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From the Woodhall Spa noticeboards, September / October 2018

Autumn’s in the air, but there’s still a lot going on in and around the village. Here are some seasonal suggestions for time out:

 

 

 

September 18

Music for Woodhall welcomes one of the team of resident organists at the famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Born and educated in Wigan, Lancashire, John has been playing the organ since the age of 8 and he’s been at the Blackpool Tower since he took up the job at the age of 16, straight from school. John’s unique playing style means he is always in demand to both ballroom dancers and die hard fans of organ music.

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Lincolnshire dialects appreciation group

I was told wen I were a yungun to find misen a good big fen wench to wed. Cos wen hoss dies yow cn hich er to plow. Quit your yawpin’ and bealin’! Yor yuckin and snatchin like a broken winded pissmyre. “Wim-wams fer winder-shutters”. Ya daft wazzack! What tha piggin erries a ya muckin aboot at!

Just a few Lincolnshire dialect pearls gleaned from a new Facebook Group, the Lincolnshire Dialects Appreciation Society. If you understand any of this, or you want to, then you can join the closed group here. Want some more?

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Travel the Aviation Trails

“These series of trails are the musings of an aviation enthusiast with too much time on their hands. I simply have a love of aviation (in particular military) having been introduced by my father’s stories of his time in the Royal Air Force during the 1950s.”

This is the opening gambit by the writer of “Aviation Trails”, a blog inspired by his own love of aviation which stems from his father and his own love of aircraft. This is a personal treasure trove for all those interested in aviation, featuring 53 trails throughout Great Britain, from Kent to the Scottish Borders, packed with info and pictures. Coningsby and Woodhall Spa airfields feature in Trail 1.

Aviation Trails Home Page
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Petwood wedding open day

We will host our next Wedding Open Day on Sunday 16th September. This is a great opportunity to explore our beautiful venue and grounds and meet our Events team. Please note that this is not a Wedding Fayre, but we will showcase products and services from our carefully selected partners to help you create your perfect day.

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Road works in Horncastle, Woodhall Spa and Kirkby on Bain

Major road works in Horncastle started yesterday, involving carriageway resurfacing, junction and traffic signal improvements in the town centre and the construction of a new shared footway/cycle pathway on Langton Hill.

Phase 1: West Street to be reconstructed from the junction with Reindeer Close to the Bridge Street/Prospect Street junction. Works are scheduled to end by September 10th.

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An afternoon with The DreamBelles

The DreamBelles
Sunday 19th August 2018

The Petwood Summer Sunday music programme continues with entertainment from the fabulous DreamBelles. Enjoy afternoon tea on the terrace accompanied by the wonderful sound of these 1940s tribute singers, 3-5pm.

Afternoon Tea will be available to order on the day and there’s no need to book! Just turn up and enjoy. Continue reading

American reconnaissance pilot flew a Spitfire in 1944

A friend of mine has come across a remarkable film about John Blyth, an 18 year-old just out of high school who was trained to take pictures of damage done to German targets by US bombers in 1944.  He flew in a British Spitfire fitted with extra fuel tanks where the guns were suppose to be.  In other words, he flew over Germany unarmed. At 18 years old, he was all alone, behind enemy lines, with no guns, no escort, and he gladly did it.

This documentary, filmed in 2005, is built around an interview with the then 83-year-old Spitfire pilot, combined with sequences extracted from two suitcases-full of 16mm home movies inherited by filmmaker William Lorton from his great-uncle who served as a Flight Surgeon. Wait for the golden moment when John sees his 18-year-old self on archive film for the first time.


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