Lincolnshire Voices of the Great War Exhibition
The Society has arranged for the exhibition which took place at Lincoln Castle at the same time as 'The Poppies', will be available to view at Stanhope Hall, Boston Road, Horncastle on Sunday 30th April from 10am to 4pm.
Through themed banners you can discover the personal stories and experiences of Lincolnshire people on both the battlefield and the home front, often in their own words. Themes will include:
There will also be an opportunity to see the individual stories of the 131 men from Horncastle who died in the War and the book 'Horncastle's Great War' will be available for sale.
Refreshments will be available at a small charge, but entrance will be Free.
The venue is fully accessible.
On the evening of Wednesday January 18th at 7.30 at the Admiral Rodney Hotel in Horncastle, retired broadcaster, film producer and railway historian, Mike Fowler, gave an excellent presentation titled
'The Origins, Development and Decline of the East Lincolnshire Railway'.
Mike is an avid collector of railway signs and an authority on this particular line as he grew up in Firsby and watched many of the trains which connected to Grimsby and Peterborough, from steam trains through to the diesels. He showed how each part of the line developed and how it was paid for. He showed a very emotive film of steam trains using the line and photos of the many passengers who used the junction to travel to Skegness and Mablethorpe for their holidays.His presentation attracted an audience of over 60 people on a very foggy night, but all agreed that it was well worth coming out. He is currently working on a presentation about the branch lines, which will include the Horncastle and Woodhall line and he was persuaded to come back to see us again next March to show this work.
The East Lincolnshire Railway.......Grimsby to Boston
Opened in 1848, this major railway route linked Grimsby with Peterborough and onwards to London. It provided for 122 years a fast route both north and south for the larger communities in Louth and Alford and the smaller rural communities in the Wolds and Fens. Via several branch lines it connected with Lincoln, Bardney, Horncastle, Skegness, Spilsby and Mablethorpe. A seven year survival struggle took place from 1963 but eventually the 73 mile route closed in October 1970.
The decision to have two stalls at the market certainly paid off. As we had the new book to sell, it was felt we needed more space for people to browse rather than enter the melay that is the chocolate tombola.
Colin & June await customers Mayor, Bill Aron with Mary
Both stalls took over £350 and made our investment worthwhile. Thanks as always to our supportive members who donate all the chocolate and also all those who helped either settting up the tombola, or at the actual fair.
Members of HHHS were pleased to be asked to be involved in the design of sculptures for the Memorial Garden at RAF Ingham. It was to honour all those who fought and fell, whilst serving at RAF Ingham and in the Bomber Squadrons of the Polish Air Force during the Second World War.
The horse statues in Horncastle had been admired by Mr Geoff Burton, founder of RAF Ingham Heritage Group and he enlisted David Lawrence, David Birchall and Bob Wayne to construct a sculpture showing Polish airmen looking out over the landscape prior to flying out on a raid.
On Thursday 26th May 2016, we were invited to attend the dedication ceremony by the Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Mr Lukasz Lutostanski. The event was attended by dignatories from the County, the Polish Ambassador and representatives from the RAF and the Polish Air Force, as well as many families of Polish airmen.
It was a very moving event, especially when the list of airmen form RAF Ingham was read out. These included Canadian, australian and British servicemen as well as the Polish airmen from 300, 301 and 304 Squadrons.
Standards of regiments were displayed, wreaths were laid by many people and the National Anthems of the countries involved were played. The Polish people present sang their anthem and it was very touching.
There was also a magnificent flypast by an RAF Jet which can just be seen in this picture.
The RAF Ingham Heritage Group have done a wonderful job but have much more work to do to create a full exhibition centre at the site. If you get chance to visit, it is worth while.
The day concluded with a lovely buffet lunch at Hemswell Cliff Hotel which was the Officers' Mess during the war. A display about RAF Ingham and the Polish Air Force was on view.
This picture shows David Birchall alongside the sculptures of which their creators should be very proud. Unfortunately, David Lawrence and Bob were unable to attend.
Horncastle History & Heritage Society – Minutes of a Meeting of the Executive Committee held on the 25th February 2016 at 1415 hours at No. 4 Low Toynton Close, Horncastle
Present: Mary Silverton (MS) Chairman, Dr David Lawrence (DL) & Trevor Butterworth (TB)
Apologies: Annie Clark, Rod Sambrook & Richard Barker
Absent: Bob Wayne & Marilyn Hieatt
Item 1. Apologies for Absence
MS accepted apologies from those detailed above.
Item 2. Approval of Executive Minutes of 14/01/2016 & Any Matters Arrising
It was agreed these Minutes represented a reasonably true record of what took place. MS advised the accounts should have read £5,290.00 and not £52,900.00! MS further advised that under Correspondence it should have read "National Award” and not International Award. MS added there had been a very welcome influx of volunteers to assist with the archiving task.
Item 3. Correspondence
”Clean for the Queen” campaign takes place on Saturday, 5th March. MS will circulate details regarding participation to all members. MS said while archiving Homeleigh information a photograph of a WW1 plaque had emerged and subsequently was located in the War Memorial Hospital building but regrettably in a corridor not accessible by the public. MS suggested it would be better placed in the Stanhope Hall. Agreed and MS to communicate this to the Chairman of the Stanhope Hall Committee for consideration and action. MS produced a poster advertising the topic for our 16th March General Meeting – "Off the Beeton Track” and it was agreed MS should circulate this to all members. MS then introduced draft copies of the proposed cover for the "Horncastle’s Great War” book and it was agreed to be very suitable.
Item 4. Financial Report
MS indicated there had been no substantial change to the figures recorded in the previous Minutes.
Item 5. Planning Report
The following is a brief dilution of DL’s verbal report on the following planning issues:
a) 14 South Street. Change of use to a Sandwich Bar.
b) Crown Inn, West Street. An application for Qty 8 B & B units. Parking issues
c) Shop next to Perkins, Newsagents. Two letters of concern sent – no response!
d) 5a High Street (was Johnsons Greengrocers) – Building Control issues.
e) Black Swan Public House – broken bottles and glass at the rear on Wong land!
f) Foundry Street – new build in what was Peter Foster’s garden. An application has been submitted to change the conditions to justify unauthorised work already carried out that isn’t in accord with the original approved conditions..! DL said this type of "remedial” or retrospective application has become more and more common place during the past two years.
Item 6. The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations
MS said these celebrations take place over the 10th – 12th June 2016 and on Saturday 11th there is to be a grand parade of floats with a red, white & gold theme and the Society should be involved – but how? A limited debate revealed a Horse Fair theme involving about three wooden horse silhouettes (life size & similar to the steel ones) plus suitably attired members on an appropriately sized trailer would be an achievable possibility. Needs further consideration.
Item 7. Lion Theatre – Refurbishment of Seating
MS said sponsorship was being sort for this project at £80.00 a seat and this will include a suitable plaque on the seat acknowledging the sponsor. It was agreed we sponsor one seat.
Item 8. AGM Speaker
MS said it was hoped to have the ELDC Councillor who holds the Planning Portfolio but has not received any response. Fiona Martin to be asked to chase.
Item 9. Town Walk Leaflet
Bob Pendell has been progressing this project with the "Walkers are Welcome” group, MS said Cupits would produce some 5,000 leaflets for about £750.00. After some debate TB suggested MS contact the Grants Manager for the Horncastle & District Healthcare & Wellbeing Fund for a grant application form and stressing the "healthy” aspect of this project.
Item 10. Any Other Relevant Business
DL said the current infestation of pigeons in the Town and surrounding residential areas was the worse it has ever been. MS said the Three Way Group had already addressed this and had urged business and commercial premises to take preventative actions. DL indicated feeding pigeons should be "discouraged”!
Item 11. Date of Next Meeting
Is the 7th April 2016 at No.4, Low Toynton Road at 1415 hours. Meeting closed at 4.00pm.
Minutes of the Meeting of the Horncastle Heritage and History Society Executive Committee held on 14th January 2016.
Present: Mary Silverton (Chairman), Bob Wayne (Secretary), Marilyn Hieatt, David Lawrence, Trevor Butterworth, Annie Clark.
Apologies: Rod Sambrook. Mary S had received apologies from Richard Barker, sadly he indicated personal circumstances would prevent him from attending future meetings.
The minutes of the meeting held on 03.12.15 were approved as a true record.
Matters Arising: Mary S reported that she had received a load more valuable stuff from David Robinson. In order to accommodate volunteers the archive openings will be changed to Wednesdays 10:15 hrs to 12:30hrs. A charge of £5.00 is made for access to the archives by non members.
Bob W reported that the interpretation board for horses had been delivered to Dave B, they would do the rest ASAP.
Correspondence: Sheila Jonkers Roman Display in the Library attracted much attention and a national award. The residual typed information sheet reflected little credit to HHH and should go.
Society Organisation: Trevor B had to leave early and requested that the committee discuss the composition of the next committee. Mary B’s vision is that tasks be shared over a larger number of members ;- Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Funding Officer, Archive and Website Manager, PR Officer, Program Secretary, Projects Co-ordinator. This would involve more members and by narrowing the responsibilities make the posts less demanding. The good news is that Michael Hieatt has already agreed to take over planning. Fears were expressed that this could lead to an unduly large committee, our constitution allows up to 10, a larger committee would it was hoped spread responsibility.
Accounts: Mary S reported that the audit of the accounts had been signed off. The bank balances was £5290.00 now reduced to £4737.00 after paying for the computer and making a donation to SJB Soc.
Committee changes required a change of bank signatories. Rod S and Claire K will be removed and it was agreed that David L would be appointed signatory.
AGM: Mary S hoped to get the ELDC Head of Planning as speaker.
Christmas event: Everybody agreed that it had been very successful, Paul Scott’s talk had been interesting. It was agreed that Friday night was a good choice and a folky music group could be enjoyable in the future. Members to bring forward ideas at the next meeting .
Christmas Fair: It was agreed that event had been successful making £341.00, people had been very generous and the format was successful.
Future events: There is an obvious need for a fund raising event, rather than a coffee morning it was suggested that we organise a historic town walk, starting and finishing at the Manor House, thanks to the Hieatts. The price would be £5.00 which would include tea and cakes.
The next meeting 20.01.2016: Mary S will bring the PowerPoint projector and computer to show members the archive database and examples of photos especially those from the Johnson and Pocklington collections. Marilyn H said we must remind members that we are looking for new committee members.
Roman Wall: The next step is still to get a site survey, this is being organised by the Community Centre Chairman Stephen Holdaway with Sheila’s encouragement. The mild weather has discouraged the die back of undergrowth slowing the process. Bob W reported that the trees growing on top of the wall have been felled. Sheila J is very keen to form an interest group.
Planning Report: David L reported his principle concern is with No 5A the High Street (was Johnsons fruit and veg) Permission has been gained for two 1st floor flats but the ground floor looks far from stable. David has written to the Enforcement Officer and received assurances that an architect had been appointed and was working with the Conservation Officer. Nothing much has happened, various steel sections have been delivered. It was agreed that David L should write again to the enforcement Officer, the Mayor, Cllr Fiona Martin if only to remind them that we are watching.
Another building that is causing concern is the old bicycle shop next to Perkins. This building is deteriorating rapidly with the shop window looking very poor. Should the building be demolished any replacement would be very visible, Members felt its present state was an eyesore in the middle of town.
David L’s other concerns is the continuing trend towards retrospective applications, a classic example being the new terrace in Foundry Street that was erected with entirely different window detail and roof pitch to the approved plans. That ELDC appear to have given planning permission for new bungalows on Thimbleby Hill without any agreement on sewerage connections with Anglia Water, worrying trend!
Wong Action Group: Mary S intended to attend a meeting, that evening with the Wong Committee, Town Council and ELDC to review progress. She didn’t expect much to happen at this time.
The Town Trail: Mary S showed a leaflet from St Neots printed on two sides of A4 which was a lot simpler (and less expensive) than the ELDC one use currently.
AOB: Mike Credland who had been so helpful with the WWl exhibitions has opened a private museum at Martin – A possible visit.
Next meeting: Thursday 25th February 2016 at 2.15pm.
Next members meeting 20th January
Meeting closed: 16:30hrs.
Len's talk on the 18th November attracted our largest audience yet with over 50 people present, and quite a few non-members.
He talked first of all about the history of the RAF and the setting up of many stations in the county, which has now reduced to just three. He talked us through the early days and the types of aircraft seen in the county over the 70 years, including the noisy Phantom. the elegant Vulcan and the plane most associated with Lincolnshire, the Lancaster. He told us that aircrews from Lincolnshire were incolved in every major air engagement in WW2.
He went on to decribe the social impacts of having a huge station like Consingsby on the doorstep - the noise, which the RAF originally treated as just an acceptable nuisance, but also the value of the camp to the local economy. Also the number of RAF personel who then settle in the area. He described how Coningsby was once a major part of the local community with camp bonfires, open days, oap's Xmas dinners, galas, etc. The latter part of his talk was about his time with the Memorial flight and the royal visitors and organising national events. A wonderful photo of the Lancaster dropping poppies down The Mall on VE Day commemoration was his final shot.
Everyone said how much they enjoyed this talk and very much appreciated the time and research that had gone into it. We also felt that there was another 10 stories for every one that Len told us.
He hopes to produce a book about RAF Coningsby and we will keep you informed.
A very successful Tudor based event as part of the National Heritage Open Day programme showing Tudor life and how Henry VIII's proposed changes to the church were received by the people of Lincolnshire.
There were over 250 visitors to the event and expenses were covered and a donation made to St Mary's Church of £90
The full story of the Lincolnshire Rising was given in an easy to read story and diary format. The changes to church envisioned by Henry were seen through the eyes of 'Agnes' a young woman of the time and this provided some fun but also gave a deep picture of life and the church at that time.
The Monarch's Champion's armour dating back to the 16th century was on display by kind permission of the Dymoke family together with well researched documents regarding their family at that time. It is thought that the armour was taken from the church by the rebels, but later returned.
A replica of the Rebel's banner had been made and hung in the church and provided an eye catching display.
The accompaniament of live Tudor music on the recorder and delightful singing added to the atmosphere in the church.
Children were catered for with Tudor craft items such as jesters on sticks etc and outdoor games such as skittles .
A display by a local bee keeper who had managed to obtain hives from Tudor period was particularly interesting.
There were also very old Latin and early English Bibles on display
A successful and informative event.
The Society entered the horse statues in the Civic Design Awards. We did not win any prizes but were surprised at the high standard of the projects that were entered and we felt we were a little out of our depth. The overall winners were Gloucestershire Service Station and most of the other winners were multi million pound projects.
However, it proved very interesting and The Chairman and Secretary enjoyed the visit to London and met some interesting people at the event, including a group who had been responsible for the installation of a dam project similar to the one planned to alleviate the floods into Horncastle, which is working successfully, we were pleased to hear.
Mary Silverton at the Design Awards
15th July 2015 - the walk started at the Market Place and took a route along Bridge Street, West Street and down past the Swimming Pool and back along Wharf Road. We saw the sites of the huge warehouses and the homes built to house the owners and their workers along the route. We heard about the impact on the population of the town of the canal coming and that it was because of the improved economy that the railway came here later and so eventually destroyed the canal. About 15 members of Rotary accompanied us on this trip and afterwards several of our members joined them at the Admiral Rodney for a Pasta meal and convivial conversation.
A short talk and film on this remarkable man will take place at the Admiral Rodney Hotel on Wednesday 18th March 2015 at 7.30pm.
Non- members are also welcome to attend.
Minutes of a meeting of the HHHS Executive Committee held at 4 Low Toynton Close
on Wednesday 7th January 2015.
Present: Mary Silverton (Chairman) Richard Barker, Marilyn Hiett, David Lawrence, Rod Sambrook
1 Apologies: Claire Kidson, Bob Wayne, Trevor Butterworth
2 Approval of Executive Minutes 26/11/14 & matters arising - Approved
3 Planning Update & response to Mareham Road Appeal
a Reindeer Close/Greystones - re-submission of application received on the 23rd December for response by 2nd January which was not possible. Has obtained extension until the 9th January. Numbers reduced to 52 but still over development.
b Mareham Road - As ELDC have backed down on the appeal following more drainage information from the applicant, the appeal now becomes a hearing to take place 8th January. The new information was again only received shortly before Christmas.
It was 103 pages on disc. The proposed drainage system relies on riparian rights and will result in individual households off site being responsible for clearing and maintaining the drains. David's response is attached.
c Land Availability - David's, Richard's and any other response to be circulated before the next meeting to consider HHHS response.
4 Treasurer's Report & Membership Update
The Accounts for the year ending 31st March 2014 were considered and to be recommended for approval to the AGM.
Membership now stands at 52 paid up members.
A great deal of fund raising has taken place this year and this should be reflected in the accounts for this year.
Richard Barker agreed to compile a paper regarding pursuing corporate Sponsorship with local companies and publicity to be offered in return. An aim of this would be to get sponsorship for professional maintenance of the website rather than relying on Members. It was also agreed that Coffee mornings have not proven worthwhile and that better results are made from stalls at Xmas & Summer Fairs, but perhaps raffles should be a part of these events.
5 Arrangements of Meeting 21st January
This will be a film show of the Great War which was shown at the Great War Event, but many Members were unable to see. There is a £2 charge for non-members and the Hall hire is £19 and the services of the projectionist £20. Marilyn agreed to cover the door.
Some changes have taken place on the programme for the year due to speakers not being available. Members agreed the change to the meeting 18th March which will now be a talk on the Cusson family by Mary & Rod, with time for a general meeting afterwards. It was proposed to hold a discussion after the AGM on the impact of development on the town. Members felt this should be lead by 2 people on each side laying out the situation for about 5 mins each and then allowing opportunity for other Members to join in.
David Lawrence left the meeting at 3.00pm
6 Code of Conduct for Members
Although views on this matters were widely diverse it was generally agreed that a Code of Conduct was not necessary. When the Constitution is reviewed, consideration will be given to including a paragraph about exclusion of members who bring the Society into disrepute. In the meantime, any particular problems will be reviewed by the Executive Committee.
7 Consideration of Proposal for event from Stephen Briggs
Although Stephen has presented quite a lot of information regarding his proposals for an event in the town, Members of the Executive were concerned that he did not have the necessary experience to organise quite a big event. As he is new to the society it is difficult for members to judge his capabilities at this time. It was, therefore felt, that it would be better to involve Stephen in assisting in the organisation of another event with another more experienced Member first, and he can get used to the practicalities of organising events.
8 The Wong - R Barker
Richard disagreed with the headlines in the Horncastle News today saying that the project has all gone wrong. But, he did not feel that much progress had been made over the past twelve months. A meeting had been held on 5th December with ELDC which had not been successful.
Waterloo Housing had withdrawn from any proposal to develop on the Wong, but the District Valuer's report of Sept 13 clearly wants to get a Capital receipt from the area. Probably develop two thirds and the rest for green space. The Neighbourhood Plan identifies this third as Protected Local Green Space by ELDC. Not sure how it can be changed from Protected to Unprotected. There has been little communication with ELDc over the past twelve months, but the May elections may bring some changes. Some contacts with possible developers have been made.
The Chairman expressed her concerns at the lack of progress by this Committee and the situation will be monitored.
9 Neighbourhood Plan
Following publication of the draft plan, there was concern that the coverage in the Historic Section was not strong enough and had not covered some of the important points made in the HHHS initial response to the early consultation process. In particular, with regard to the
Conservation Area Appraisal 2008, which it was felt should be the new basis for Conservation area planning. Response to be sent again prior to closing date for consultation, this Friday 9th January.
10 Civic Design Award
Members agreed to submission to this award for the Horse statues and the SJB Centre if Paul Scott is willing to complete the application for the latter.
11 Information Board for Horse statues
Some discussion as to whether this was necessary, but agreed that if it could be discreet and not detract from the horses and funding could be obtained, then David be asked to design something perhaps using photos of the horsefair etc.
12 Heritage Open Day
This needs to be registered by February. Members suggested focusing on the Lincolnshire Rising and the scythes, and to use the back of the church and the Community Centre. People dressed in Tudor costumes and background Tudor music (Marilyn). To check with Bob about theatre group involvement.
