The life and poetry of John Magee

From the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa:

You’ve no doubt heard the famous poem ‘High Flight’ – a favourite among aviators and astronauts – but what do you know of the author? For our first aviation charity talk of 2020, Simon Devenish of the John Gillespie Magee Jr Foundation will talk about the life and poetry of John Magee alongside Squadron Leader Mark Discombe, Officer Commanding of Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Official), who will talk about the challenges of flying a wartime Spitfire.

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Cameo Club report February 2020

Tuesday 18th February 2020

We were fortunate to have a really interesting talk and presentation from Les Binns, who is Chair of the Horncastle and Woodhall Spa Area Group of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and one of the volunteers for this charity.

The topic was ‘The Local Area Reserves and the Work of the Volunteers’

Les went through the local nature reserves – Kirkby Moor, Moor Farm, Roughton Moor, Woodhall Airfield and Kirkby Gravel Pits and highlighted the wildlife and flora and fauna that can be found in these reserves with many beautiful photographs he has taken to illustrate the huge diversity to be found. We saw stunning photographs of many varieties of orchid, cotton grass, Little Ringed Plovers to mention just a few. Les’s photographs can be found here                  Continue reading

CAMEO CLUB: new members welcome

CAMEO CLUB 2020

What does CAMEO stand for?  Come And Meet Every One

What is it? A get-together of folks of all ages from surrounding areas:  Kirkby on Bain, Roughton, Haltham, Mareham Le Fen and more.

Why? A chance for newcomers to the area to meet others nearby and regulars to share and talk and give support when needed. We collect for a different chosen charity each year, such as 2019 SANDS  –  a group supporting those families experiencing neo-natal and still-born deaths. In memory Wren Plume-Russell 1/1/19                   Continue reading

Last Vulcan Captain to talk at the Petwood

Join us on April 4th for An Evening With Bill Ramsey – the last Vulcan Captain. Bill will be talking us through his truly extraordinary career which includes flying the Lancaster and Dakota with the BBMF, four years as Wing Commander with the Red Arrows and so much more.

This is the first of a series of talks called ‘An Evening With…’ which we will be hosting throughout the year. It is not an event you want to miss! The Petwood will be making a donation from tickets sales to Bill’s chosen charity, The People’s Mosquito.

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Typhoon talk at the Petwood

In the second instalment of our ‘An Evening With’ events, join us for a talk with Dave Hands from the Hawker Typhoon Restoration Project!

Dave’s connection with the Typhoon stems from his father, who was an engine test engineer with Napier, flying a modified Warwick out of Luton equipped with the Sabre powerplant. He has a history in aviation that stretches back to childhood with his father being Chief flying instructor at the London Gliding Club. Event Details:

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Cameo Club Report: October 2018

Cameo Club of Kirkby on Bain and Roughton – October Report by Jill Russell

The meeting was on 16th October and I think it was fitting that I filled in the first talk of the year with one on genealogy research and my daughter Ella Russell gave the last talk on : ‘Balancing Life as a Rock  Climber and a career as an Employment Lawyer’ – A rocky but rewarding combination. Without the vote given to women in 1918 even our feisty female forebears would not have imagined what Ella has achieved and the change that has come about in the potential for women to develop, even if there is still more to be done.

Ella started with a description of her life’s journey so far, being 33 years old. She was always encouraged to be active and she showed us her little walking boots which she wore when her father took her up and down a scrambling route on Snowden when she was 6. Holidays were always to hills and mountains from Peak District, Wales, Lakes, Scottish Isles to Pyrenees, Alps, Dolomites.                  Continue reading

Cameo club update

From Maura Dormer:

Kirkby on Bain CAMEO Club

Please note we have a change to our published programme for the meeting on the 21st August. This month will be an evening with Dinah Ward, ‘Decorating and Eating Cupcakes’ which was originally scheduled for September. New visitors are very welcome, if you are interested in joining us for the evening please call the secretary, Maura Dormer on 07708 947992 to ensure we have a cupcake waiting for you!!