The Petwood Peto Gardens: the dream comes true

Peto_1_150wOne of the most popular posts on this blog so far is Harold Peto – designer of the Petwood Gardens, which  I posted in August 2014. In it I mentioned that Emma Brealey, Managing Director of the Petwood Hotel, had a dream – to restore the lost Peto gardens.

Well, after five years in the planning stage, Emma’s dream is now coming true.

 

terrace_1_detailRecent visitors will have noticed the result of Phase 1, the restored Long Walk. Now contractors are hard at work on Phase 2, starting with the restoration of the famous terrace, and any day now a totally new Temple of Atalanta will be installed in the park, including a specially prefabricated dome, to be lowered on to a purpose-built ring beam above the recently built foundations. Continue reading

Satire, apples, Lancasters and gardens

Some more suggestions for things to do within easy traveling distance from Woodhall Spa in the near future:

 

 

 

The Horncastle Theatre Company is proud to present Yes, Prime Minister, by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, directed by David Ireland, at the Lion Theatre, Bull Ring, Horncastle, Lincolnshire LN9 5HT from Wednesday 28 September to Saturday 1 October.

With the country on the brink of financial meltdown the PM is staring disaster in the face with his only apparent salvation in a morally dubious deal with the Foreign Minister of Kumranistan. Will Jim Hacker and his team of advisors be able to rescue the country from the edge? This amateur production is presented by arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD. Continue reading

Kirkby on Bain cyclists raise funds for their church

In Kirkby on Bain near Woodhall Spa it’s time to saddle up and hit the road once again for the Annual Sponsored Bike Ride “Ride+Strides”, in aid of St. Mary’s church. Scheduled for Saturday 10th September, this fundraising event is backed by the Lincolnshire Churches Trust. Last year’s event raised a much appreciated grand total of £552.

Please support this year’s ride and see if the record can be beaten! If you are not convinced, do download this poster sent in by John Dudley – it says it all. To find out how you can help raise some cash for urgent repairs, contact local organiser Betty Dixon, on 01526 353395. Continue reading

From the Woodhall Spa noticeboards, July 2016

Despite the disappointing weather, there are still plenty of events up on the boards for the weeks to come to complement the forties weekend. Here’s our selection, in date order:

 

 

July 2:

quilt1_106Tor-o-Moor Quilters are holding a show-and-tell at St. Peter’s Hall this Saturday from 3 to 5pm. Sales table, Fabric Trader, Book Seller, Tombola, Grand Quilt Draw. Entrance is £4 and the event is in aid of Home Start. Contact Doreen Hallet for tickets: 01526 352 087. Facebook Events Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Society volunteering

Alzheimers_society_logo_fb_150From David Johnson, Alzheimer’s Society in Lincolnshire:

“Side by Side” is a pilot scheme that enables people with Dementia to continue doing the things they love or to try something new with the help of a volunteer. We find out as much as possible about the person with Dementia and the Volunteers and what they enjoy doing, before they are “matched” on these criteria. Lincolnshire is one of only one of seventeen areas in the country chosen for the pilot scheme.

Volunteers undergo training and a DBS check and are fully supported throughout. All we ask of the person with Dementia is that they have sufficient capacity to successfully engage with the service, and we are hoping to get some great success stories soon! Read More Continue reading

New Air Show for Lincolnshire

Picture courtesy BBCEver since the much-loved Waddington Air Show was scrapped last year, calls for a replacement show in Lincolnshire have grown louder, so aviation enthusiasts will be cheered to learn that The Minister of State for Defence, Earl Howe, and the RAF Charitable Trust (RAFCT) have announced that an agreement has been made with the Royal Air Force to organise an air show at RAF Scampton from 2017.

This is especially welcome news for Woodhall Spa, whose residents include many retired and working RAF personnel, and which has so many historic connections to those who were stationed hereabouts during world war 2.  Continue reading

From the Woodhall Spa notice boards: February 2016

Yesterday I spent an hour or so checking out the latest public notices. As research goes it was a very pleasant task, in the pre-spring sunshine, and I got the distinct impression that Woodhall Spa is waking up from the winter.

 

 

The Woodhall Spa and District Gardening Association is leading the way with three upcoming treats for the horticulturally inclined:

 

 

 

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