Every time I drive down Kirkby Lane to or from Woodhall Spa I wonder what is going on in the aftermath of the discovery four months ago of mustard gas canisters in nearby woodland. The security hut is still there, and the area is still cordoned off. Fortunately East Lindsey District Council is still keeping us in the loop. Here’s the latest:
Update January 16, 2018
“We have now received the results from the water and soil sampling undertaken by the MOD’s Scientific Testing Laboratories (DSTL). Over 200 samples were taken and all have come back clear of mustard gas and other chemical weapon contaminants. Some works on the site, such as filling in the trenches and removing equipment, still need to be undertaken before the site can be returned to the owners. Until these works are complete fencing and a security patrol will remain on site. We will update the community further in due course. Continue reading →
Thanks to Councillor William Gray for this report on yesterday’s mustard gas incident public meeting at the Petwood Hotel, where by all accounts it was standing room only:
“There was a thorough briefing on ‘Police Operation Saddleback’. 22 agencies have been involved. 14 ammunition boxes of have been recovered from Kirkby Woods. 13 boxes contained mustard gas bombs. These are now being destroyed safely away from the site.
10 gas canisters have been recovered from a lake in Stixwould. They had not leaked and therefore the lake has not been contaminated. 3 people have been arrested and are on bail.
A small area of land in the woods has been contaminated and decontamination will now take place. East Lindsey District Council will oversee this operation with the assistance of professionals. Kirkby Lane will remain closed at present and the site will be fenced to prevent access.Continue reading →
From Katie-Louise Green, SO Festival Coordinator for Magna Vitae:
Cake Fest will be showcased at SO Festival on Sunday 2nd July. It’s basically a 100 square metre edible map of East Lindsey.
People are coming forward to bake landmarks of East Lindsey, to be placed on the map. Landmarks such as The Lancaster and Tattershall Castle will be created. There are hundreds of villages and churches, and I would absolutely love having a number of cake churches created for the map. Would Woodhall Spa like to be involved? Continue reading →
This year’s Woodhall Spa Country Show is only days away now, scheduled for Sunday the 21st of May. Come along any time between 9.30am and 5.00pm. You can find the showground along Green Lane opposite Canterbury Close (LN10 6QY), and a one way system will be operated on the day. All routes are signposted by AA signs.
“Our theme this year is to be ‘Traditional Rural Crafts’. The varied Lincolnshire environment lends its self to a wide range of crafts. The wolds have a tradition of hedge laying, there are dry stone walls in the Ancaster area and stone is a vernacular building material in the Stamford and Deeping areas. The fens and marsh have mud and stud used for cottages, some of which survive in entirety and many remnants are still there hidden away where people in the past have encased them in brick and tile as their living standards began to improve.”Continue reading →
The Wolds Words Festival is back again in October, celebrating the rich, diverse and unique culture of rural Lincolnshire. This year Horncastle features for the first time, joining the traditional venues in Louth, Spilsby and Alford.
In Horncastle the Community Cinema Club offers film screenings in the Stanhope Hall on 19th October and 23rd November. For the details visit their website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The club is operated for the benefit of the community by a small dedicated team of volunteers who aim to show a wide range of films. Tickets are available from The Horncastle Music Shop or on the door.
Once 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:
This year’s Woodhall Spa Country Show is scheduled for Sunday the 22nd of May 2016. It’s shaping up to be the best yet, so come along any time between 9.30am and 5.00pm. You can find the showground along Green Lane opposite Canterbury Close (LN10 6QY), and a one way system will be operated on the day. All routes are signposted by AA signs.
“Throw a pot on a wheel; drive – no it must be sail – a radio controlled boat; have a go on the traditional fairground rides; enjoy the music from local musicians and Ka Ku Shi Gai, the Japanese drummers; try the dancing with the Woodhall Dance Fusion.”Continue reading →