via email at or on 01754 811218.

COUNCIL - At the February meeting the town council considered plans and support for various celebratory events to take place in Burgh this year.

Discussions focussed primarily on HM the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which will be marked by a Community BBQ and Tea Party at the town’s historic Windmill on Tuesday, June 5 from 2pm to 5pm.

Proposals to commission collectible Diamond Jubilee commemorative badges as free gifts for children are also being investigated by the council.

The council further considered the new Burgh Festival Weekend (formerly Carnival) taking place over Saturday and Sunday July 7 and 8 and featuring a Roman Re-enactment with procession and demonstrations alongside other activities at the Windmill and Tinkers Green.

The Roman Re-enactment is being provided for Burgh as one of the central hubs in the Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes Project (LCGM), with much support and funding coming from LCGM and Heritage Lincolnshire.

FUNDRAISING THANKS - Burgh Baptist Church warmly and sincerely thanks all who supported the Gala dinner, dance and auction at Southview Hotel on Saturday, March 3, where over £1300 was raised in support of the new church build project.

HERITAGE - Following discussions with the Burgh Heritage Committee (an amalgamation of the History Group and Friends of Burgh Windmill), it was agreed coordination of the arrangements for these and other events (such as the Community Christmas Celebration) would best be handled from a central point.

The Burgh Christmas Committee, formed earlier this year by the town council, was therefore renamed as the Burgh Events Committee and will organise the Diamond Jubilee celebration and Burgh Festival, drawing in the support and participation of residents, community groups, businesses, schools and churches as appropriate.

The committee can be contacted via Chairman Mick Holiday, Secretary Alex Roddie, or the Town Clerk.

SEMINAR - Burgh le Marsh Town Council is sponsoring a seminar promoting responsible dog ownership on Saturday, April 14 from 2pm to 4pm at Burgh Baptist Church.

The seminar will be conducted by a member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers, and will cover what individuals need to know to be responsible dog owners including the law relating to dogs and owners, canine behaviour and loads of helpful advice. Questions will also be welcomed.

The council has organised the event with a view towards addressing concerns and queries expressed by residents in the published Parish Plan and recent letters about dog fouling and aggressiveness amongst other issues.

The seminar is free to all Burgh residents and the council hopes many will turn out to take advantage of the advice on offer.

For more information, contact the town clerk via email at or on 01754 811218.

STATIONS - Stations of the Cross take place every Monday at 6pm during Lent in the parish church of St Peter and Paul

WI - Burgh le Marsh WI enjoyed a talk and slide show given by Sue West on her work with children in one of the poorest areas of Gambia.

There were four schools but now only two remain as the other were washed away by monsoons. Hence fundraising and building starts again. Despite the poverty the children were happy. Sue hopes to visit them again later in the year.