From the Woodhall Spa notice boards: Year End 2017

Before you get stuck into the turkey and plum pudding, here’s our last selection of events for this year:

 

 

 

November 18: Christmas Fayre at the community centre in Alexandra Road, 10.30am to 3pm

 

 

November 21

Music for Woodhall’s guest performer will be international organist Chris Stanbury. Chris will be on stage at St Peter’s Church Hall, Woodhall Spa, 7.30pm. Contact Philip Groves 01526 353225. Website Continue reading

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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!

From the Woodhall Spa noticeboards October 2017

An autumnal selection of things to do in and around Woodhall Spa:

Today! (October 17)

Music for Woodhall. This month’s guest organist is Janet Dowsett:


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Remember the two Lancasters flying over the Petwood?

Look what popped up on Facebook the other day – “a short clip from 2014 of the “two Lanc’s” flying over Petwood Hotel. Used as the officers mess for 617 Sqn not only is it steeped in history the building and gardens are beautiful. The video is courtesy of Chf Insp Phil Vickers of Lincolnshire Police – many thanks.”

“The last two airworthy Lancaster Bombers took to Lincolnshire skies together on August 13 as part of their UK Bomber Tour. Continue reading

Great Expectations at the Petwood

Sunday 27th August at 6:30pm: Lincoln based Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Charles Dickens’ unforgettable story of love, family and friendship set in the depths of Victorian England. From the haunting marshlands of Kent to the bustling streets of Victorian London, this epic tale follows the fortunes of a young Pip as he falls in love, finds his fortune and makes his way in the world.

This  classic tale is brought to life with traditional music, full period costume and a whole host of colourful characters, from the convict Magwitch to the elusive Estelle and of course, the eccentric and mysterious Miss Havisham. Join family and friends to follow Pip’s adventures of discovery and expectation in Dickens’ best loved tale, presented in one of the UK’s most beautiful open-air venues.

Buy your tickets online or call the Petwood reservation team on 01526 352411 and select option 1. Continue reading

Vera gets a makeover in Canada

Don’t worry, it’s only temporary! Petwood Hotel Director Emma Brealey recently spent some time in Hamilton, Ontario, and sent back a souvenir video (via Facebook,) showing “our” Lancaster being transformed with the temporary markings of the Ruhr Express, KB700, Canada’s first built Lancaster. All was revealed at a special event at the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum. “It’s so wonderful to see our Canadian friends on screen again – and doesn’t Vera film well?!”

[If you can’t hear any sound, uncheck the default speaker mute setting on the Facebook player control bar at the bottom right of the screen]

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Plan your own Lincolnshire Aviation trail

I read recently that Lincoln is “the perfect base to explore Lincolnshire’s rich aviation heritage”. Well “perfect” is debatable – Lincoln is a fine city, but why not avoid the city crowds and make Woodhall Spa your Lincolnshire aviation trail base?

For instance, where else can you stay and dine in a hotel which was home to the 617 “Dambusters” Squadron in 1942, complete with the original officers’ mess? The Squadron Bar at the Petwood Hotel features a range of memorabilia and tributes to Guy Gibson VC, Leonard Cheshire VC and their Officers, and so is itself an aviation hotspot, often overlooked in tourist articles.

There are other advantages, apart from peace and quiet. Woodhall Spa is nearer than Lincoln to some key aviation destinations, such as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby, the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and Thorpe Camp. Other must-do aviation attractions a little farther afield, such as the Newark Air Museum or Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, are within easy reach by car. You are less likely to get snarled up in city traffic than you would be in Lincoln, which is a nightmare right now with the building of the new bus station complex.

So, to help you plan your ideal Lincolnshire aviation trail, here are some useful links, and a memorable video: Continue reading