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Book now to dine out with the Trotters

This is the show you’ve all been asking for – and it’s brought to you by the people behind the worldwide smash hit, Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience.

Meet the pride of Peckham in a night of eating, wheeling and dealing at the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa. The fun starts from the moment audiences you the Trotters and their friends for a knees-up. Meanwhile, of course, they try to drum up some cash and make a cheeky saving on the side. So why is the pub closed on the busiest night of the week…?

Book now for the Friday night – the Saturday show is fully booked.

Details (and a trailer…….):

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The Woodhall Spa Trail in winter

Just because it’s January, there’s no excuse for not going out to enjoy our Lincolnshire countryside, and there are some really enjoyable walks not far from the village centre. I have mentioned the Water Rail Way, which follows the River Witham from Boston to Lincoln, but another favourite is the Woodhall Spa Trail, which connects the village to the nearby market town of Horncastle.

This trail features in the iFootpath Walking Guide online series where you will find a mine of information for each section of this walk. The succinct introduction talks of: “A 7 mile ‘there and back’ walk along the mid section of the old Horncastle to Woodhall Junction railway line in Lincolnshire, known as the Spa Trail. The trail, part of the Viking Way long distance path, passes through a mix of woodland and open countryside. Along the way you will discover impressive sculptures made from wood, stone and metal, all reflecting local wildlife and links with the past.”

The iFootpath web page also has a photo gallery and a couple of comments, one of which sums the walk up well: “Done this walk many times with the ramblers and ourselves. Never tire of – it’s a lovely winter walk even without your walking boots on. Well worth a visit and with pubs & tea shops either end you cannot fail to enjoy.”

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Zorro comes to Horncastle………

……..but not as you know him (or her)!

Book now for Zorro the Panto at the Lion Theatre in Horncastle. The show runs from 30th January to 2nd February and 6th to 9th February 2019, 7.30 nightly and 3pm Saturday matinees at the Lion Theatre, but some shows are sold out, so saddle up amigos to make sure you get a seat. Availability and Booking details here

Here’s the blurb:

Our pantomime Dame, Senora Margarita Juanita Fajita will guide you through all the fun and frolics as only a typical Dame can. As always there will be plenty of songs and dances brought to you by our Musical Director Chris Hinkins and Choreographer Nancy Shackleton, with such classics as Dance the Night Away, La Bamba and (you heard it here first) Little White Bull! A pair of slapstick firemen add to the comedy and chaos and we even have a visit from a famous President!         Continue reading

Music for Woodhall: John Cooper

John Cooper showed interest in music at the age of 11 when his dad and sister attended music lessons, playing the electronic organ. It wasn’t long before they realised that John had an ear for music. He would often come home after their lesson and play the tune that they were learning before them, without the aid of music. You would often catch John balancing on one leg so he could play the pedals, although it wasn’t long before he was tall enough to reach them while sitting on the organ stool.

Years later now and you can hear him playing next week in St Peter’s hall in Woodhall Spa at 7pm, January 15th. Contact Philip Groves 01526 353225 for details. Continue reading

Good News for Dambusters fans

After a decade of disappointments, Dambusters blogger Charles Foster is happy about the prospects of a new film based on James Holland’s 2012 book, Dam Busters: The Race to Smash the Dams 1943: “Director Peter Jackson’s recent announcement that he is pressing on with his project to remake The Dam Busters film has been widely welcomed. “It’s just a great story. It’s always been a great story,” he told the Daily Telegraph on Thursday. “But it’s an even greater story now than it was in 1955 because back then there was still so much of the story that was under The Official Secrets Act.”

The full story      

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New Year’s resolution – join the twinners

On behalf of Dave Eldridge, WSTA Chairman:

Last year a merry 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 by our partners from Roëzé sur Sarthe in May this 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 Woodhall spa who would like to join in the fun.

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