Shankara Andy Bole

Andy Bole is on stage at the fourth annual Blind Cat Festival at Cabourne Parva on Sunday August 13.

Andy is a musician with a first class pedigree in acoustic and electronic music. He is a member of Bonfire Radicals, one of 7 guitarists in Daevid Allen’s Glissando Guitar Orchestra and is the guitarist with Fret and Fiddle. He has over the past several years played in some of the finest Acoustic bands, most notably the legendary Bushbury Mountain Daredevils and The Late Night Band who for many years were regarded as two of the finest acts in the U.K.

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Metheringham airfield visitors’ centre gains Full Museum Accreditation

The Friends of Metheringham Airfield are pleased to see that over two years of hard slog, mainly bureaucratic, have been rewarded by the granting of Full Museum Accreditation standard to the Visitors’ Centre. This prestigious award will open up further opportunities to improve the visitor experience to the centre and enable other artefacts in store to be exhibited in a more interactive environment.

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August at the Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum

Woodhall Spa’s Cottage Museum may seem small, but it is one of Lincolnshire’s finest, having literally risen like a Phoenix from the flames since an arson attack in 2011. It was originally “…..the vision of one man, John Wield, over a hundred years ago. He foresaw that one-day people would ask about the origins of the then young Victorian spa community and so set about recording what he could for the future. John had a fascination with the art of photography, one of his many interests, and it is his photographic collection, which forms the basis for today’s Cottage Museum.”

But as well as capturing the village’s fascinating past, the museum hosts a range of special events throughout the summer. Here’s the August programme:

August 3 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Creative Clay – Fantasy Creatures. This is another of our fun-filled children’s event. Come and have fun with different modelling materials. The event is only £3.00 per child and this covers all the materials. Continue reading

Lincolnshire’s Gardens

A group of gardens and nurseries, all with regular public opening times, have joined together in order to offer a range of additional services to the public. These include not only a collection of the most exciting gardens that may be visited anywhere in Lincolnshire or Eastern England, but information on visiting the county of Lincolnshire as well. The nearest to Woodhall Spa are:

  • Goltho Gardens, near Wragby
  • Gunby Estate, Hall and gardens, near Skegness
  • Doddington Hall, near Lincoln
  • Woodlands, near Louth

To find out more about these lovely gardens, and some more farther afield, visit the Lincolnshire’s Gardens website.  Here are a couple of tasters: Continue reading

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

Steptoe and Son on stage near you

Fancy an evening with the famous rag-and-bone men of Shepherd’s Bush? Lincolnshire-based Hambledon Productions are bringing them back to life at the Broadbent Theatre in Wickenby this Saturday, March 18, and at the Red Lion Theatre in Horncastle on April 6. You can book online here

“Hambledon Productions was established in 2007 by brother and sister team John and Rachael Hewer. The company is based in Lincolnshire and produces a wide range of eclectic work while striving to take theatre into communities that may not have the opportunity to experience new theatre productions. Continue reading

Live and local near you

Image courtesy Keep-Calm-o'maticYou really don’t have to go far in rural Lincolnshire to find live entertainment. Here’s a selection of up-coming entertainments within easy travelling distance of Woodhall Spa:

 

 

Friday, 24th March 2017, 7:00 PM
Toynton Village Hall
Holy Moly and The Crackers Concert

“This wild and carnivalesque seven-piece from the Bohemian Quarter of Newcastle blurs the boundaries of folk, gypsy and rock music with its truly terrific sound. Mixing powerhouse story-songs with foot-stomping rhythms this band has more than a touch of magic to it.”
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