August at the Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum

Woodhall Spa’s Cottage Museum may seem small, but it is one of Lincolnshire’s finest, having literally risen like a Phoenix from the flames since an arson attack in 2011. It was originally “…..the vision of one man, John Wield, over a hundred years ago. He foresaw that one-day people would ask about the origins of the then young Victorian spa community and so set about recording what he could for the future. John had a fascination with the art of photography, one of his many interests, and it is his photographic collection, which forms the basis for today’s Cottage Museum.”

But as well as capturing the village’s fascinating past, the museum hosts a range of special events throughout the summer. Here’s the August programme:

August 3 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Creative Clay – Fantasy Creatures. This is another of our fun-filled children’s event. Come and have fun with different modelling materials. The event is only £3.00 per child and this covers all the materials. Continue reading

Chamber Music Festival comes to Tattershall

Romance and REVOLUTION: Lincolnshire International
Chamber Music Festival Concert at Holy Trinity Church, Tattershall, Tuesday 1st August 2017, 7.30pm

Life Begins at Forty: Celebrating our Joint Artistic Directors Ashley Wass and Matthew Trusler, who have been performing for over two decades. Details on the Tattershall Church Website Thanks to John Dudley

For details of concerts in Horncastle, Boston, Spilsby, Lincoln and Gainsborough, please visit the Festival website Venue List Continue reading

Free lunchtime concerts in Horncastle

All welcome at St. Mary’s Church Horncastle for a series of free informal concerts on Thursdays at 1.15.

  • July 20: Colette Cooper Acapella
  • July 27: Angela Griffin (Flute) and Banovallum Singers
  • August 3: Bob Edwards (bass) Tom Thorpe (tenor)
  • August 10: Stuart Gill (Guitar)
  • August 17: Rev. Michael (piano) Mike & Joanne Smythe (cello & viola)
  • August 24: Outdoor Cats (duo)
  • August 31: Wolds Wind
  • September 7: Lindsey Quartet (strings & piano)

Coffee available – come and go as you please! Website

From the Woodhall Spa notice boards, July 2017

Understandably, most new notices this month have something to do with next weekend’s famous 1940s festival. If you are planning to take part, you can find out more about this major event here.

Here are some alternative attractions that caught my eye:

 

July 12

The Holiday Proms – Sing for Britain

A concert by the Spa Singers, at St. Peter’s Hall. 7.30, admission £5 (£3 under 18s). Call 01526 860373 Continue reading

Lincolnshire’s Gardens

A group of gardens and nurseries, all with regular public opening times, have joined together in order to offer a range of additional services to the public. These include not only a collection of the most exciting gardens that may be visited anywhere in Lincolnshire or Eastern England, but information on visiting the county of Lincolnshire as well. The nearest to Woodhall Spa are:

  • Goltho Gardens, near Wragby
  • Gunby Estate, Hall and gardens, near Skegness
  • Doddington Hall, near Lincoln
  • Woodlands, near Louth

To find out more about these lovely gardens, and some more farther afield, visit the Lincolnshire’s Gardens website.  Here are a couple of tasters: Continue reading

Gearing up for the 1940s festival

Only weeks away now for that weekend when Woodhall Spa once again rolls out the time machine and sets the dial to the1940s. This year the festival is scheduled for the third weekend in July – 15 / 16th, 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

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