- The villages around Bourne, Lincolnshire, England -
A REMINDER OF past times greets the visitor to Swayfield,
seven miles north east of Bourne, in the shape of a beacon, once used to light the countryside across the land to mark special occasions or to warn of impending peril to the nation.
This modern reproduction bears the inscription FIRE OVER ENGLAND and was erected on the 19th July 1988 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the sighting of the Spanish Armada. It is part of a national chain of beacons similar to that which was used in 1588 to alert the local militia to the arrival of the invading fleet and was erected by South Kesteven District Council with the help of villagers and of British Telecom.
The village hall was built at Swayfield at a cost of
£126,000 to mark the new millennium. The old hall for the previous fifty years was an ex-army
corrugated iron-clad hut that stood on the same site and was demolished before
construction work began but its replacement is much bigger with modem facilities for
communal events including a kitchen, a committee room and toilets and, later on,
perhaps a stage for theatrical productions with lighting and a sound system. Contributions towards the cost
came from the local authorities and various other
organisations but the village had to raise 10 per cent of the total and among their fund
raising efforts were fetes, quiz nights, raffles, bring-and-buy sales and a buy-a-brick
scheme at £10 apiece and each buyer is being recorded for posterity. This community
participation is a test of the strength of village life today and the success of this building
venture should augur well for the hall's enduring appeal for community events in the