Events at St Swithun’s and Bicker
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15 August 2020 – Open Day and talk by Guy de la Bédoyère, “Ancient Romans in our area”. We are delighted to announce that Guy de la Bédoyère will be giving us a talk about Roman Gods with Thunderbolts, of whom it seems there were many in Lincolnshire! Guy is a historian and writer who specialises in the Roman Empire. He has written numerous books on the subject, took part in Channel 4’s Time Team for many years and also taught History and Classical Civilisation at Sleaford High School. Don’t miss this amazing event! Watch this space for how to get your tickets! Update: CANCELLED. It is with deep regret that the team have had to cancel this event. We will try and reorganise at a later date. Please keep visiting this page for further updates.
11-12 September 2020 – The 2020 Bicker Steam Threshing and Classic Car Show is CANCELLED. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the annual Bicker Steam Threshing and Classic Car show has had to be cancelled. The show has been held in Bicker every year since 1987 with proceeds going to St. Swithun’s Church. We have raised well over £100,000 for the church with proceeds going towards the new roof, windows and a much needed heating system. We hope to be up and running again next year. Please see our website for further information Bicker Steam Threshing
16 September 2020 at 7:00pm – ZOOM History Talk by Alastair Goodrum, Daredevils and Balloonists in Lincolnshire.
Spalding author, Alastair Goodrum has had a passion for aviation ever since being taken as a small boy to the Farnborough Air Show. He held a commission in the RAFVR from 1968 to 1975 and now retired, has written seven books; numerous magazine articles and presents illustrated talks about aviation history in the east of England.
Since time immemorial, people have flocked to gaze upon daring feats in the hope of witnessing some death-defying or even death-inducing act. 200 years ago aeronautics was turned into a public spectacle and exploited financially from its very beginning. In his Balloons, Bleriots and Barnstormers talk, Alastair will tell us some of these stories for the area around The Wash and the men and women who entertained us in the sky. “It’s seat of the pants flying at its most thrilling,” he says.
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30 September 2020 at 7:00pm– ZOOM Heritage Talk by Angela Riley, Making Corn Dollies.
Angela Riley has been employed in heritage for 30 years at various sites throughout Lincolnshire. The first site was an agricultural museum, and that was where her journey began practising the art of corn dolly making.
Angela will demonstrate on-line via ZOOM how to make these fascinating, traditionally crafted gems. Corn Dollies are a form of straw work made as part of harvest customs. In pre-Christian European culture it was believed that the spirit of the corn lived amongst the crop and that the harvest made it effectively homeless, so dollies were made from the last sheaf of the crop for the spirit to spend winter in this home until the “corn dolly” was ploughed into the new season’s first furrow.
Mechanisation ended traditional corn dolly making but it was revived in the 50s and 60s with new creations including replicas of farm implements and models such as windmills.
Want to learn more? Then ZOOM in on Wednesday 30th September at 7pm.
02 October 2020 – Open Day and talk by Neil Wright, “History of Medieval Boston”. CANCELLED.
14 October 2020 at 7:00pm – ZOOM History Talk by Tom Grimes, 300 Years of the Boston Gentlemen’s Society.
Tom Grimes is President of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society. This renowned Society was founded over 300 years ago, and once included the likes of Sir Isaac Newton among its members.
It is currently an educational charity which manages a museum, library and archive in Broad Street, Spalding. This talk will be about the founding and early meetings of the Society, and its collection and activities today.
28 October 2020 at 6:45pm – ZOOM History Talk by Alan Stennett, A Century of Lincolnshire Farming Changes.
Alan Stennett, BEM, is a Lincolnshire writer, broadcaster and journalist specialising in agriculture and rural life. Listeners to BBC Radio Lincolnshire will be familiar with him and his work. He will talk about the dramatic changes in agriculture in Lincolnshire between 1900 and 2000.
14 November 2020 – Open Day “Trash or Treasure”. Following our successful open day in March, we hope to be joined once again by Colin Young of Goulding and Young Auctioneers. CANCELLED! Unfortunately, due to ongoing work on the porch and Lockdown 2, this event has had to be cancelled.