A sub-group be set up, with Members invited to get involved (Richard & Marilyn volunteered). Investigate grant funding, serving of refreshments or involve Captain & Cook.
13 Next meeting was set as 25th February (subsequently as Chairman unable to make this date - suggest 18th February)
Members worked hard to present an attractive stall at the Christmas Fair on November 30th. A large selection of chocolates and chocolate cakes for the Tombola attracted the crowds, and those who couldn't eat chocolates took part in the 'guess the square game' devised and drawn by our own David Lawrence, for the wonderful basket of fruit donated by Johnson's. We also sold some scarves and jewellery and pictures of old Horncastle and this all helped to raise the wonderful sum of £335.
Not the most successful coffee morning
Despite the efforts of a lot of our Members the coffee morning attracted very little interest from the population of Horncastle. We had lots of books, cakes, pictures of historic Horncastle and a good display on the floods of Horncastle and a terrific raffle. But we did not have the people for some reason.
At the end of the day we raised just £62 from which the hire of the Community Centre must be taken, so not a lot of return on our efforts.
We must aim to do a bit better at our stall on the Christmas market on the 30th November. Your ideas for the stall would be very welcome to the Executive Committee.
As part of our research for the Horncastle Great War event and its legacy, a group comprising Members of HHHS, the U3A and The Lions visited the exhibition at Lincolnshire Life Museum.
The 3 hours we spent there were hardly enough to explore the museum fully. The WW1 exhibition focuses on the Lincolnshire Regiments in the war, as the site was originally their barracks, and on local family memories. It provided us with many ideas for our own displays.
After lunch at the very reasonably priced café, we enjoyed reminiscing over the displays of life as it used to be, and sometimes unfortunately, as some of us remembered, the displays of shops, homes and work places were excellent.
The WW1 exhibition continues until the 4th January 2015 and is well worth a visit. Entrance is free.
Several groups within the town (see below) have been working for a year now on an event that will truly represent the ways in which Horncastle and its immediate surrounds were affected by the First World War.
A great deal of research has been undertaken into such things as the effects on agriculture, the changes to women working, the possibility of influxes of Belgian Refugees, the effects of the Spanish Flu at the end of the war and whether the population of the workhouse was affected by returning soldiers or widows etc. Some of the answers to these questions have been surprising and you can find out at this event on Saturday and Sunday 13th & 14th September at the Stanhope Hall.
We also have for your interest a display of uniforms of the First World War, replica guns, and even a full sized model tank. There will also be a trench scene and a hospital scene set up and acted by the Theatre Company and a collection of Horncastle Newspapers for all the war years and other memorabilia.
In the Meeting Room there will be a rolling programme of films, including one about the Grimsby Pals, and some Lincolnshire dialect poetry readings and music.
On Saturday afternoon there will be a flypast by a Dakota and on Sunday we will conclude the day with a Drumhead service of remembrance by the Royal British Legion.
Of course, the main part of our event will be remembrance of the Horncastle soldiers who died or were injured in the war and each soldier will have a personal record of their war time activities and family memories on display. If your family is not local, we have a facility available on the day to find out about your ancestors and their part in the war.
We have been fortunate enough to obtain Lottery funding for this event so entry is free and we hope you will come along and find out a little more about this time and, like me, learn perhaps the true horror and sacrifices made by so many young men.
Horncastle Cyclists visit the Western Front
As part of Horncastle's WW1 commemoration, keen local cyclists Graham Silverton and Pete Richardson, known collectively as 'Team Bloke', forged a direct link with the Western Front by riding a 350-mile route across Belgium and Northern France, visiting key battlefields, cemeteries and memorials. Their aim was to locate and photograph the resting places of 27 of the town’s fallen who lie between Ypres and Compiegne.
Their first lap ended at the Menin Gate at Sundown on August 4th - the exact date on which Britain entered the Great War - with a parade, laying of wreaths and of course 'the last post'. Their route then took them to Tyne Cott Cemetery, Loos Memorial, Vimy Ridge, Arras Cemetery, Theipval Memorial, Villiers Bretonneux (Australian National Memorial) and Compiegne, where the Armistace was signed. The tour finished in Paris with, as Graham said, "A lot of recovery beer!".
