Talks to celebrate RAF 100th anniversary

Adult Education Horncastle are hosting a Festival of Talks 2018, starting in April. “This year we celebrate each of the 100 years of the RAF. QEGS Horncastle continues on its well established and glorious journey alongside the RAF in Lincolnshire. Being well placed in the centre of the county QEGS has welcomed hundreds of air force children through its doors, where it has nurtured them for however long their parents have been stationed in the area. In Adult Ed we do our part and help with training to ease the way back to Civvy Street. Many members of staff continue to have affiliation with the RAF. We celebrate them all! Keep a look out on all media for updates…”

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Seals at Donna Nook

For the past few weeks, hundreds of grey seals have been “hauling up” on the dunes at Donna Nook, near North Somercotes, as they do every year at this time. If you want to see them with their newborn, now’s the time to make the trip – they will be going back to sea as soon as their newborn are ready.

Donna Nook Nature Reserve is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife trust, whose volunteers are on hand to answer questions and make sure that both seals and humans are kept safe. You will need to travel by road – there is a car park.

This is as close as most people ever get to grey seals in the wild, but you must respect the trust’s guidelines:

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Enjoy the Lincolnshire Wolds on video

Earlier this month I noticed three rather nice videos on Youtube promoting the Lincolnshire Wolds which have now been compiled into one feature. Why not sit back, take your mind off mustard gas down in the woods and see how many places or people you recognise!

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Inaugural Scampton Air Show

After three years without an air show in Lincolnshire, this weekend you can come and be thrilled by a unique mix of modern military jets, historic warbirds, civilian display acts, the RAF Falcons – the UK’s premier military parachute team, all joining the world-famous Red Arrows performing at their home base! The inaugural Scampton Airshow takes place on 9 -10 September 2017. RAF Scampton will play host to up to 100 aircraft over the airshow weekend, both in the air and on the ground. Buy your tickets here (You must book in advance – no tickets on the door!)

Visitors will be immersed in a feast of aviation, meeting crews from around the world, getting up close to aircraft in the static park, as well as experiencing the amazing 5 hour flying display including the exhilarating take-off and landing! This new event will be raising funds to support the RAF Charitable Trust. Continue reading

Spitfire news update

From the BBMF website (August 29, 2017)

Following the recent pause in flying our Merlin-powered aircraft for safety reasons, OC BBMF said: “As I hope you all know, my aim is to keep these vital and unique artefacts of Britain’s proud history in the sky forever. To do that we sometimes have to take extra precautions, with our eye sharply on continuing safety, to ensure that we can keep them flying for future generations. I thank each and every one of you who has voiced their support and shown their understanding. We will get them back into the blue as soon we can.

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Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are not usually publicly accessible or would normally charge a fee. It also includes tours, events and activities that focus on and celebrate the local heritage of the area. Since 1994 Heritage Lincolnshire has coordinated Heritage Open Days within the historic county. This year’s festival will be one of the biggest yet, with over 140 free events. The theme is Freedom, Justice & Equality to mark the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest, a copy of which is held alongside Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle.

The festival brochure was launched at the Lincolnshire Show on 21st June. It is also available from libraries, tourist information centres and heritage sites across the county and from our offices in Heckington. You can also download a printable copy here.

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WW2 museum now open at Frieston Shore

The well known We’ll Meet Again mobile museum now has a static home at Freiston Shore, following a VIP Opening Event on 11th August. The museum is open to the public 10:00am to 16:00pm, Friday to Sunday, and will be offering private teaching events to schools and other organisations on three separate days, mid-week.

The team will still be able to offer their unique and critically acclaimed teaching experience to children, in a safe and secure environment, as well as display their impressive collection of WW1 and WW2 artefacts to all. Read Dame Vera Lynn’s endorsement Continue reading