Metheringham airfield visitors’ centre gains Full Museum Accreditation

The Friends of Metheringham Airfield are pleased to see that over two years of hard slog, mainly bureaucratic, have been rewarded by the granting of Full Museum Accreditation standard to the Visitors’ Centre. This prestigious award will open up further opportunities to improve the visitor experience to the centre and enable other artefacts in store to be exhibited in a more interactive environment.

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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

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

Dambusters blog hits a million!

Sincere congratulations to Charles Foster, creator and doughty editor of the Dambusters Blog, which has just passed the million hits mark. In noting this achievement, Charles comments on the enduring fascination of the Dambusters raid:

 

“I think the reason may be because although the raid itself is the stuff of legend, it also represents a bigger story: that of the ‘greatest generation’ who fought tyranny, came through the years of austerity which followed, and built a better society in which all could flourish.”

Many of those who today visit the Squadron Bar, our lovingly preserved 617 Squadron Officers’ Mess here at the Petwood Hotel, former home to those who flew in the 1943 raid, might agree. | Related posts

Tea and a slice of history: Woodhall Spa, 1909

Alan Burgess has posted a fascinating tinted photograph of the Woodhall Spa Tea House in the Woods on the Old Lincolnshire Rural Photos Facebook Group, dated around 1909:

 

 

 

 

 

There’s also a similar photo on the Tea House home page, and lots more if you click on the history tab.

You can read comments here if you join the Facebook group

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