Adult Education Horncastle celebrates 100 years of the RAF

Adult Education Horncastle are hosting a Festival of Talks 2018, starting in April. “This year we celebrate each of the 100 years of the RAF. QEGS Horncastle continues on its well established and glorious journey alongside the RAF in Lincolnshire.  Being well placed in the centre of the county QEGS has welcomed hundreds of air force children through its doors, where it has nurtured them for however long their parents have been stationed in the area. In Adult Ed we do our part and help with training to ease the way back to Civvy Street.  Many members of staff continue to have affiliation with the RAF.  We celebrate them all!  Keep a look out on all media for updates…”

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Petwood resident pianist on the internet

If you have ever had Sunday lunch at the Petwood, you most your dining experience will have been accompanied on the piano by the talented Helen Clarke, resident pianist since 1997. She tells us that you can now preview her recording of “Unchained Melody” on Apple Music and download the classic via her home page.

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Johnny Johnson goes to the Palace

As you may have seen or heard on the news, one of the last two men alive who took part in the Dams Raid, George ‘Johnny’ Johnson, was decorated this week with the MBE by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace investiture, following a campaign for Johhny’s recognition led by TV presenter Carol Vorderman, and a public petition.

Johnny, who was born in Hameringham, near Horncastle, joined the RAF aged 19 and flew 50 missions between 1942 and 1944 before retiring in 1962 to live in Bristol, having reached the rank of squadron leader. He was awarded the DFM in 1943, and an honorary doctorate at the University of Lincoln earlier this year. As well as attracting international press and media coverage, the story was reported by Charles Foster on his excellent Dambusters Blog Continue reading

Lincolnshire Wolds videos

Earlier this month I noticed three rather nice videos on Youtube promoting the Lincolnshire Wolds which have now been compiled into one feature. There are quite a few scenes shot on our patch, dotted around the three original films, so it’s worth staying with it to the end. Why not sit back, take your mind off mustard gas down in the woods and see how many places or people you recognise!

From the Woodhall Spa noticeboards October 2017

An autumnal selection of things to do in and around Woodhall Spa:

Today! (October 17)

Music for Woodhall. This month’s guest organist is Janet Dowsett:


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Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days: September 7 -10, 2017

 

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are not usually publicly accessible or would normally charge a fee. It also includes tours, events and activities that focus on and celebrate the local heritage of the area. Since 1994 Heritage Lincolnshire has coordinated Heritage Open Days within the historic county.  This year’s festival will be one of the biggest yet, with over 140 free events. The theme is Freedom, Justice & Equality to mark the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest, a copy of which is held alongside Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle.

The festival brochure was launched at the Lincolnshire Show on 21st June. It is also available from libraries, tourist information centres and heritage sites across the county and from our offices in Heckington. You can also download a printable copy here.

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Vera gets a makeover in Canada

Don’t worry, it’s only temporary! Petwood Hotel Director Emma Brealey recently spent some time in Hamilton, Ontario, and sent back a souvenir video (via Facebook,) showing “our” Lancaster being transformed with the temporary markings of the Ruhr Express, KB700, Canada’s first built Lancaster. All was revealed at a special event at the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum. “It’s so wonderful to see our Canadian friends on screen again – and doesn’t Vera film well?!”

[If you can’t hear any sound, uncheck the default speaker mute setting on the Facebook player control bar at the bottom right of the screen]

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