Lincolnshire Wolds videos

Earlier this month I noticed three rather nice videos on Youtube promoting the Lincolnshire Wolds which have now been compiled into one feature. There are quite a few scenes shot on our patch, dotted around the three original films, so it’s worth staying with it to the end. Why not sit back, take your mind off mustard gas down in the woods and see how many places or people you recognise!

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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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The Snowman returns to Lincoln Cathedral

Following the success of last year, The Snowman is returning to Lincoln Cathedral for five performances on Saturday 18 November, Showing at: 11:30, 13:30, 15:00, 19:00 and 20:30. This festive Christmas classic will be shown on the big screen in the Nave, lit to create a magical atmosphere, accompanied by a live orchestra and soloists from Lincoln Cathedral Choir, who will make the most of the incredible acoustics of the Cathedral to ensure an unforgettable experience for adults and children alike. Links to buy tickets will be appear on the Cathedral website on Tuesday 1 August at 9:30am.

Originally published in 1978, The Snowman, created and illustrated by Raymond Briggs has become one of the world’s most popular children’s books, selling in excess of 8.5 million copies worldwide and being translated into over 15 languages. The book was adapted for screen by producer John Coates, first aired in 1982 and later broadcast on a global scale. Continue reading

Wolds Words Festival 2016

wolds_words_2016_150The 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 thestanhopehall@hotmail.uk.  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.

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The Dambusters connection

The connection between RAF Dambusters Squadron 617 and Woodhall Spa is well known around here, and is nowhere more evident than in the Petwood Hotel itself, where in 1942 Dambuster crew, including Canadian, New Zealand, Australian and British Air Force personnel, were stationed. The Squadron Bar, virtually untouched since it served as the officers’ mess, remains a magnet for historians and anyone who, like me, as a boy, was thrilled by the Dambusters film when it came out in 1955.

I am now struck by the tenacity and dedication of those who keep the Dambusters reality alive, as evidenced not just by frequent guests and visitors, but also by numerous posts on social media and, in particular by the Dambusters Blog, written by Charles Foster, nephew of Dambuster pilot David Maltby. As well as logging fascinating biographical notes and reproducing numerous old photographs, the blog features some intriguing current stories, such as an unusual take on Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the famous bouncing bomb: Continue reading

Zero Degrees Festival

Logo courtesy zero degrees festivalZero Degrees Festival is a celebration of community, culture, comedy and sport taking place at various venues across Louth and the surrounding areas.The Festival ends with a special event on Saturday 16 July when British Sea Power perform at Louth Town Hall.

The Indie rock band are famed for their live performances, the unusual lyrical content of their songs and the adventurous choice of locations for some of their shows. Continue reading