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Manby is a village in the county of Lincolnshiremarker, Englandmarker. Situated approximately five miles (8 km) east of Louthmarker, the village had a population of 833 at the 2001 Census.

The only amenity of note in the village is the post office, however other amenities - including two schools, the Lancaster Inn (formerly the Manby Arms) public house and two other village shops - can be found in the adjoining village of Grimoldbymarker, which is separated from Manby by the B1200 road.

There is also a local scout group called 1st Manby which has been running for 50 years. 1st Manby scouts is the only current scout group in the district to have all scouting sections, Beavers aged 6-8, Cubs aged 8-10 and scouts aged 11 1/2-14. As well as these three core sections the Manby Scout HQ is also used by the Louth District Explorers,aged 14-18.

Manby is also the location for East Lindsey Fire Protection Services - An independent fire and rescue service that specialises in off road firefighting, event and airport cover down to fire extinguisher sales and service.

The airfield is home to Lindsey Airsoft providing an opportunity for this new airsoft sport in Lincolnshire. They regularly use the former airfield for skirmish games.

RAF Manby

Between 1938 and 1974, the village was home to a Royal Air Force base. Many of the houses in the village were built as homes for RAF personnel and the streets where these are situated are named after aeroplanes (e.g. Vampire Road).

Since the closure of the base, the houses have been sold to the general public and airbase has been sold for commercial use. The headquarters of East Lindseymarker District Council are in one of the buildings on the base, the disused airfield has been used as a showground and is now an off-road driving centre and one of the hangars is used as a grain store as part of the European Union Common Agricultural Policy. It also has a Chieftain Tank sat in the entrance to the airfield.

In 2008 the RAF site was proposed by East Lindsey district council as a possible location for an eco-town of 5,000 homes. It appeared on a government shortlist of ten sites, however after protests from residents the council voted to withdraw the plan.


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