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

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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.

Local Highlights:

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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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August at the Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum

Woodhall Spa’s Cottage Museum may seem small, but it is one of Lincolnshire’s finest, having literally risen like a Phoenix from the flames since an arson attack in 2011. It was originally “…..the vision of one man, John Wield, over a hundred years ago. He foresaw that one-day people would ask about the origins of the then young Victorian spa community and so set about recording what he could for the future. John had a fascination with the art of photography, one of his many interests, and it is his photographic collection, which forms the basis for today’s Cottage Museum.”

But as well as capturing the village’s fascinating past, the museum hosts a range of special events throughout the summer. Here’s the August programme:

August 3 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Creative Clay – Fantasy Creatures. This is another of our fun-filled children’s event. Come and have fun with different modelling materials. The event is only £3.00 per child and this covers all the materials. Continue reading

Free lunchtime concerts in Horncastle

All welcome at St. Mary’s Church Horncastle for a series of free informal concerts on Thursdays at 1.15.

  • July 20: Colette Cooper Acapella
  • July 27: Angela Griffin (Flute) and Banovallum Singers
  • August 3: Bob Edwards (bass) Tom Thorpe (tenor)
  • August 10: Stuart Gill (Guitar)
  • August 17: Rev. Michael (piano) Mike & Joanne Smythe (cello & viola)
  • August 24: Outdoor Cats (duo)
  • August 31: Wolds Wind
  • September 7: Lindsey Quartet (strings & piano)

Coffee available – come and go as you please! Website