Standing room only at mustard gas public meeting

Thanks to Councillor William Gray for this report on yesterday’s mustard gas incident public meeting at the Petwood Hotel, where by all accounts it was standing room only:

“There was a thorough briefing on ‘Police Operation Saddleback’. 22 agencies have been involved. 14 ammunition boxes of have been recovered from Kirkby Woods. 13 boxes contained mustard gas bombs. These are now being destroyed safely away from the site.

10 gas canisters have been recovered from a lake in Stixwould. They had not leaked and therefore the lake has not been contaminated. 3 people have been arrested and are on bail.

A small area of land in the woods has been contaminated and decontamination will now take place. East Lindsey District Council will oversee this operation with the assistance of professionals. Kirkby Lane will remain closed at present and the site will be fenced to prevent access. Continue reading

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Public meeting: mustard gas

From East Lindsey District Council:

There will be a meeting held at the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa on the evening of Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 6.30pm, to update the community in regard to the recent discovery of Mustard Gas in woodland off Kirkby Lane. The meeting is primarily aimed at those living in close proximity to the woodland. At the meeting the Army, Police and District Council will all provide updates and details of next steps in addressing the issue of contaminated land. There will also be the chance for the community to ask questions. We have launched a webpage to keep the community informed as work progresses on site.

Stuart Davy
Chief Executive, East Lindsey District Council Continue reading

Spitfire news update

From the BBMF website (August 29, 2017)

Following the recent pause in flying our Merlin-powered aircraft for safety reasons, OC BBMF said: “As I hope you all know, my aim is to keep these vital and unique artefacts of Britain’s proud history in the sky forever. To do that we sometimes have to take extra precautions, with our eye sharply on continuing safety, to ensure that we can keep them flying for future generations. I thank each and every one of you who has voiced their support and shown their understanding. We will get them back into the blue as soon we can.

MOD update:

“Our investigation has confirmed an issue with a pinion gear in a Merlin engine. With the precise cause of the problem known, each pinion gear is now being inspected to confirm it meets our exacting standards, with the BBMF and industry putting all of our efforts into getting these beautiful aircraft safely back in the air as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, how about this recent air-to-air video? Continue reading

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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WW2 museum now open at Frieston Shore

The well known We’ll Meet Again mobile museum now has a static home at Freiston Shore, following a VIP Opening Event on 11th August. The museum is open to the public 10:00am to 16:00pm, Friday to Sunday, and will be offering private teaching events to schools and other organisations on three separate days, mid-week.

The team will still be able to offer their unique and critically acclaimed teaching experience to children, in a safe and secure environment, as well as display their impressive collection of WW1 and WW2 artefacts to all. Read Dame Vera Lynn’s endorsement Continue reading

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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The Snowman returns to Lincoln Cathedral

Following the success of last year, The Snowman is returning to Lincoln Cathedral for five performances on Saturday 18 November, Showing at: 11:30, 13:30, 15:00, 19:00 and 20:30. This festive Christmas classic will be shown on the big screen in the Nave, lit to create a magical atmosphere, accompanied by a live orchestra and soloists from Lincoln Cathedral Choir, who will make the most of the incredible acoustics of the Cathedral to ensure an unforgettable experience for adults and children alike. Links to buy tickets will be appear on the Cathedral website on Tuesday 1 August at 9:30am.

Originally published in 1978, The Snowman, created and illustrated by Raymond Briggs has become one of the world’s most popular children’s books, selling in excess of 8.5 million copies worldwide and being translated into over 15 languages. The book was adapted for screen by producer John Coates, first aired in 1982 and later broadcast on a global scale. Continue reading