The Petwood Hotel is hosting the ‘Woodhall’s Fallen’ exhibition from today, through to Sunday November 7, 10am to 8pm. The free exhibition is one outcome of the Wartime Woodhall initiative, organised by a group of village residents who have asked the Woodhall Spa community to come forward with their stories of the village’s fallen in both the Great War and 2nd World War. In association with our award-winning Cottage Museum, the aim of Wartime Woodhall is to raise awareness among the community of the village’s historic and important role in both conflicts.
Visitors can find out about the reality of wartime life through memorabilia and biographies of servicemen from Woodhall Spa who lost their lives during Word War One and World War Two, captured by pupils from St Andrew’s School, who filmed interviews with senior members of the community in which they reflect on their own wartime experiences, such as 92 year-old army veteran Guy Newton:
Interviewed by the Horncastle Times, spokesman Graham Keegan said: “The contributions of these local men are extraordinary – from serving in the Imperial Camel Corps to being awarded the Military Cross on the battlefields of Northern France.” On the role of the St Andrew’s school pupils he added: “They have undertaken an excellent project and the videos they have made are remarkable. They give a fascinating insight into what life was like for local people during the Second World War.”
You can view other Wartime Woodhall films here.
Looking forward, there are plans to create wartime heritage trail through Woodhall, featuring sites of historical importance. Funding has been secured and the project has the backing of Woodhall Spa Parish Council.
You can also follow the project’s progress on social media: