Charles Foster has come up with another Dambusters gem – a 1/50 scale model of the Möhne Damme, built with great secrecy in the winter of 1940–41 in the secluded grounds of the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in Garston, near Watford. The concrete model was designed by Barnes Wallis, who had been put in touch with the BRE and RRL team. Used to try out possible ways of blowing up the real dam, the repaired model was on show last weekend.
So now the Forties weekend is but a fond memory and the summer gently gives way to Autumn, what’s new in and around the village according to Bill Stickers?
5 and 10k walks
Walk, jog or run – it’s up to you at the Stourton Estates at 9am, just off the A 158 at Baumber. The events are in support of the MacMillan and Lives charities, and the early bird fee is £10.00. Details and booking Continue reading
After three years without an air show in Lincolnshire, this weekend you can come and be thrilled by a unique mix of modern military jets, historic warbirds, civilian display acts, the RAF Falcons – the UK’s premier military parachute team, all joining the world-famous Red Arrows performing at their home base! The inaugural Scampton Airshow takes place on 9 -10 September 2017. RAF Scampton will play host to up to 100 aircraft over the airshow weekend, both in the air and on the ground. Buy your tickets here (You must book in advance – no tickets on the door!)
Visitors will be immersed in a feast of aviation, meeting crews from around the world, getting up close to aircraft in the static park, as well as experiencing the amazing 5 hour flying display including the exhilarating take-off and landing! This new event will be raising funds to support the RAF Charitable Trust. Continue reading
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.
“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
— HeritageLincolnshire (@HeritageLincs) July 27, 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.
In a previous post I wrote about the rich heritage of Boston, Lincolnshire, reflected by the town’s excellent Guildhall Museum. Boston’s recent past is also valued by the many contributors to a Facebook Group called BostonMemories, whose members share old photographs and comments, and occasionally an archive film, like this British Council production, made in 1943, which I included in my earlier post. Spurred on by a recent conversation with some Bostonian visitors to Gunby Hall last weekend, I thought it was worth another look at this wartime public information film set in this town, so often maligned these days: