Woodhall Spa: A visit to the bank might get a bit easier

Horncastle and ELDC Councillor Fiona Martin announced at a town council meeting last Tuesday evening that as part of East Lindsey District Council’s latest review into car parking, there may be a 30-minute free parking period in the Market Place in future. While stressing the proposal has yet to be ratified, Councillor Martin said that combined with the retention of all day free parking at The Wong this could only benefit the town.

It strikes me that it would also benefit residents of Woodhall Spa and other neighbouring villages who lost access to the only bank in Woodhall Spa in 2012 after it’s ATM was robbed by ram-raiders in 2010, and to Woodhall’s thousands of summer visitors, who must find it quite bizarre that Horncastle has three banks and Woodhall Spa has none. Continue reading

Easter at Tattershall Castle

Photo courtesy Lincolnshire LiveThe Cadbury Egg Hunt returns to Tattershall Castle from Friday 14 April to Monday 17 April.

“Explore the Castle, spot the clues and claim your chocolate prize with our family-friendly Egg hunt, in partnership with Cadbury. The Cadbury Bunny has bounced into Tattershall Castle and borrowed Lord Cromwell’s biggest treasure chest for his stash of precious chocolate. Our floppy-eared friend has left clues around the castle for you to unlock the chest and claim your own choccy treat. To get your hands on the edible treasure you’ll need to scour the great tower, hop across the moat bridges and hunt through the ruins to collect your answers” Continue reading

Wear your wellies at Frampton Marsh

Frampton Marsh is a nature reserve near Boston run by the RSPB, where on a good day you may hear a chorus of skylarks high over wet grassland, watch aerobatic displays by lapwings or even see brown hares using the fields as boxing rings in the mating season.

Having spent a few bracing hours out there last weekend, and despite a gale-force wind and some soggy socks (my fault, unsuitable footwear!) I can recommend this intriguing patch of wilderness, only a few miles from Woodhall Spa.

Continue reading

Plan your own Lincolnshire Aviation trail

I read recently that Lincoln is “the perfect base to explore Lincolnshire’s rich aviation heritage”. Well “perfect” is debatable – Lincoln is a fine city, but why not avoid the city crowds and make Woodhall Spa your Lincolnshire aviation trail base?

For instance, where else can you stay and dine in a hotel which was home to the 617 “Dambusters” Squadron in 1942, complete with the original officers’ mess? The Squadron Bar at the Petwood Hotel features a range of memorabilia and tributes to Guy Gibson VC, Leonard Cheshire VC and their Officers, and so is itself an aviation hotspot, often overlooked in tourist articles.

There are other advantages, apart from peace and quiet. Woodhall Spa is nearer than Lincoln to some key aviation destinations, such as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby, the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and Thorpe Camp. Other must-do aviation attractions a little farther afield, such as the Newark Air Museum or Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, are within easy reach by car. You are less likely to get snarled up in city traffic than you would be in Lincoln, which is a nightmare right now with the building of the new bus station complex.

So, to help you plan your ideal Lincolnshire aviation trail, here are some useful links, and a memorable video: Continue reading

Steptoe and Son on stage near you

Fancy an evening with the famous rag-and-bone men of Shepherd’s Bush? Lincolnshire-based Hambledon Productions are bringing them back to life at the Broadbent Theatre in Wickenby this Saturday, March 18, and at the Red Lion Theatre in Horncastle on April 6. You can book online here

“Hambledon Productions was established in 2007 by brother and sister team John and Rachael Hewer. The company is based in Lincolnshire and produces a wide range of eclectic work while striving to take theatre into communities that may not have the opportunity to experience new theatre productions. Continue reading

Sherlock comes to Horncastle

Image courtesy SLJ BlogsHorncastle Theatre Company present Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic thriller The Hound Of The Baskervilles, adapted by Tim Kelly and directed by Priscilla Danby-Burbidge.

The play opens at the The Lion Theatre on Wednesday 29 March and runs to Saturday 1 April.  All performances start at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £7, £6 for concessions. Box Office: Horncastle Music Shop, 10 Bull Ring, Horncastle Tel: 01507 526566. Call to check latest times or cancellations. Continue reading

From the Woodhall Spa noticeboards March 2017

Our early spring selection of things to do in and around Woodhall Spa:

 

 

 

March 21

Returning to Woodhall Spa this month is international concert organist Nicholas Martin. He will be on stage at St Peter’s Church Hall, Woodhall Spa, 7.30pm. Contact Philip Groves, Music for Woodhall, 01526 353225. Website.

 

Continue reading