Village view at West Pinchbeck

LUNCH TIME: youngsters at Westfield Farm Day Nursery with Averel� Bulbeck and pre-school nursery nurse Hanna Gower. Photo:  SG200213-129TW

LUNCH TIME: youngsters at Westfield Farm Day Nursery with Averel� Bulbeck and pre-school nursery nurse Hanna Gower. Photo: SG200213-129TW

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West Pinchbeck has a population of about 1,100 people scattered across a massive 24 square miles.

That means there is lots of space for people to pursue their own interests – goat keeping say or living as hermits – as well as the more traditional village activities.

Jim Peach could be said to be the upholder of village tradition in West Pinchbeck, as he is both chairman of the village hall committee as well as churchwarden at St Bartholomew’s, along with Wendy Houghton.

The hall is the 1850 former school building, renovated in 1994, and, as expected, fundraising for repairs and maintenance is ongoing.

Jim’s wife Anne, who takes the bookings, says the building is well used with lots of children’s activities, classes in French, dog training and yoga, as well as clubs for seniors, church ladies and young people. It’s also a venue for parish council meetings, occasional wedding receptions and exhibitions and the annual produce show held in September.

Jim says the most popular event is the annual bonfire night held to raise funds for the hall and held in the grounds to the rear.

He says: “I complain community spirit isn’t good enough but I think we are the same as most places, but we try and that’s the thing.”

There’s a fairly active life at St Batholomew’s, which was recently improved by the installation of new toilet facilities. There’s an annual garden fete and flower festival in addition to regular services and coffee mornings.

There are work opportunities in the village, with a number of growers as well as other businesses.

Among these is CMT Engineering, a general engineering, welding and fabrication workshop run by Chris Tuke. Chris, Jim and other members of the village hall committee put their heads together to come up with the design of the Jubilee sign, which Chris made.

The village also has its own primary school and nursery, Westfield Farm Day Nursery, where deputy manager Averelé Bulbeck was overseeing lunch of sweet and sour chicken and rice when we visited.

The children benefit from lots of access to the outdoor areas where they can play in the garden and meet the animals, such as goats, horses, rabbits and guinea pigs, or build their own dens and climb trees in the woodland area.