Reward offered for stolen Dambuster logbook

Photo courtesy Charles FosterThe latest twist in the story of the stolen logbook is that Shere Fraser Lowe, the daughter of its owner Sgt John Fraser, has offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to its return. It was loaned to researcher Alex Bateman by the Fraser family for his work. Bateman was jailed for two years in February this year for theft after failing to return it. Shere explained: “Some people say it’s just a document, a piece of paper, but that’s not what it is to me – it’s priceless. Because I lost him at a very young age – I value every little piece – so to get it back would be like getting a piece of my father back.”

Thanks once again to Charles Foster, who has followed this story so diligently on his excellent Dambusters Blog. Continue reading

SO Festival Cake Fest

From Katie-Louise Green, SO Festival Coordinator for Magna Vitae:

Cake Fest will be showcased at SO Festival on Sunday 2nd July. It’s basically a 100 square metre edible map of East Lindsey.

 

People are coming forward to bake landmarks of East Lindsey, to be placed on the map. Landmarks such as The Lancaster and Tattershall Castle will be created. There are hundreds of villages and churches, and I would absolutely love having a number of cake churches created for the map. Would Woodhall Spa like to be involved? Continue reading

Free Choral Concert

As part of the Horncastle Arts and Music festival, this concert offers you a varied programme including Schubert’s Mass in G, Elgar’s “From the Bavarian Highlands” and a selection of Victorian Music. It’s at St. Mary’s Church, Horncastle, starting 7.30pm on Saturday May 13th. There will be a retiring collection in aid of the Air Ambulance.

This post is reblogged by permission of the Kirkby on Bain Website

Dambusters photos restored to family after Bateman trial

From Charles Foster, the Dambusters blog:

Before the trial of Alex Bateman, recently jailed for the theft of Flight Sergeant John Fraser’s logbook, the Metropolitan Police found a photo album belonging to  Flight Officer Ken Earnshaw in Bateman’s London house. Both officers flew on the same Lancaster in the second world war.

Despite being found guilty, Bateman continues to maintain his innocence and refuses to disclose what happened to Fraser’s logbook, but the Earnshaw  photo album will shortly be returned to its owner’s descendants in Canada.

After Bateman’s trial, the police entrusted the album to Shere Fraser Lowe, daughter of Flight Sergeant John Fraser, so that she could return it to the Earnshaw family. In two days time she will present the photo album to Earnshaw’s nephew Jim Heather at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton, Alberta.

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Log book thief jailed for two years

From Charles Foster, Dambusters Blog, February 11:

“Alex Bateman has been sent to jail for two years following his conviction for the theft of the logbook belonging to Flt Sgt John Fraser, the bomb aimer who flew in John Hopgood’s crew on the Dams Raid in May 1943.”

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Horncastle Christmas Concert

Horncastle and District Choral Society presents excerpts from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and a selection of carols at St Mary’s Church, Horncastle at 7.30pm on Saturday December 10th. Admission is £7 to include refreshments, and tickets are available on the door or from choir members.

The choir is conducted by Caroline Chadderton and accompanied by Chris Hinkins. Soloists: Gail Hinkins, Gerald Moreton. Len Sutton, Isobel Wilson and Paul Wright.

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Kirkby on Bain cyclists raise funds for their church

In Kirkby on Bain near Woodhall Spa it’s time to saddle up and hit the road once again for the Annual Sponsored Bike Ride “Ride+Strides”, in aid of St. Mary’s church. Scheduled for Saturday 10th September, this fundraising event is backed by the Lincolnshire Churches Trust. Last year’s event raised a much appreciated grand total of £552.

Please support this year’s ride and see if the record can be beaten! If you are not convinced, do download this poster sent in by John Dudley – it says it all. To find out how you can help raise some cash for urgent repairs, contact local organiser Betty Dixon, on 01526 353395. Continue reading