Gearing up for the 1940s festival

Only weeks away now for that weekend when Woodhall Spa once again rolls out the time machine and sets the dial to the1940s. This year the festival is scheduled for the third weekend in July – 15 / 16th, so if you enjoy flypasts, parades, period costumes, big band music and the like, all to be found in one of the most attractive villages in Lincolnshire, then you know where to be that weekend.

Meantime, if you want to keep abreast of the plans, your best bet is to follow the festival on Facebook and do keep an eye on the official website too. Continue reading

Woodhall Spa Country Show 2017

This year’s Woodhall Spa Country Show is only days away now, scheduled for Sunday the 21st of May. Come along any time between 9.30am and 5.00pm. You can find the showground along Green Lane opposite Canterbury Close (LN10 6QY), and a one way system will be operated on the day. All routes are signposted by AA signs.

“Our theme this year is to be ‘Traditional Rural Crafts’. The varied Lincolnshire environment lends its self to a wide range of crafts. The wolds have a tradition of hedge laying, there are dry stone walls in the Ancaster area and stone is a vernacular building material in the Stamford and Deeping areas. The fens and marsh have mud and stud used for cottages, some of which survive in entirety and many remnants are still there hidden away where people in the past have encased them in brick and tile as their living standards began to improve.” Continue reading

From the Woodhall Spa notice boards: March 2017

Our early spring selection of things to do in and around Woodhall Spa:

 

 

 

March 21

Returning to Woodhall Spa this month is international concert organist Nicholas Martin. He will be on stage at St Peter’s Church Hall, Woodhall Spa, 7.30pm. Contact Philip Groves, Music for Woodhall, 01526 353225. Website.

 

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Live performances near Kirkby on Bain

Logo: Live & LocalI recently came across a website called “Live & Local” which could be useful to anyone living or staying in or near Kirkby on Bain who likes live performances. Here’s a link to the “What’s On” page, but be warned, you will be in for some tricky navigation because the site is really a search engine.

Having tried it myself, the quickest route to local gigs from the “What’s On” page, is: select [Search by County], then [Lincolnshire]. Finally, to see the list of events, click on the [List Shows] button! For a narrower search choose [Search by district] then select either [East Lindsey] or another district such as [North Kesteven]

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From the Woodhall notice boards January 2017

Here’s our first selection of events for this year:

 

 

 

January 17

Music for Woodhall’s guest performer this month will be organist Matthew Bason. 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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Petwood Gardens: A William Goldring Garden?

Image courtesy E & N Duke-CoxNicholas Duke-Cox has undertaken extensive research over the past three years in preparation for a publication on the definitive history of the gardens at Petwood House, now the Petwood Hotel.

 

In a recent article written for The Kew Guild, Nicholas calls for primary evidence of landscape architect and naturalist William Goldring’s involvement at Petwood House, originally built for the furniture heiress, Grace Maple, then Baroness Eckhardstein, between 1905 and 1906.

Nicholas explains: “The fame of the gardens arose later c.1912 with the alterations and expansion to the original design, by Harold Peto. The literature knew of a first garden but not of its appearance. Thanks to the commissions of the Baroness to local professional photographer, John Wield, we have photographic evidence of the construction and maturation of that garden from 1906 to 1909.These images are unique. No one else ever had access to these gardens.” Continue reading