From the Woodhall Spa Noticeboards September 2017

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?

 

 

 

September 10

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

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Boston in 1943

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:

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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

Wear your wellies at Frampton Marsh

Frampton Marsh is a nature reserve near Boston run by the RSPB, where on a good day you may hear a chorus of skylarks high over wet grassland, watch aerobatic displays by lapwings or even see brown hares using the fields as boxing rings in the mating season.

Having spent a few bracing hours out there last weekend, and despite a gale-force wind and some soggy socks (my fault, unsuitable footwear!) I can recommend this intriguing patch of wilderness, only a few miles from Woodhall Spa.

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Freiston Shore RSPB reserve

If you are even a little bit interested in bird watching, then the RSPB  reserve at Freiston Shore is well worth a visit, even in winter when brent geese congregate along with ducks such as wigeons, pintails, teals and shelducks. You can spot tree sparrows, yellowhammers and skylarks all year round and in summer you might see nesting wading birds, including avocets and ringed plovers.

You don’t have to be an RSPB member of course, and the reserve is within easy travelling distance from Woodhall Spa – see the map below. The nearest town is Boston and the reserve is only four miles away. There are two car parks and four bicycle storage racks on site.  Dogs are allowed on the designated footpaths and there are no entrance charges. Remember to take you binoculars! Here are some suggestions for a trip at this time of year: Continue reading

3,000 knitted stars in Boston Lincolnshire

If you don’t believe this, you can see them  for yourself in St Botolph’s Church (aka the Stump) until January. 3,000 Christmas tree stars and a nativity scene knitted by people across Lincolnshire, all dedicated to family, friends, memories and even pets.

Called Christmas Knitivity, this imaginative project was organised by  BBC Radio Lincolnshire in partnership with St Botolph’s Church. Local radio staffers and Boston parishioners got together with Oldrids store to decorate more than 30 trees with these unusual stars. Continue reading

Fancy a Panto?

If the answer is yes, then we are spoilt for choice this winter, as the panto season comes to Boston, Horncastle, Lincoln and Skegness.

 

 

Boston:

Jack&Beanstalk_Logo_100wThe Blackfriars Arts Centre, [Spain Lane, Boston, PE21 6HP,] are putting on Jack & the Beanstalk. The traditional panto is a mix of mirth, mayhem and misunderstanding. It stars Ian Moore as Dame Trott and Mike Carnell as Silly Billy. Running from 11th December to 3rd January. Details and booking Continue reading