Dambusters blog hits a million!

Sincere congratulations to Charles Foster, creator and doughty editor of the Dambusters Blog, which has just passed the million hits mark. In noting this achievement, Charles comments on the enduring fascination of the Dambusters raid:

 

“I think the reason may be because although the raid itself is the stuff of legend, it also represents a bigger story: that of the ‘greatest generation’ who fought tyranny, came through the years of austerity which followed, and built a better society in which all could flourish.”

Many of those who today visit the Squadron Bar, our lovingly preserved 617 Squadron Officers’ Mess here at the Petwood Hotel, former home to those who flew in the 1943 raid, might agree. | Related posts

Free Choral Concert

As part of the Horncastle Arts and Music festival, this concert offers you a varied programme including Schubert’s Mass in G, Elgar’s “From the Bavarian Highlands” and a selection of Victorian Music. It’s at St. Mary’s Church, Horncastle, starting 7.30pm on Saturday May 13th. There will be a retiring collection in aid of the Air Ambulance.

This post is reblogged by permission of the Kirkby on Bain Website

Woodhall Spa Country Show 2017

This year’s Woodhall Spa Country Show is only days away now, scheduled for Sunday the 21st of May. Come along any time between 9.30am and 5.00pm. You can find the showground along Green Lane opposite Canterbury Close (LN10 6QY), and a one way system will be operated on the day. All routes are signposted by AA signs.

“Our theme this year is to be ‘Traditional Rural Crafts’. The varied Lincolnshire environment lends its self to a wide range of crafts. The wolds have a tradition of hedge laying, there are dry stone walls in the Ancaster area and stone is a vernacular building material in the Stamford and Deeping areas. The fens and marsh have mud and stud used for cottages, some of which survive in entirety and many remnants are still there hidden away where people in the past have  encased them in brick and tile  as their living standards began to improve.” Continue reading

From the Woodhall Spa Noticeboards May 2017

Spring is well and truly sprung so here’s another selection of things to do in and around Woodhall Spa. Plenty to choose from this month  – two organists, a 40’s tribute singer, a school fair and even a circus!

 

 

May 6

Photo courtesy St. High's Prep SchoolMay Fair at St Hugh’s School, 11.00 am to 1.30 pm. Please check details: office@st-hughs.lincs.sch.uk | 01526 352169

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Tea and a slice of history: Woodhall Spa, 1909

Alan Burgess has posted a fascinating tinted photograph of the Woodhall Spa Tea House in the Woods on the Old Lincolnshire Rural Photos Facebook Group, dated around 1909:

 

 

 

 

 

There’s also a similar photo on the Tea House home page, and lots more if you click on the history tab.

You can read comments here if you join the Facebook group

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Dambusters photos restored to family after Bateman trial

From Charles Foster, the Dambusters blog:

Before the trial of Alex Bateman, recently jailed for the theft of Flight Sergeant John Fraser’s logbook, the Metropolitan Police found a photo album belonging to  Flight Officer Ken Earnshaw in Bateman’s London house. Both officers flew on the same Lancaster in the second world war.

Despite being found guilty, Bateman continues to maintain his innocence and refuses to disclose what happened to Fraser’s logbook, but the Earnshaw  photo album will shortly be returned to its owner’s descendants in Canada.

After Bateman’s trial, the police entrusted the album to Shere Fraser Lowe, daughter of Flight Sergeant John Fraser, so that she could return it to the Earnshaw family. In two days time she will present the photo album to Earnshaw’s nephew Jim Heather at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton, Alberta.

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International Bomber Command memorial – thieves attack again

Thieves have struck yet again at the International Bomber Command Memorial site in Lincoln, stealing a five metre flagpole and a Union Jack flag. The team behind the ongoing £9.5 million memorial and visitor centre project say they’re feeling “very frustrated” following the latest attack. Anyone with information relating to the theft should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101.

Millions of pounds are still needed to complete the The International Bomber Command Centre memorial and visitor centre on Canwick Hill in Lincoln before the last bomber aircrew veterans die. Continue reading