The village of Fiskerton has seen three brand new village destination signs installed after 6 long years of planning and working with the County Council Highways Department.
Showcasing artwork from pupils of Fiskerton C of E Primary School, the signs depict the history of the village and act as a way of honouring the past whilst bringing something brand new to the village in the form of three new village signs displaying artwork from the next generation.
Three elements were put to the school for pupils to draw – the first being a church to represent the St Clement of Rome Church which is mentioned in the Doomsday Book, the second being a fishing boat to reflect the name Fiskerton meaning ‘Fisherman’s Town’ and to acknowledge that it was a fishing village until the drainage of the Witham Fens after 1782 (reflected in the discovery of The Fiskerton Log Boat excavated in 2001), and the final being a Lancaster aircraft to reflect the airbase where the No. 49 Squadron and the No. 576 Squadron were based during the Second World War.
Kerry Henry, Head of Fiskerton C of E Primary School said, “The ideas were shared throughout the school and the design was an amalgamation of all the children’s ideas, showcasing the history of Fiskerton as a fishing village until its involvement in World War 2 as an airbase, all linked through St Clement’s Church. The children happily took part and were excited when their ideas eventually made it to the finished design.”
Adrian Walker, Fiskerton Parish Council Chair, added “Having taken a great deal of coordination and planning it’s a great achievement to have the new signs up. It gives the village an identity and is hopefully something the residents can be proud of. Having the children and school involved also fosters a feeling of community.
“The new destination signs are the first step of a larger village gateway enhancement project. We are now looking to get some flashing speed indicator signs and to upgrade the 30mph signs, as well as installing some white fence markerboards which you often see going into villages.
“It’s a project with a dual purpose, to visually enhance the aesthetic of the village gateway but to also reinforce to drivers that they are entering a village, and that they need to slow down. It is hoped that each of the additional steps in the project will reinforce the serious side of traffic speed management while also building on the aesthetic side of making the village a desirable and welcoming place to live.”
The signs have already received extensive praise throughout the village, and they were made possible with the help of a £500 donation from the 49 Squadron Association. You can see the signs at each entrance to the village, coming down from Reepham, Lincoln and Bardney.