This weekend 158 visitors came along to St Marys Church to admire our community’s contribution to the 2018 Horncastle and Villages Churches Festival. The Church was transformed in commemoration of those who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars. Feedback was very complimentary and many visitors commented on the transformation of the church and the individual displays, all donated and arranged by parishioners. There was special praise for the idea to feature over a thousand knitted poppies, both red and white. This morning children and teachers from the primary school took a break from the classroom to see what can be achieved by a dedicated and creative community team.
John Dudley has come across a remarkable film about John Blyth, an 18 year-old just out of high school who was trained to take pictures of damage done to German targets by US bombers in 1944. He flew in a British Spitfire fitted with extra fuel tanks where the guns were suppose to be. In other words, he flew over Germany unarmed. At 18 years old, he was all alone, behind enemy lines, with no guns, no escort, and he gladly did it.
This documentary, filmed in 2005, is built around an interview with the then 83-year-old Spitfire pilot, combined with sequences extracted from two suitcases-full of 16mm home movies inherited by filmmaker William Lorton from his great-uncle who served as a Flight Surgeon. Wait for the golden moment when John sees his 18-year-old self on archive film for the first time.
Last Thursday, seven villagers and one former resident turned up at St Mary’s Church to meet local historian, writer and artist Edward Mayor and his dog Sandy, for the much-anticipated historical walk around Kirkby on Bain, advertised here earlier. And they were not to be disappointed, despite the torrid heatwave conditions.
The walk started off in the cool of the Church as Edward introduced himself and gave us a summary of the earliest history of the village, one of several Kirkbys in Lincolnshire, some of which were mentioned on Edward’s historical map, from the Domesday reference to Cherchebi onward. The group then set off on a circular route along by the canal to Swandrift bridge, stopping at the probable sites of the gravel barge wharf and the old oak bridge for explanations, questions, answers and comments. Continue reading
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.)
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
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.