Tuesday, December 6, 2022

£10,000 grant to help fund heritage festivals

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

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

The first event is this year’s Georgian Festival in Folkingham on 17-18 September, followed by another in Threekingham in 2023 and a return to Folkingham in 2024 to celebrate the WW2 anniversary of the nearby airfield.

The programme then moves to Dyke in 2025 and Bourne in 2026.

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.”

Last year the group organised a successful Medieval Festival in Folkingham, helped by a £2,000 grant from SKDC’s Community Fund.

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 this year’s 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!”

Founded in February 2020 at an Open Day in Aslackby, the Aveland History Group is a community group with a passion for local history. It covers villages of the ancient Aveland Wapentake on either side of the A15 from Bourne in the south to Osbournby in the north.

Its programme seeks to bring history to life in engaging and often hands on fun activities, aiming to fire the imagination of young people, as well as breaking down any barriers of rural isolation affecting older neighbours.

The group runs talks on local aspects of history with spin off workshops and demonstrations of ancient skills still used today.

It has a wealth of history to draw on from the drainage of the Fens, the Viking battle of Threekingham, the Abbey at Sempringham, Knights Templar at Aslackby and the Iron Age at Dowsby.

The programme will link with county Heritage Open Days and Lincolnshire Heritage to drive up visitor numbers in this richly historic area.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our news site - please take a moment to read this important message:

As you know, our aim is to bring you, the reader, an editorially led news site and magazine but journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

With the Covid-19 pandemic having a major impact on our industry as a whole, the advertising revenues we normally receive, which helps us cover the cost of our journalists and this website, have been drastically affected.

As such we need your help. If you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs just £27.55 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

As a subscriber, you will have unlimited access to our web site and magazine. You'll also be offered VIP invitations to our events, preferential rates to all our awards and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Just click here to subscribe and in the meantime may I wish you the very best.

Advertisment












Latest posts

New Theatre Royal Lincoln team up with EDAN Lincs to give the gift of panto this Christmas

The New Theatre Royal Lincoln are teaming up with Lincolnshire charity, EDAN Lincs Domestic Abuse Service, to give local families some Christmas magic this...

More than 20 arrests made in harecoursing crackdown

Lincolnshire Police's Rural Crime Team made 22 arrests in November as they continue to target hare coursers across the county. As well as making arrests,...

Immingham knife man sentenced to life

A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment following a "terrifying incident" where he wielded a knife in the streets of Immingham in September...

Blueprints revealed for improving travel and transport in Grantham, Sleaford, Skegness and Mablethorpe

Town centre improvements, better public transport and improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians are all part of the new vision for transport in Grantham,...

Broadcast engineering charity receives support to create new museum

Plans to exhibit a large collection of historical broadcast equipment and vehicles in Hemswell Cliff have moved a step closer thanks to West Lindsey...

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close