I’m looking forward to meeting other Dams Raid aficionados this coming Tuesday, 10 July, at two events in Lincoln.The first is at 3pm in the International Bomber Command Centre, Canwick Hill. The second is at 6pm in Waterstone’s Bookshop, High Street. At both events I will be talking about the research that went into my new book, The Complete Dambusters, and also signing copies.
Local historian, writer and artist Edward Mayor invites you to a day at the Petwood Hotel dedicated to the art of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s most loved painters. You can discover his life and work in the Garden Room, against the background of the hotel’s restored Peto gardens, and view five painted copies of Van Gogh’s great paintings in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, copied by Edward. The date for your diary is July 22, and the event runs from 11am to 4.30pm
At 2pm Edward will give an informal talk about the paintings he has copied and examine the myths which cling to the artist. Also on offer, a sumptuous collection of books and catalogues featuring every surviving Van Gogh painting, print and drawing, and even a chance to win a set of prints and a Petwood voucher by doing your own copy of a Van Gogh drawing. Continue reading
From the Sopwith Camel to the Eurofighter Typhoon via the Avro Lancaster, here’s a present for RAF warplane enthusiasts. Fine illustrations, fascinating videos, clear technical information, concise writing, interesting quotes. Aircraft Of The RAF, A Tour Of The Royal Air Force’s Top 10 Planes, by Greg Allwood and James Knapman, from The Forces Network.
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The Horncastle Theatre Company’s next production is billed as a comedy drama. It’s about an all-female theatre company touring Britain during the darkest days of World War Two, written by a well-known actress and premiered in the West End. The well-known actress is Imogen Stubbs (Lady Nunn) and the play is directed by the indefatigable Penny Holland. You can catch it on the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st July, 7.30 pm at the Lion Theatre. Booking: Horncastle Music Shop (01507 526 566) or On Line. Tickets: £7 (Concessions £6)
The play is inspired by the real-life Osiris Players, whose travelling productions during the war inspired many to take up the profession – Judi Dench to name but one.
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The open air swimming pool in Jubilee Park recently featured in the Guardian’s ten best lesser-known UK Lidos. Well, quite right too. Here’s what they said:
“Jubilee Park, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. Tucked into the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside, Woodhall Spa has a charm that harks back to simpler times. At its heart is Jubilee Park, featuring recreation grounds, rose gardens, a bandstand and a heated 33-metre pool that sits in its own immaculately manicured grounds. There is a lovely campsite in the park, right next to the pool, so campers can practically roll out of bed into the water. Next to the main pool is a baby pool, and there’s a slide and a fountain to entertain younger swimmers. While lounging on the grass with a good book and some cake from the excellent on-site cafe is another option.”
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The Petwood Hotel is the proud sponsor of this 55-mile cycling and walking trail, just one of eight on offer around the city of Lincoln and surrounding countryside commemorating 100 years of the RAF and the close association that Lincoln and Lincolnshire has with aviation. It’s part of Visit Lincoln’s 100 Voices initiative, which tells the story of the RAF through the people who have experienced it, both men and women, in military and civilian roles. The 100 Voices are presented on “Wings” placed in a hundred Lincoln and Lincolnshire locations that have an association with the RAF.
This circular trail starts in Lincoln and brings you via the Water Rail Way to the Woodhall Spa wing near the war memorial, only a short ride or walk to The Petwood, where you can experience the famous “Dambusters” 617 Squadron Officers’ Mess. Continue reading
Colin Walsh – Organist Laureate at Lincoln Cathedral is returning to St. Peter’s Church Woodhall Spa on Tuesday 3rd July at 2pm for a free recital. All welcome!
“Colin Walsh is an English organist, who has played many recitals in various religious venues in England as well as two at the Royal Festival Hall. He has also played in many European countries and New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA. Some of his work has been released on the Priory label. He has worked as an organist or assistant organist at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle; Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Salisbury Cathedral (1978-1985); St. Albans Cathedral (1985-1988); and Lincoln Cathedral. In July 2002 there were plans to sack Walsh, whom The Telegraph described as “one of Europe’s finest church organists”, after differences with the Precentor, Andrew Stokes; however this plan was dropped and he was given a new role. Since January 2003 he has been Organist Laureate of Lincoln Cathedral.” [BBC Music profile] Continue reading