Photo by Brod Purdy aka 'rafiki'
THE WOLDS VILLAGE OF BROOKENBY
Brookenby is a small and developing community in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds, designated as an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (AONB). The village is just 10 miles from the market towns of Louth, Market Rasen and Caistor.
Until the late 1980's, Brookenby did not exist, the site was the living accommodation for married families stationed at RAF Binbrook. When the station was closed down, and after the last Lightning left, the land was sold to a local developer who then sold the houses on the open market. With the village of Binbrook just one mile away, a new name had to be produced and the old name 'Brookenby', reputedly the name of a former 'plague village', was reactivated. Since then, the village, whilst having its fair share of teething troubles, has slowly risen, phoenix-like, from the ashes of the former service married quarters.
As would be expected, the houses themselves were built to a very high standard, some as early as 1938/39, others as late as the mid 1950's. There is a range of houses available from 2 bedroom terraced houses to a small number of 7 bedroom detached executive houses.
Pre-school: There is a small group run by mothers for pre-school children which meets on a regular basis in a designated room within the church complex. There is also a small pre-school at Wold Newton.
- Primary: Binbrook Church of England Primary School is one mile from Brookenby. There are also a primary schools at East Ravendale and Tealby.
- Secondary: There are 5 secondary schools within 10 miles of Brookenby:
- Caistor Grammar School is a state selective day school in the market town of Caistor, 6 miles from Brookenby. Caistor Grammar is usually found in the top 50 schools nationwide for GCSE and 'A' level results and has had a number of pupils accepted for Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
- King Edwards School, Louth is also a state selective day school with impressive results nationally.
- Yarborough Caistor School is a traditional 'Secondary Modern' with an excellent record. Pupils at Yarborough are closely integrated with Caistor Grammar School both academically and on the sports field.
- De Aston School is a state comprehensive in nearby Market Rasen that takes all pupils up to 6th form.
- Monks' Dyke College is a Technology College located in Louth.
Hospitals: The County Hospital at Louth is the nearest NHS Hospital and is a constituent section of the Lincolnshire NHS Trust. There is a 24 hour 'Walk-in' service for emergencies. There is also the 'Diane, Princess of Wales Hospital' in Grimsby. The major hospital is in Lincoln, 38 miles away.
Medical centre: There is a small medical centre in Binbrook for all medical support. It is manned on a daily basis with 3 GPs and supporting staff. Surgeries are held at advertized hours during the week, but weekends and night times are covered by NHS Direct.
Dentists: There is a NHS dentist in Market Rasen who is currently accepting new patients.
- Brookenby has a small Anglican parish church located in the lower wing of the Community Centre. It is a constituent member of the Walesby group of parishes within the West Wold Deanery. There is also an Anglo-Catholic Parish Church in nearby Binbrook.
- Local buses run through Brookenby on a regular basis for Louth and Market Rasen. The county city of Lincoln is accessible by bus from either Louth or Market Rasen.
Binbrook, one mile away, has an excellent family butcher, a Spar shop, a General Store and a hairdressing salon.
- Brookenby now has its own sports arena with a brand new children's playground attached. Close to Brookenby is an international standard motor racing circuit at Cadwell Park.
- The nearest garage for servicing and petrol is Binbrook Motors on the Grimsby Road, although the local towns are well stocked with the major car retail garages. Ashby Fenby has a small family run garage (A&J Halliday) that also caters for classic car servicing.
West Lindsey District Council supplies free bins for:
Household waste: Black, collected once per fortnight, currently every other Tuesday.
Recycling / Garden Waste: Blue and Green, collected every two weeks, currently every other Tuesday. Newspapers, put inside the blue bin, are collected at the same time.
(Green bins are supplied free, but an extra bin may be supplied, if required, at an annual charge.)
Brookenby has a very active dedicated Community Support Officer who patrols the village on a very regular basis.