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FANTASTIC BOOST FOR THE GEORGIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL


Council grant to help fund heritage festivals

A community history group covering 32 villages has been awarded £10,000 by South Kesteven District Council to stage a heritage festival in Folkingham this September.

The Aveland History Group can now embark on ‘An Aveland Odyssey – Cruise through History Heritage Festivals’ programme to celebrate and enhance the district’s rich heritage.

The first event is this year’s Georgian Festival in Folkingham on Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th September 2022.

Cllr Rosemary Trollope-Bellew, SKDC Cabinet member for Culture and Visitor Economy, said: “We want to work with local groups to help them create sustainable events. Supporting the history group is a welcome opportunity to help illustrate a remarkable ancient culture and heritage.

“Holding the festival in different locations will encourage a wider community of people to get involved, increasing recognition and driving up visitor numbers. We have as a council celebrated our Georgian heritage in Stamford and I am looking forward to the event in September.”

The planned Georgian event in September includes entertainers, living history, market stalls, food and drink outlets, heritage crafters and subject matter lectures. Chair of the Aveland History Group Ali Ray said “we are delighted to have the backing and support of SKDC as we embark on this initial festival of our five-year plan. The funding enables us to make the festival free entry and to provide an outstanding range of activities for the whole family to experience. It will draw people to our part of the County, so we invite everyone to come along and see what you can discover about life in the era of Bridgerton!”

For Further Details of the Exciting Programme on Offer see our Dedicated Page


THE AVELAND HISTORY GROUP ARE PROUD TO BE PART OF THIS FANTASTIC PROJECT

The Village of Aslackby celebrates after receiving £208,524 in National Lottery funding

St James’ Church, Aslackby, The Aveland History Group, and Dementia Support South Lincs are celebrating after their joint project “Bringing Architectural and Village History to Life” is awarded a £208,524 grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Today, St James’ Church, Aslackby, The Aveland History Group, and Dementia Support South Lincs has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £208,524 for an exciting heritage project, “Bringing Architectural and Village History to Life”, in Aslackby. It is made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. The project focuses on repairing the leaking Church roof, creating dementia friendly guides and displays, digitising the village archive and creating a website to this digital repository of information about Aslackby history. We will help local primary schools to visit and learn about Church architecture and history as well.

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!

The Electronic British Library Journal A fascinating set of articles available free from the link below.

The eBLJ is the journal of scholarly research into the contents and history of the British Library and its collections. It is the successor to the British Library Journal, which appeared in twenty-five volumes between 1975 and 1999. Its purpose is to advance knowledge of the British Library's collections by demonstrating their wealth and the ways in which they are used by researchers. It is available free to all users of our website. It is permanently archived and is indexed in Humbul, The History Journals Guide, MLA, etc.

ISSN 1478-0259

© The British Library Board

Explorer's Road Route opens up for visitors


August 2021 A new generation of explorers is set to discover South Kesteven thanks to a major national and international tourism project.

Grantham and Stamford are highlighted as destinations on the Explorer's Road - www.explorersroad.com - promoting quintessentially English cultural and historic attractions along the A1 from Newcastle to Hertfordshire.

"The Great North Road is a route travelled by the English for 2,000 years. The Explorer's Road highlights reasons to turn off the beaten track and discover the wealth of amazing local places to visit in a Covid-safe manner, some of them truly unique and best kept secrets."

Our Regional Places include The Angel and Royal Hotel, Grantham - a favoured haunt of the travelling Knights Templar

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.

So sit back and enjoy.

New Website up and running

Folkingham Past and Present History Group have launched a new website. Including fabulous photographs from the soon to be published book on Folkingham by Martin Smith, the site is a feast for the eyes. Not only that but if you enter the shop you will have a chance to subscribe to his book, get your own name in print and make history of your own in Folkingham.