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By adrians, Jan 10 2019 03:58PM

Dyke Baptist Chapel and in particular, its attached schoolroom, housed for many years Dyke Village Primary School until its closure. The Chapel continues to house weekly services for the congregation and The Schoolroom now provides a valuable amenity as a rehearsal room and storage facility for the local amateur dramatic group Bourne Footlights.

Our Chair, Gerry Burrows and fellow Trustee Trevor Peacock, were pleased to meet the Chapel & Schoolroom Trustees on a very sunny morning earlier this week to inspect the finished damp proofing and timber treatment that has recently been carried out to the building at a cost of some £9,000.00. Mr Richard Knipe, chair of the Chapel Trustees said, “The funding from the Trust has not only enabled us to carry out the necessary repairs but has also enabled us to face the future confidently as custodians of this heritage building”.

Pictured Gerry Burrows and Trevor with Richard Knipe and fellow Chapel trustees, Kate Swain, Terry Birkenshaw and Anna McIvor.


By adrians, Jan 5 2019 10:19AM

All tickets for the 2019 Memorial Evening with Gervase Phinn were sold out within 45 minutes of release this morning.

By adrians, Dec 28 2018 04:17PM

Tickets for the 2019 Len Pick Memorial Evening to be held in Bourne Corn Exchange on the 30th January and featuring well known humourist and raconteur Gervase Phinn will go onsale from 9.00am Saturday 5th January at our offices at 5 Granby Court, Hereward Street PE10 9AD.


The speaker for the evening will be Gervase Phinn who has been descibed as "The James Herriot of Education" ! Trust Chairman, Gerry Burrows, said "We are really looking forward to welcoming Gervase to present this year’s lecture. His stories have tremendous appeal. he is a multi-faceted talent, not only a humourist but also raconteur, teacher, freelance lecturer, author, poet, OFSTED school inspector, educational consultant and visiting professor of education.


Gerry went on to say, “The 2019 Memorial Lecture marks the fifteenth anniversary of the death of our founder, Mr Len Pick. Our previous events have always been complete sell outs and I am sure that Gervase will provide a very suitable evening to remember our benefactor and the lasting legacy that he has provided to the Town".


By adrians, Nov 16 2018 12:00PM

Our thanks to Sue Rowland and Bourne Abbey Church of England Primary Academy for bringing the Remembrance Tapestry Project to a very successful conclusion. Along with Bourne Town Council, we were pleased to provide the funding for this innovative project, the final result of which, was displayed at the Old Town Hall and Darby & Joan Hall over the weekend and rightly won considerable praise. The project has involved local schools, organisations, churches and numerous individuals in working together to provide a powerful work of art. The project proved a catalyst for an amazing weekend when Bourne came together to remember all those who have served our country.

By adrians, Oct 25 2018 09:10AM

The 11th November 2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. To mark this event hundreds of volunteers of all ages from Bourne and the surrounding area have been hard at work

creating a lasting memorial to the sacrifices made by the people of Bourne.


The project, sponsored by Bourne Town Council and the Len Pick Trust, represents one of the largest community projects ever undertaken in the area. Local groups, schools, and individuals created fragments of the final work in workshops and at home: only when installed in the Town Hall for remembrance weekend, will the contributors be able to see how their individual work has contributed

to the final display.


The result is a four and a half metre work depicting images of the soldiers and hand embroidered

names of all the men who lost their lives, regiment badges, messages and names of loved ones in

the form of embroidered poppies and sweetheart pincushion pieces.


Sue Rowland, who conceived the project, has lead the workshops and coordinated the tapestry and worked with a number of local groups which have included; children from Bourne Abbey C of E Primary, Elsea Park Primary Academy, Bourne Westfield Primary Academy and Bourne Academy GCSE Textiles group. Also involved were; Bourne Abbey Family Learning Group, residents of Worth Court and The Cedars, and attendees at the Elsea Park, Salvation Army and Corn Exchange workshops.


As part of the project, the new planters at the entrances to the town will be filled with poppies together

with a cascade of hand- made poppies which will adorn the front steps of the Town Hall during the weekend.


Also on display will be a collection of pictures and images from the First World War, which have been provided by local people following an appeal by local photographer Gordon Cochran, a display created

by Bourne Westfield consisting of clay poppies and photographs of Bourne Abbey pupils at work.


The finished work and exhibition will be on show in Bourne Town Hall, free to all, from 11:00 – 15:00 on Saturday November 10th and from 12 – 16:00 on Sunday November 11th. On the Sunday at 12pm

Bourne Westfield Choir will be entertaining visitors with songs related to WW 1.