Countdown to Woodhall Spa forties weekend 2019

40s_police_box_150Once again Woodhall Spa braces itself for the annual journey back in time that is Forties Weekend. This year the festival is scheduled for this weekend (July 13 / 14.) Mostly the fun is free; there is a charge of £7.50 for Park and Ride and some concerts and dances are ticket only. For all the latest news, visit the forties weekend home page. If you haven’t been before, here’s a taste from 2017:

Petwood events
Mad about the forties
Last year

The Petwood Hotel is proud to be a Leading Ally again this year.

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International Bomber Command D-Day Concerts

As part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day the International Bomber Command Centre is pleased to present a weekend of concerts.

Saturday the 8th June sees a celebration of all things 40’s – tributes to Vera Lynn, George Formby, Flannagan & Allen, Gracie Fields, Andrews Sisters, G.I. Frank Sinatra, Windsor Davis & Don Estelle, with Air Raid Warden as host & Compere, delivered with five piece band for full show. The evening will also include sketches and skits from It Ain’t Half Hot Mum and Dad’s Army. Tickets are £25.00 per adult (Children free).Parking at £5 per car. Book online now.
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RIP Dr Mary Stopes-Roe

Dambusters Blogger Charles Foster has told us that there will be a public service of celebration for the life of Dr Mary Stopes-Roe at 1.30pm on Wednesday 12 June at St Mary’s Church, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8HW.

“Mary Eyre Wallis was born in York in 1927, the second of the four children of Barnes and Molly Wallis. When her father’s job at Vickers took him to Brooklands in Surrey, the family moved to nearby Effingham. Mary went away to boarding school at Godolphin School in Salisbury, and was a pupil there in the run up to the Dams Raid in 1943.             Continue reading

The Dambusters outdoor screening

The Petwood Hotel and the Kinema in the woods are proud to present an outdoor screening of Michael Anderson’s wartime epic ‘The Dam Busters’ starring Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave. Friday 17th May 2019 is the day for your diary and the show begins at 9.00pm in the grounds of the Petwood Hotel. Tickets are only available directly from the Kinema in Woods. Book online here

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Woodhall Spa 40s festival 2019

Only weeks away now for that weekend when Woodhall Spa once again rolls out the time machine with the dial set to the1940s. This year the festival is scheduled for the third weekend in 13th-14th July 2019, so if you enjoy flypasts, parades, period costumes, big band music and the like, all to be found in one of the most attractive villages in Lincolnshire, then you know where to be that weekend.

Meantime, if you want to keep abreast of the plans, your best bet is to follow the festival on Facebook and do keep an eye on the official website too. Continue reading

A recipe from Helsinki

One of the benefits of blogging is that you discover the work of other bloggers. One such is Asli, who calls her blog “My Dear Kitchen In Helsinki”. She describes herself as “a designer based in Helsinki, who turned into a food blogger / eating designer / baker and finally found the meaning of life by cooking, baking and eating together.” Asli follows this blog, so I get loads of recipes – let me share her latest vegan creation with you – Upside Down Pineapple Cake

What I like about Asli’s blog is that as well as some interesting recipes, she tells stories about her life.  Like this incident:
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An evening at the Petwood with Bill Ramsey

Join us on April 4th for An Evening With Bill Ramsey – the last Vulcan Captain. At 7pm Bill will be talking us through his truly extraordinary career which includes flying the Lancaster and Dakota with the BBMF, four years as Wing Commander with the Red Arrows and so much more.

This is the first of a series of talks called ‘An Evening With…’ which we will be hosting throughout the year. It is not an event you want to miss! The Petwood will be making a donation from tickets sales to Bill’s chosen charity, The People’s Mosquito.

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