A plaque has been unveiled to remember a Lincoln family who lost five sons in WW1

A plaque has been unveiled to remember a Lincoln family who lost five sons in WW1.

Article published on Lincolnshire Live.

A memorial plaque commemorating five men who were killed in the First World War has gone on public display in the Arboretum.

People braved the weather, on Thursday afternoon for the unveiling.

A custom-made bench, donated by Chris Kennedy, managing director of Roll and Scroll, Grantham, has also been put in place to honour the family, as well as the city’s invention of the tank.

After the unveiling, the Last Post was played followed by a minute’s silence.

Five of the eight Beechey brothers who fought in the First World War lost their lives between 1915 and 1917, with another seriously injured.

Barnard (38), Charles (39), Leonard (36), Frank (30), and Harold (26), along with their mother Amy, who also had six daughters, lived in nearby Avondale Street.

Another son, Christopher, was badly injured and moved to Australia, not seeing his mother again before her death in 1936, at the age of 81.

Monks Road Residents’ Association and Cooke and Connell fundraisers designed the plaque which was unveiled on Thursday, May 9.

John East, chairman of the Monks Road Residents’ Association said: “Many local residents felt the Beechey family’s sacrifice should be commemorated and we feel the Arboretum, where the family regularly walked, is the perfect spot.”

In April 1918, when thanked for her sacrifice by then-Queen Mary, Amy Beechey replied: “It was no sacrifice, Ma’am. I did not given them willingly.”

The Beechey family was one of only three in the country where five siblings died in The Great War.

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Here’s what happened to the eight Beechey Boys:

Barnard Reeve Beechey, born April 26, 1877, was a sergeant in the 2nd Battalion the Lincolnshire Regiment.

He was killed in action on September 25, 1915 at the Battle of Loos in France.

Charles Reeve Beechey, born April 27, 1878, was a private in the 25th Battalion Royal Fusiliers.

He died of wounds on October 30, 1917 in East Africa.

Leonard Reeve Beechey, was born on August 31, 1881 was a rifleman in the London Irish Rifles.

He died of wounds on December 29, 1917 during the Battle of Cambrai in France.

Christopher William Reeve Beechey, was born on June 1, 1883. He served in the 4th Field Ambulance, Australian Imperial Force at Gallipoli.

Seriously injured in the war, he returned to Australia after he was invalided out of service. Died in 1969, aged 85.

Frank Collett Reeve Beechey, was born on October 12, 1886. He was a second lieutenant in the 13th Battalion, East Yorks.

He died of wounds on November 14, 1916, aged 30, during the Battle of the Somme.

Eric Reeve Beechey, born April 28, 1889, was a corporal in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was posted to Malta and Salonika where he was an army dentist.

He survived and returned home to work as a dentist.

Harold Reeve Beechey, born March 1, 1891, was a lance corporal in the 48th Battalion Australian Imperial Force.

He was killed in action at Bullecourt, France, on April 10, 1917, aged 26.

Samuel St Vincent Reeve Beechey, born August 13, 1899, was a second lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery and briefly served on the Western Front.

He survived the war and became an apprentice chemist.

Article and images by Tom McBeth


Free stuff for sustainable travellers in Lincoln this May!

This month, users of public transport in Lincoln are being offered free travel mugs and bottles as part of a drive for sustainability in the city.

Access Lincoln is offering people an extra incentive for considering sustainable transport this May with anyone completing their online travel plan able to claim a free travel mug or water bottle.

The plan is designed to users save time and money, lead healthier lifestyles and protect the environment, by informing them of travel times, cost, emissions and calories burned for all modes of travel.

Alison Mackfall, Access Lincoln project co-ordinator, said: “Whether you’re journeying to work, college or school, or visiting the city for any other reason, our online travel planner can find the best way to get you there.

“Taking the bus, cycling or walking can often be the quickest, easiest and cheapest option for getting where you need to go.

“And it’s not only healthier than being sat in the car – it’s better for the environment too.

“Our travel planner will put together a tailored, step-by-step plan for your journey – and it’s free of charge.

“It will only take you a few minutes, and will likely save you time and money – it’s a win-win.”

Access Lincoln is a Lincolnshire County Council initiative supported by Lincoln BIG and funded by the Department of Transport.

by Tom McBeth

Rare animal eggs bred at wildlife park near Lincoln

Source: Woodside Wildlife Park

Staff at Woodside Wildlife Park near Lincoln have recovered four eggs laid by a pair of endangered crocodiles.

The Siamese crocodiles, Scar and Hayley, are part of an international breeding programme.

Head-keeper, Ben Pascoe, said: “We’ve had the two crocodiles, of only four breeding adult species in the UK, for the last two years and it will be a massive thing for us if we get some baby crocodiles.”

Mr Pascoe explained how the crocodiles were lured into a pool before it was drained, allowing keepers to move the eggs to an incubated and controlled environment.

“We got in, took the eggs, got out, then Hayley came over and checked for them.

“It sounds cruel from a mothering perspective, but they’re used to having eggs taken in the wild, so within twenty minutes she was back under the water like nothing had happened.”

“Of course, it was potentially dangerous, the male is around eight feet long and has a bite twice the strength of a Bengal tiger.

“It’s a waiting game now, but the eggs are currently in incubators so we have our fingers crossed.”

The wildlife park, which opened in 2001, has expanded rapidly over the last five years and is now home to over 200 animals including tigers, red pandas, lynx and birds of prey, with a penguin enclose due to open at the end of May.

Mr Pascoe said: “We are only a small wildlife park, but we are continually working with larger collections, and contributing to various international breeding programs, for a number of critically endangered species around the world.

