New Dambusters Book

Image courtesy Charles FosterFrom Charles Foster:

I’m pleased to announce that my new book, The Complete Dambusters, will be published by History Press on 1 May.

“On 16 May 1943, nineteen Lancaster aircraft from the RAF’s 617 Squadron set off to attack the great dams in the industrial heart of Germany. Flying at a height of 60ft, they dropped a series of bombs which bounced across the water and destroyed two of their targets, thereby creating a legend. The one-off operation combined an audacious method of attack, technically brilliant flying and visually spectacular results, but while the story of the raid is well known, most of the 133 men who took part in the raid are just names on a list. They came from all parts of the UK and the Commonwealth and beyond, and each of them was someone’s son or brother, husband or father. This is the first book to present their individual stories.”        Continue reading

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1940s festival video

Woodhall Spa 1940s weekenders may appreciate this video playlist celebrating this year’s event, produced by Dragon Studios:

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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

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

From the Woodhall Spa Noticeboards May 2017

Spring is well and truly sprung so here’s another selection of things to do in and around Woodhall Spa. Plenty to choose from this month  – two organists, a 40’s tribute singer, a school fair and even a circus!

 

 

May 6

Photo courtesy St. High's Prep SchoolMay Fair at St Hugh’s School, 11.00 am to 1.30 pm. Please check details: office@st-hughs.lincs.sch.uk | 01526 352169

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Countdown to forties weekend 2016

40s_police_box_150Once again Woodhall Spa braces itself for the annual journey back in time that is Forties Weekend. This year the festival is scheduled for the weekend of July 16th. Mostly the fun is free; there is a charge of £5 for Park, Ride & Read and one or two concerts are ticket only. For all the latest news, visit the forties weekend home page. If you haven’t been before, here’s a taste from 2013:


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From the Woodhall Spa notice boards, January 2016

Even though it’s the low season just now and we all need a good reason for venturing out, my more-or-less monthly notice board trawl has yielded some interesting results:

 

 

Organist Paul Carman is the featured entertainer at Music For Woodhall on January 19th at 7.30 pm, in St Peter’s Church Hall. Tickets are available from Philip Groves, 01526 353225, and they are priced at £5 for members, £7 for non-members. More information from the Horncastle News. Here’s an example of Paul’s laid-back jazz style:

Photo courtesy United Methodist Church, ConingsbyThe Woodhall, Coningsby, Tattershall and District History Society are keen to attract new members and the best way to try it out is to turn up at their next meeting on January 13th, at 7.30 pm. Continue reading