During their 5-day Tour, Team Bloke succeeded in tracing and photographing the inscriptions commemorating the 27. The results will be on show during the Horncastle's Great War event.
Said Peter: "Finding our 'boys' and paying our quiet respects added a great sense of purpose to the ride. Of course, many more townsmen fell in other locations across this huge area." Graham agreed: "It was a privilege and pleasure to find and remember the 27 amongst the many, many thousands."
'Team Bloke' will be present throughout Horncastle's Great War, along with their cycles and a short visual presentation of their tour.
|Groups and Individuals Involved|
Horncastle History & Heritage Society
Royal British Legion
British Red Cross
Horncastle Theatre Group
Sir Joseph Banks Society
Bartletts Battlefields Tours
War Memorial Hospital Committee
Heritage Lottery Fund
First World War
Memorials Of Lincolnshire
Presentation & Display
By Mike Credland
To start our Commemoration Weekend of Horncastle's Great War at Horncastle College, Mareham Road, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10th September 2014.
Non Members £2.00
A very successful presentation. Mike talked about the 295 Memorials in Lincolnshire and their architects and designs. He also described the thought that went into the battlefield memorials in France & Belgium, the use of Portland Stone and the quote by Rudyard Kipling on all the memorials 'Their Name Liveth for Evermore'. His recent book 'War Memorials of Lincolnshire' was available for sale at the meeting. It was a fascinating and informative evening.
A group of Horncastle Civic Society members enjoyed a most interesting visit to Lincoln's historic Guildhall on Thursday 6th of September. To set an example of civic responsibility and reduce their carbon footprint the group elected to use public transport. Their trip started therefore in Horncastle Market Place when the Chair Mary Silverton led her party aboard a purple No 6 bus.
At Lincoln the party of sixteen were welcomed by the Mayor's Officer Joe Cooke. The conducted tour started with the Society sitting around the highly polished table in the Council Chamber. Having no useful business to conduct they were then called to order by the ringing of the 14C bell and proceeded via the robing room to inspect a display of seals including the City Charter dating back to 1157.
The visit concluded in the strong room in front of the magnificent display of city plate and regalia said to be one of the country's finest. The priceless display included the sword presented to Lincoln by Richard ll in 1387 and examples of 20th century weaponry in the form of solid silver models of HMS Lincoln together with Lancaster and Vulcan bombers presented by local RAF stations.
The Guildhall is open for free conducted tours most Fridays and on the first Saturday of each month and the Civic Society would certainly recommend a visit. To make it a really fun experience, get a group of friends to join you travelling by bus, quick, clean and devoid of parking problems.
The Civic Society was very pleased to welcome Sheila Jonkers to their meeting on the 1st August at the Admiral Rodney.
Sheila gave an illuminating talk on what life was like for ordinary Romans and the people in the many counties they conquered. Despite their war like appearance, they appeared not to disrupt the everyday life of Celts living in rural Britain during their occupation, but their legacy is still felt today.
We owe them our written language, urban living, our roads, parts of our democracy, many of the words that we use every day, and certainly the use of Latin as the universal language for medicine, plants, etc.
Her talk was not about the facts and figures that many of us know from our school days, but Sheila managed to illustrate to the Society what every day living was like in those times, the format of their villas, their family groups, their use of slaves, their eating habits and their bathing and toileting habits.
|Meeting Dates for 2016|
Proposed Dates of meetings for 2016 & 2017. All meetings to be held at the Admiral Rodney at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated.
Mike Fowler - Railways & particularly Horncastle branch line
Richard D'Arcy - Smuggling on the Lincolnshire Coast
Lincolnshire Voices of the Great War Exhibition
10am to 4pm Stanhope Hall
Alan Maskell - Lincolnshire Fire Service
Heritage Open Day Event -Horrid History of Horncastle, Tour of Victorian Police cells & exhibition at Chatterton's Solicitors.
Francis Dymoke - The Queen's Champion
Crissie Chapman - Katherine Swynford, Daughter of Lincolnshire & Mother of a Dynasty.
Subject to availability