Spalding radio station visits the museum

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A regular column from Tulip Radio’s Jan Whitbourn.

Tuesday evening saw me entering the doors of the Gentlemen’s Society in Broad Street, a real honour and a privilege that I will never forget. The Spalding & District Chamber of Commerce had an invitation to come to a Business Networking Event and of course I jumped at the chance, especially as it was from the Gentlemen’s Society and very few women have had the pleasure!

We spent an interesting evening learning about the history of Spalding and South Holland and what the Society does, but the highlight was looking at all the artefacts, books and equipment from centuries past.

Spalding Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlet said: “What a great initiative by Duncan and Toplis to hold a business networking event at the Gentlemen’s Society. The evening was a rare opportunity to see many magnificent artefacts and learn of their history from the society members.”

Founded in 1710, the charity is one of the UK’s oldest learned societies and boasts a distinguished history, previous members including Sir Isaac Newton and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Its museum houses everything from Venetian glass goblets to agricultural tools. I spoke to many interesting current members who give their time to look after the building and its fascinating and varied contents — the curator was amazing and a lady!

I also spoke to Alistair Main from Duncan & Toplis who had this to say: “We were thinking of ideas for an ‘interesting’ Business Networking event outside of the usual format. We were delighted at how the evening went and hopefully it has raised awareness of some of the hidden delights on our doorstep here in Spalding.”

The charity is looking for new members. If you are interested in joining or getting involved and volunteering for this wonderful society, call 01775 724658 or email

Thank you to Alistair and his colleagues for giving us the opportunity to be at such a memorable event and for providing the wonderful buffet and to the society and its members for giving up their time voluntarily to show us around.