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 June / July 2018

Less than a month to go for the Forties Festival, (July 7/8) but in the meantime, there’s plenty going on the village. Here’s our latest What’s On guide, culled from the famous white fence:

 

 

 

June 10

Go crazy at the Cottage Museum’s Mad Hatter’s Tea party. The fun starts at 2.pm and there may well be zany games and an unusual version of croquet on the lawn. Web Page             Continue reading

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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New Lincolnshire Coast website

Whether you are a regular Lincolnshire coast visitor or you have not yet discovered its many attractions, you might like to bookmark a new website called Visit Lincs Coast. It’s early days yet, but there are already some compelling pages covering a wide variety of interests, from classic seaside days out to natural habitats and outstanding natural beauty.

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Lancaster crash story on video

Image courtesy George HorneI was recently reminded of a film called “Per Purum Tonantes”, made by a former student of mine at the Lincoln School of Media, George Horne. It’s an abridged version of a film he made about the night of the 18th February 1943, when Lancaster Bomber W4270 crashed in a farmer’s field during a training mission, resulting in the deaths of all seven of its crew. Lincolnshire historical researcher Di Ablewhite tells the story of how the film came to be made.

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International Bomber Command memorial video

Here’s a clever video about the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln, posted on Facebook by BBC Look North: (Click on the loudspeaker icon to hear the music.)

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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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