HOLBEACH PARISH COUNCIL: Plans take shape for culture to be centre stage in town
A cultural explosion could take place in Holbeach if plans for an expanded nature reserve, public artwork and a World War I commemoration event are achieved.
Holbeach Parish Council wants to provide more viewing areas for the public at Fishpond Lane Nature Reserve by extending space around its paved area in order to provide extra seating.
Even if we don’t succeed, there is a possibility that something could still be done using alternative grant funding, provided that strong public interest can be demonstrated
The idea of creating a Holbeach Art and Nature Trail there, with the help of town and village schools across Holbeach, was also raised during a council meeting on Monday.
But there was even more enthusiasm for Holbeach to enter a national competition where a town or village will win the right to create a privately-funded piece of public art.
Parish and district councillor Paul Foyster said: “Two TV companies are contacting parish councils around the country, asking them to let residents know about a new TV show being developed for a major UK broadcaster.
“The idea behind the show is that it will be funding numerous public art projects around the country and they want people to nominate their own town or village to win the chance of creating a new landmark for their community.
“Plans are at an early stage and we are preparing something for our Holbeach Parish Council page on Facebook because it will need wide involvement throughout the parish and there are a lot of people we will need to talk to.
“But even if we don’t succeed, there is a possibility that something could still be done using alternative grant funding, provided that strong public interest can be demonstrated.”
Meanwhile, the annual Holbeach Food Festival is set to lead into a flower and music event on the same weekend in June.
Coun Foyster said: “Holbeach Horticultural Society will be taking space for their annual flower and produce show, but we are looking to fill as many slots as possible and a music event would bring people in.”
Meanwhile, Holbeach plans to join the nation in marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in November.
But it is unlikely that the town’s beacon off the A151 will be lit after it was revealed that it cost more than £2,000 to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday in April 2016.
Coun Foyster said: “We do want to help in marking such an important aniversary but the cost of lighting the beacon is surprisingly high and November is a bad time for outdoor activities.
“So the council will be talking to local churches, the Royal British Legion and other interested groups to decide how best to take the idea forward.”