We Happy Few: book now!

The Horncastle Theatre Company’s next production is billed as a comedy drama. It’s about an all-female theatre company touring Britain during the darkest days of World War Two, written by a well-known actress and premiered in the West End. The well-known actress is Imogen Stubbs (Lady Nunn) and the play is directed by the indefatigable Penny Holland. You can catch it on the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st July, 7.30 pm at the Lion Theatre. Booking: Horncastle Music Shop (01507 526 566) or On Line. Tickets: £7 (Concessions £6)

The play is inspired by the real-life Osiris Players, whose travelling productions during the war inspired many to take up the profession – Judi Dench to name but one.

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Organ recital: Colin Walsh

Colin Walsh – Organist Laureate at Lincoln Cathedral is returning to St. Peter’s Church Woodhall Spa on Tuesday 3rd July at 2pm for a free recital. All welcome!

 

 

 

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“Colin Walsh is an English organist, who has played many recitals in various religious venues in England as well as two at the Royal Festival Hall. He has also played in many European countries and New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA. Some of his work has been released on the Priory label. He has worked as an organist or assistant organist at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle; Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Salisbury Cathedral (1978-1985); St. Albans Cathedral (1985-1988); and Lincoln Cathedral. In July 2002 there were plans to sack Walsh, whom The Telegraph described as “one of Europe’s finest church organists”, after differences with the Precentor, Andrew Stokes; however this plan was dropped and he was given a new role. Since January 2003 he has been Organist Laureate of Lincoln Cathedral.” [BBC Music profile]              Continue reading

Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival and Thorpe Camp 1940s weekend: plan ahead!

“The second weekend in July 2018 will see the very best of our region, as two highly successful events that celebrate Lincolnshire’s unique role in World War II will take place in partnership. Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival and Thorpe Camp 1940s Weekend will – for one year only – take place on the same weekend, 7-8 July 2018. The “Blitz spirit” partnership forged between the two volunteer committees means huge opportunity for visitors to attend two of Lincolnshire’s best summer events in one fantastic weekend.”

Whether or not you have been to this highly successful and popular annual time-warp event before, it’s a very good idea to visit the official festival website, especially if you want to make the most of the wide range of events on offer, contact the organisers or find out where to park. You can also check out feedback from previous years and browse the gallery of photos from last year’s festival – and much besides.

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From the Woodhall Spa Noticeboards, May / June 2018

It’s a shame that Budgens have removed their noticeboard, but there are still plenty of events on the others, so here’s our selection for the month ahead. Take your pick: a trip to the BBC Gardener’s World and Good Food Show, a Big Band Night, a Banovallum Brass Concert, organ music at St. Peter’s or a good old car boot sale. Up to you!

 

May 15

This month’s visiting organist at Music for Woodhall will be Ryan Edwards. “Ryan’s continued popularity on the circuit could be a result of his fresh approach to organ playing which is reflected in the variety of styles of music in his concert programme. He understands the need to awaken new interest in the organ especially in his generation by appealing to both traditional and modern tastes.” He will be on stage at St Peter’s Church Hall, Woodhall Spa, 7.30pm. Contact Philip Groves 01526 353225. Website

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From the Woodhall Spa noticeboards, April / May 2018

Spring has sprung, or so we are told, so here’s another round up of what’s on over the next few weeks:

 

 

 

 

April 14

St Nicholas Players present their Old Time Music Hall at St. Peter’s Hall at 2.30pm. Tickets: £7.50 in advance, from the Cottage Museum info@cottagemuseum.co.uk or £8.00 on the door. Details here (Facebook)

 

April 17

This month’s visiting organist will be Andrew Nix. Andrew, who hails from just outside Selby, North Yorkshire, has established himself on the organ circuit not only as a musician but also as an entertainer. His varied musical repertoire along with his Yorkshire humour has made him one of the country’s favourite performers. He will be on stage at St Peter’s Church Hall, Woodhall Spa, 7.30pm. Contact Philip Groves 01526 353225. Website Continue reading

From the Woodhall Noticeboards March 2018

First trawl of the year!

 

 

 

 

March 20

Howard Beaumont is this month’s guest performer at Music for Woodhall. Howard has returned to the concert circuit with a new instrument, the Roland Atelier 350c portable organ which has all the big organ, jazz combo and orchestral voices to thrill the audience. He will be on stage at St Peter’s Church Hall, Woodhall Spa, 7.30pm. Contact Philip Groves 01526 353225. Website          Continue reading

Petwood resident pianist on the internet

If you have ever had Sunday lunch at the Petwood, you most your dining experience will have been accompanied on the piano by the talented Helen Clarke, resident pianist since 1997. She tells us that you can now preview her recording of “Unchained Melody” on Apple Music and download the classic via her home page.

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