From the Woodhall Noticeboards March 2018

First trawl of the year!





March 20

Howard Beaumont is this month’s guest performer at Music for Woodhall. Howard has returned to the concert circuit with a new instrument, the Roland Atelier 350c portable organ which has all the big organ, jazz combo and orchestral voices to thrill the audience. He will be on stage at St Peter’s Church Hall, Woodhall Spa, 7.30pm. Contact Philip Groves 01526 353225. Website          Continue reading


Join the RAF Memorial Flight Club!

What a good idea!

When you join the RAF Memorial Flight Club, here’s what you will get straight away:



  • Visitor guide – the official guide to the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) and its historic aircraft
  • Latest Club magazine – behind-the-scenes news and images from the Flight, plus some fascinating wartime history
  • Aircraft data sheets – specifications of the Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster and Dakota
  • Member gifts – a membership card, pin badge, car sticker, wall planner, poster and pen.
  • Free aircraft hangar tours – show your membership card at the BBMF Visitor Centre, RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire and you can claim a free tour of the aircraft hangar. A tour normally costs £7 for adults.
  • Automatic entry into a monthly members’ ballot to win exclusive prizes such as VIP visits to the BBMF at RAF Coningsby, tickets to a BBMF flying-display event, prints and artwork signed by BBMF pilots, memorabilia signed by BBMF pilots, books, DVDs and other merchandise.

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Adult Education Horncastle celebrates 100 years of the RAF

Adult Education Horncastle are hosting a Festival of Talks 2018, starting in April. “This year we celebrate each of the 100 years of the RAF. QEGS Horncastle continues on its well established and glorious journey alongside the RAF in Lincolnshire.  Being well placed in the centre of the county QEGS has welcomed hundreds of air force children through its doors, where it has nurtured them for however long their parents have been stationed in the area. In Adult Ed we do our part and help with training to ease the way back to Civvy Street.  Many members of staff continue to have affiliation with the RAF.  We celebrate them all!  Keep a look out on all media for updates…”

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Dutch Dambuster memorial opening announced

From Charles Foster – Dambusters blog:Image courtesy Charles Foster

“News…..from the appeal for a memorial near the spot on the Dutch coast where Melvin Young’s AJ-A was shot down returning from the Dams Raid, early in the morning of Monday 17 May 1943. Local organiser Jan van Dalen has announced that the appeal has now raised over €4600, and that a local stonemason has been commissioned.

The unveiling of the memorial will take place at 11.00 am local time on Friday 18 May 2018, at Castricum aan Zee.” Full details


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International Bomber Command memorial video

Here’s a clever video about the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln, posted on Facebook by BBC Look North: (Click on the loudspeaker icon to hear the music.)

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Petwood resident pianist on the internet

If you have ever had Sunday lunch at the Petwood, you most your dining experience will have been accompanied on the piano by the talented Helen Clarke, resident pianist since 1997. She tells us that you can now preview her recording of “Unchained Melody” on Apple Music and download the classic via her home page.

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Early maps of Lincolnshire

I recently came across a fascinating blog post by Dr. Caitlin Green, featuring a collection of early maps of Lincolnshire. Caitlin describes herself as a historian and writer whose professional interests lie in the history, archaeology, place-names and literature of late Roman and early medieval Britain.

She explains: “This post is primarily intended to share images of some of the interesting early maps of Lincolnshire that still exist, dating from the medieval era through until the early seventeenth century. Details of each map and a brief discussion of the principal points of interest—including the curious region-name ‘Ageland’ that appears in eastern Lincolnshire on many of them—are provided in the captions to the following image gallery, which I aim to add to over time.”

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