Woodhall Spa airfield: update

Photo courtesy Lincolnshire Wildlife TrustLincolnshire Wildlife Trust opened up Woodhall Spa Airfield Nature Reserve this weekend for Lincolnshire Heritage Day. Some of the highlights included a flock of greylag geese swooping across the lakes, an osprey soaring majestically above the airfield, as well as a flypast by a Spitfire and a Lancaster Bomber. Today the trust has thanked everyone who came along and all those who have supported their work in turning the airfield into a home for wildlife.

Those interested in the history of the airfield may also be interested in a talk to be given by Dave Bromwich, Head of Reserves at Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, in Sleaford on Monday February 20 next year. Details here Continue reading

New Lancaster film to use DIY replica bomber

Sleaford-based film company Tin Hat productions are building their own replica Lancaster bomber for a new feature “Our Shining Sword” which tells the story of a seven-man bomber crew. Writer and producer Andy Burn said the company used one of the famous Haynes maintenance manuals to make sure every detail was correct.

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CallConnect bus service cuts announced

Picture courtesy CallConnectFrom the CallConnect March update, it seems like good news, bad news for local bus passengers:

“Lincolnshire County Council announced in February that funding for local bus services is to remain the same for at least the next two years. This is good news, however the cost to run bus services continues to increase and following the decision by `Essential Fleet Services` to withdraw from providing passenger transport services including CallConnect, we have had to review a number of our services in the Louth, Horncastle and Sleaford areas. Some services will therefore be changing on 4th April”

According to a recent notice it seems to be just bad news for Woodhall Spa passengers as the 65 / 66 service to Sleaford and the 65 to Horncastle will be withdrawn completely. Continue reading

Bass Maltings – captured by the drone camera

The Bass Maltings in Sleaford, generally thought to be one of the largest Grade II listed buildings in England, has been derelict since part of it was damaged by a severe fire in 1976. More recently this extraordinary industrial site, now in a very dangerous state of dereliction, has been the subject of a local dispute about its future use.

Meanwhile Little Dot Studios have produced an amazing film for the Channel 4 online series Drones in Forbidden Zones, using a drone camera to fly over and inside the Maltings:

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Easter at the National Centre for Craft and Design

Picture courtesy TripadvisorFor some time now I have been meaning to write in praise of the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, aka NCCD, formerly known as The Hub. I will get round to it in due course, but as I was researching things to do at Easter, I came across their current special exhibition, which runs until April 5th. Here’s their billing:

Sound Matters considers the connections between craft practice and sound art. Seven contemporary works have been selected to illustrate ways in which these two distinct practices collide. Exploring the physicality of sound, the works are characterised by both their sonic properties and materiality”

NCCD_birdsThis week the NCCD is also offering an Easter programme with kids in mind. This afternoon there are family-friendly craft activities with Artist in Residence, Ruth Singer, and there are other workshops during the week. Continue reading