Springtime Ceilidh Postponed
Regrettably, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Springtime fundraising ceilidh has had to be postponed.
We will be rescheduling the event with the magnificent "Elusive Black Dog Ceilidh Band" at Bourne Corn Exchange.
Free Stained Glass Workshops
Thanks to an Arts in the Community grant from South Kesteven District Council, we held a very successful series of free 8 half day taster sessions in local venues. Feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive, as each had the chance to learn the techniques of stained glass making. Under the expert tutoring of local stained glass artist Cathi Prince of Shedglas Design, each person took home their own unique piece, and most are keen to be involved in helping to make the final pieces for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Arts Project.
Below are direct comments made on the feedback forms:
"A very worthwhile & enjoyable afternoon, with clear guidance. Also lovely to leave with a glass project intact and to meet some of the members"
"Excellent for those on low incomes to access free local workshops. Relaxing with knowledgable help and well organised"
"Wow, what an amazing experience! Thank you so much for taking the time to show us this beautiful craft."
Calls for funding for The Aveland Jubilee Project
The Aveland History Group, in conjunction with local stained glass artist Cathi Prince of Shedglas Design and master craftsman Frank Holcombe of Cabinet Making by Design, has put together a bid to create a lasting piece of Community Art to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We have been lucky enough to secure SKDC Funding to commence the first phase of the project, which was a series of 8 half day stained glass taster sessions (see above).
With entries coming in for the design phase from schools, care homes, individuals and local support groups, we are progressing with fundraising via approaches to the local parish councils for a modest contribution towards the project. We are looking for a main sponsor from a commercial business with roots in our community.
We also have strong engagement with Stamford College and their Construction Skills faculty. This team see great benefit in working with Frank, to give apprentices and students a taste of fine cabinetry as a means to develop on from their practical joinery skills.
Cruise through our local history
In view of the success of the Folkingham Heritage Festival held in the village in September 2021 we aim to continue the tradition annually. To give everyone a chance to be involved and to showcase the variety of historic locations we have within the Wapentake, we are proposing a series of festivals held in different villages through our region over the next five years.
So far we are well underway with preparations for a Georgian Festival in Folkingham in September 2022, but we have also been able to start preparations for a Viking Festival in Threekingham in 2023. Commemorating the legend of the Battle of Stow in 869, the Vikings are coming to be slain again!
Explorer's Road Route opens up for visitors
Join us on Facebook
7th August 2021 We now have a Facebook Group up and running. Join us on The Aveland History Group.
Folkingham Heritage Festival
2nd August 2021 We are delighted to confirm that the Aveland History Group has been successful in obtaining a grant from South Kesteven District Council which will enable us to upsize an already impressive offering for the Folkingham Heritage Festival in September. For details of the festival refer to September Events.
New Addition - Dates for the Diary
26th July 2021. It has been a long-term aim of the Aveland History Group to promote not only our own events but to generate a calendar of events across the societies and groups of the region. With the advent of many talks and seminars now offered via zoom, access to a wide range of topics and speakers is now, either free or for a small fee, available to view from the comfort of your own home. We have now managed to tame technology and to incorporate a new tab “Dates for the Diary”. We do not profess to include everything available, nor to be responsible if events are cancelled at short notice, but all the events included should link back to the original sites from which they were generated.