“Like with our crocodiles, the aim is to help with conserving the species, but it’s a long game.

“The next generation won’t be released into the wild, hopefully the one after, but it could take 50 years or more.”

Siamese crocodiles, found in parts of south-east Asian countries including Thailand and Cambodia, are critically endangered, with less than 1,000 mature adults remaining in the wild.

by Tom McBeth

Lincoln has ranked as one of the best places in the country for food hygiene

Lincoln ranked joint 6th place of cities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, in The Food Hygiene Report 2019 Report, conducted by High Speed Training

Restaurants, cafes and fast food takeaways across the East Midlands received an average food hygiene rating of 4.49, ranking as the third best region in the country.

Louise Harding, City of Lincoln Council’s food health and safety team leader said: “I think one of the reasons Lincoln is so high on the list is because, as an authority, we want all food businesses in Lincoln to be the best that they can be.

“Each establishment gets the same treatment and the same standards are expected.

“If for some reason the business falls short of those standards during their inspection, we will work with that business to try and get them to a rating that they can be proud of.”

The Food Standards Agency requires all food establishments to have a rating from 0 (‘urgent improvement needed’) to 5 (‘very good’), and are encouraged to display them to customers.

Environmental Health Officers investigate hygienic food handling, condition of the premises and facilities, and food safety management.

Across the UK, one in 15 food premises have a food hygiene rating of two or lower.

The full report can be seen at: www.highspeedtraining.co.uk/hub/food-hygiene-ratings-report-2019

by Tom McBeth

Collection adds letter from Queen Victoria to Lincoln’s Alfred Lord Tennyson

A letter from Queen Victoria to Lincoln’s Alfred Lord Tennyson has been bought by Lincolnshire County Council for the Tennyson Collection.

A two-page letter, dated March 1884, detailing the Queen’s ‘terrible sorrows’ after her youngest son died, written to the famous Lincolnshire-born poet, has been added to the Tennyson archive in the city.

The letter was purchased by Lincolnshire County Council at an auction in New York, on March for £4,400.

It was paid for with the assistance of the Heritage Service’s Donations Fund, and included a contribution from the Tennyson Society.

The document will be housed in The Tennyson Research Centre Collection at Lincolnshire Archives.

Cllr Nick Worth, executive member for heritage, said: “This letter is a fantastic addition to the Tennyson collection.

“Not only does it underline the close friendship between Tennyson and Victoria, but it also offers an insight into her state of mind at an incredibly trying time.

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to purchase it for the county, and would like to thank the Tennyson Society for their support in doing this.”

The Tennyson Research Centre opened in 2017 and houses other letters from Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and a copy of Through the Looking Glass that Lewis Carroll gave to Tennyson.

by Tom McBeth

‘Evolve’ event wows crowds as real life ‘rocket man’ flies over Brayford in Lincoln

Originally published for LSJ News: www.lsjnews.co.uk/2019/04/12/evolve-event-wows-crowds-as-real-life-rocket-man-flies-over-brayford

Thursday noon saw crowds gather around the Brayford Pool to witness the surreal spectacle of Gravity Industries‘ Richard Browning fly over in a jet-powered suit as part of the ‘Evolve’ event.

The event on 11 April, set-up and paid for by solicitor’s Wilkin Chapman, the largest law firm in Lincolnshire’s, to celebrate the £240,000 expansion of their Lincoln premises.


Other activities included golfing sessions with Forest Pines Golf Resort, cocktail tasters at the Doubletree by Hilton and demonstrations by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and Lincoln Sea Cadets, among others.

But it was Richard Browning and his Guinness World Record holding, 1,000 brake horsepower, jet-powered suit hovering over the Brayford Pool at speeds of around 30mph, which truly wowed the crowds.

by Tom McBeth

Call for volunteers to ‘Spring Clean’ Lincolnshire

Local organisations are encouraging members of the public to clear litter and plastics from Lincolnshire’s public areas.

Keep Britain Tidy, in partnership with the Daily Mail, is running a two-week ‘Spring Clean’ in order to remove litter and plastics from the country’s parks, beaches and waterways.

The hashtag, #GBSpringClean, is being used to encourage members of the public to get involved in picking litter from their local areas over the month from 22 March to 23 April.

Keep Britain Tidy say: “We are calling on #LitterHeroes across the country to help improve the environment on their doorstep.

“We’re aiming to inspire 500,000 people to join forces in partnership with community organisations, businesses and the government, to collect and safely dispose of litter from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.”

The University of Lincoln is hosting the ‘Clean Lincoln Everywhere and Now’ (C.L.E.A.N.) group which will be tidying the areas around the Brayford campus from midday on Saturday, 30 March.

Andrew Greenwood, founder of the local group ‘River Slea Cleanup’ in Sleaford, says: “The Spring Clean is a great idea to focus people’s attention on litter in their local area.

“It will help communities to get involved and help to improve the environment where they live.

“I think things are getting better at a local level and people can see direct results.

“We are quite lucky in Sleaford, we have several groups that are already doing this, but this is not the case everywhere.”

The Sleaford group is inviting would-be volunteers to join them in cleaning up the riverbanks at 10am on Sunday, 24 March, behind the National Centre for Craft and Design.

The national campaign and public reaction came following the BBC programme Blue Planet II highlighting the impact litter and single-use plastic are having on the world’s oceans and wildlife.

In January last year, Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to make the UK free of all ‘avoidable plastic waste’ by 2042.

Article published on LSJ News: www.lsjnews.co.uk/2019/03/15/call-for-volunteers-to-spring-clean-lincolnshire