Vote for Petwood director Emma in family business award finals


emma_awardGreat news for Woodhall Spa – Petwood Hotel director Emma Brealey has been shortlisted as a finalist  in this year’s Midlands Family Business Awards, in the ‘Director of the Year’ category. Emma was in competition with over 120 entries from family businesses across the Midlands, and she is now among seven finalists in her category. Expert judging took place in September and the results will be announced at an awards ceremony on 17th November.

This year there’s a new People’s Choice award category. This involves an entirely public vote allowing you to support one finalist, so you can help Emma by voting for her between now and the end of the month. To cast your vote, you must register first here. It’s one vote per email address; no other use is made of your email address and you won’t get any subsequent marketing messages or mail. Continue reading

Expect the unexpected in Lincoln this weekend

Lincolnshire Sausages, famous Lincolnshire people and a Sci-fi show – an eclectic selection of attractions in the historic City of Lincoln over the coming weekend:



Lincoln Sausage Festival 2016

Celebrate all things sausage, including the famous Lincolnshire sausage, at the Lincoln Sausage Festival – in and around the Lincoln Castle grounds, 10am to 5pm, October 22. During the day there will be cooking demonstrations, food stalls of the best Lincolnshire produce from award winning Select Lincolnshire members, children’s entertainment and live music. Feeling hungry?

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From the Woodhall Spa noticeboards November 2016

More things to do in and around Woodhall Spa before the Christmas rush, in date order:




November 4

st_barnabas_logo_tw_106There’s a coffee morning in aid of Lincoln’s St Barnabas Hospice, at The Inn, from 10.30 to 12am. All welcome. Admission £2.



November 11

Think of England. In the summer of 1943 Bett and Vera traveled the country hosting tea dances for RAF fighter pilots stationed nearby. They’re back, (Bett and Vera that is) so join them at Minting Village Hall for a 1940s experience. Continue reading

Self help provides a new clubhouse for Woodhall bowlers

Phot courtesy Jubilee Park, Woodhall SpaAfter months of fundraising, members of Woodhall Spa’s Jubilee Park Bowling Club decided to use their own people power to finish the job of building their much needed new clubhouse.  They can now afford a £30,000 prefabricated building to provide larger premises, with its own kitchen and disabled toilets, but that’s just for starters.

To avoid further costs club members have been out on the site in the park with diggers and tools preparing the foundations for the building, having cleared the site themselves and taken down the old clubhouse – all under their own steam.

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Village twinning is alive and well in Woodhall Spa

I have come across media comment claiming that town twinning is dying out. There is some evidence to support that view, internationally, but the twinned villages of Woodhall Spa and Roëzé are bucking the alleged trend. Earlier this year a doughty band of Woodhall Spa and district families once again crossed the Channel to spend a long weekend with their French hosts en famille, and plans are now being drawn up for the next return visit in 2017.

As yet, dates have not been set, and Woodhall Spa Twinning Association secretary Margaret Horton is asking current members to confirm that they will be able to offer slices of English life once again next year. It seems likely that demand will exceed supply, as there may be more French families wishing to visit us than we have English families offering to welcome them into their homes, so we would be very pleased to hear from anyone in the Woodhall Spa area who would like to join in the fun. Continue reading

Wolds Words Festival 2016

wolds_words_2016_150The Wolds Words Festival is back again in October, celebrating the rich, diverse and unique culture of rural Lincolnshire. This year Horncastle features for the first time, joining the traditional venues in Louth, Spilsby and Alford.


In Horncastle the Community Cinema Club offers film screenings in the Stanhope Hall on 19th October and 23rd November. For the details visit their website or email  The club is operated for the benefit of the community by a small dedicated team of volunteers who aim to show a wide range of films. Tickets are available from The Horncastle Music Shop or on the door.

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Comedian Robert Webb opens new football pavilion

Well over a year ago, I reported on the campaign by Woodhall Spa Football Club to raise up to £25,000 to build a community Pavilion, through the Aviva Community Fund. It may have seemed then a long shot back then, but a few days ago the dream came true as celebrity comedian Robert Webb and MP Victoria Atkins officially opened Woodhall Spa United Junior Football Club’s new £363,951 changing pavilion.

The original fundraising effort was only the beginning; in fact the project was made possible by a £235,183 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities. Continue reading