Rutter meets Gilbert and Sullivan in Horncastle

On the programme for the next Horncastle and District Choral Society concert – “Anthems through the ages” and “Gilbert and Sullivan Galore”. Join us at St Mary’s Church, May 18, at 7.30 pm. Admission is £7. The choir is conducted by Caroline Boden and accompanied by Chris Hinkins. Full details:         Continue reading

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Roman farm discovered near Woodhall Spa

On a fine day in December last year, Alan Stephenson, Quarry Operations Manager at the Woodhall Spa Quarry, organised an open afternoon following the recent discovery by local archaeologists of a Roman settlement. It was a fascinating event, led by Lydia Hendry, Community Archaeologist, Heritage Lincolnshire, and her team. She took us round the site in small groups and explained what they had found so far, demystifying numerous trenches, artifacts and data. Lydia has very kindly written an account of the December event:

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Feel Good Coffee Morning

From Sue Frith Grau, Horncastle Just Events:

Continuing our “FEEL GOOD” theme, we have Sarah Parkes as our Friday morning coffee speaker. 25th January St Mary’s Church Horncastle 10am – 12. Everyone welcome.

Sarah has an academic background in chemistry, and concentrates on demystifying the science behind our health and wellbeing, making it all a little less scary. So if you don’t leap out of bed in the mornings feeling refreshed, motivated and ready to change the world, Sarah can help. Ironically I’m bringing cake 🙂

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New Year’s resolution – join the twinners

On behalf of Dave Eldridge, WSTA Chairman:

Last year a merry band of Woodhall Spa and district families once again crossed the Channel to spend a long weekend with their French hosts en famille, and plans are now being drawn up for the next return visit by our partners from Roëzé sur Sarthe in May this year.

It seems likely that demand will exceed supply, as there may be more French families wishing to visit us than we have English families offering to welcome them into their homes, so we would be very pleased to hear from anyone in Woodhall spa who would like to join in the fun.

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Scampton closure: Charles Foster comments

Image courtesy Charles FosterTaken as a whole, the airfield is a vast space, big enough for a 9,000ft runway, so any development could well be done piecemeal. It is to be hoped that, if it is to be sold, consideration is given to the preservation of enough of RAF Scampton’s historic features to make a fitting tribute to the generations of personnel who have served there over the last 100 years.

Wise words perhaps from Charles, Dambusters Blog writer and nephew of Dambuster pilot David Maltby. Essential reading for all those disappointed by the latest government announcement that RAF Scampton is to close by 2022, leading to the relocation of the Red Arrows and the other RAF personnel who work there.

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Lancaster Legends Charity Duck Race

From Sammi Vamplew (Facebook)

1 July at 12:00–15:00,  The Black Swan, 93 High Street, LN4 4RF Coningsby

So the next exciting event for the Lancaster Legends is a Duck Race/fun afternoon!! Details are just being finalised but you can start buying your ducks now! Ducks are £2.50 each and can be purchased via this event page or from a Lancaster Legends member. The race will start at approximately 1.30pm and you have a chance to win.

1st prize – £100
2nd prize – £50
3rd prize – £25
4th prize £10
5th prize £5

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Dambusters blog catch up

Dambusters blogger Charles Foster writes about his new book:

In Lincoln, for one night only

If you are based in or near the city of Lincoln, you are welcome to come along to a talk and signing session I am doing at the city’s Waterstone’s bookshop on Tuesday 10 July at 6.30pm. I will be telling some of the family stories I came across while researching my Complete Dambusters book as well as showing some pictures which weren’t used in the final publication. I will also be debunking some of the often-repeated mythical stories about how the men who took part in the Dams Raid were chosen.

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