South Lincolnshire venues taking part in Heritage Open Days

Photo of the week - The Red Hall, Bourne'Photo: MSMP120113-004js ENGEMN00120131201122103
Photo of the week - The Red Hall, Bourne'Photo: MSMP120113-004js ENGEMN00120131201122103

Don’t miss the chance to take a peek through the keyhole to our district’s past from Thursday until Sunday.

That’s when Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days 2014 takes place, with historic venues opening their doors to the public for free.

Visit the diesel and electric land drainage pumping stations at Pode Hole.

Visit the diesel and electric land drainage pumping stations at Pode Hole.

In World War 1’s centenary year, Heritage Open Days has taken Lincolnshire in the Great War as its theme.

For instance, at Holbeach Cemetery Chapels, visitors will be able to see photographs and memorabilia relating to local people and horses involved in the war, as well as the experiences of women on the home front. Local schoolchildren will be singing war songs, there will be a DVD playing – and visitors have a chance to sample Trench Cake made by Trish Bryant from an authentic recipe.

The Cemetery Chapels is open on Saturday (10am to 4pm) and a trail will lead visitors around the war graves.

At Long Sutton Royal British Legion Club, the local civic society is staging a Residents’ Histories of World War 1 on Saturday (10am to 5pm) with photographic displays of the stories and memorabilia shared by local people.

Spalding Gentlemen’s Society is also showing visitors its collections of WW1 memorabilia – as well as its usual exhibits – on Saturday (10am to 4pm). On Sunday, WW1 specialist and living history re-enactor Ken Besfor is giving a talk on the Royal Flying Corps and the evolution of air fighting from 1914-1918 at the museum (3.30pm to 5pm). Pre-booking is essential as space is limited, on 01775 724658.

The results of World War 1 research in Baston will be displayed at St John the Baptist’s Church. The medieval church, that has original registers dating back to 1560, will also show photos of the village and its people, some dating back to the late 1800s. It’s open Friday and Saturday (10am to 5pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm).

World War 1 Women War Workers and Army Chaplains will be the subjects of a one-hour talk at The Red Hall, Bourne, on Saturday (11am).

The illustrated talk by Joyce Stevenson has to be pre-booked on 01529 461499.

Village life through World War 1 is the topic of the exhibition at St Michael and All Angels at Langtoft on Saturday and Sunday (10am to 4pm) when the church’s historic parish records will be on display. A similar presentation will be shown at St Firmin’s, Thurlby, Friday and Saturday (10am to 5pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm).

At St Andrew’s Church, Folkingham, in addition to World War 1 displays there will be concerts of war-time songs and music. The church is open Saturday and Sunday (10am to 4pm).

There is also a guided tour of the memorials to the men of two World Wars in St Mary & St Nicolas Church, Spalding, on Saturday (11am).