Rain doesn’t dampen spirits as hundreds of runners and walkers take part in 2016 Spires & Steeples Challenge.
The weather may have not been on our side as heavy rain swept in for most of the morning and parts of the afternoon of this year’s Spires and Steeples Challenge which took place on Sunday 16 October. Not deterring participants, over 420 registered entries made 2016 the best year so far for Events Manager Donna Sutton who has been managing the Challenge now for 5 years.
“I’m very happy with this year’s numbers,” says Donna “we were aiming for 400 so to get over our target is a great achievement."
“We’ve been very lucky in previous years with the weather but it didn’t dampen the spirits of participants; if anything it made them more determined to finish!”
Participants had the option to take part in the 26 or 13 mile challenge which follows the Spires & Steeples Arts & Heritage Trail, an off road trail that follows way marked public footpaths and bridleways crossing open fields and countryside lanes, finishing at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford. Participants also had the option to run or walk which opens up the challenge to more people and to encourage them to get outside and enjoy the countryside.
This year’s event was captured by Andrew Scott of Lincoln in Photo who braved the elements to snap walkers and runners as they made their journey across the Lincolnshire countryside. Photos are available to view at https://andrewscott.smugmug.com/2016-Spires-and-Steeples-Chall.
The Challenge is in aid of WheelPower which provides sports wheelchairs, training and support to disabled people. Participants are also welcome to raise funds for their own respective charities.
“I want to say a huge thank you to our volunteers.” continues Donna “Without them the Challenge just wouldn’t happen; they give their time to help run this event and their wonderful enthusiasm is inspiration to us all.”
The Challenge may be over for another year but plans are already under for 2017 which is also the event’s 10th year anniversary.
For more information about the Challenge or to see how you can get involved as a volunteer, please contact the events manager, Donna Sutton on 01522 694353 or email Donna.Sutton@1life.co.uk.
For regular updates you can find the Challenge on Facebook by searching for The Spires and Steeples Challenge or by following them on Twitter @Spires_Steeples
Pictures supplied by Andrew Scott, copyright 2016.
Each month a dementia hub takes place in Metheringham for people living with dementia and their carers.
The activity hub which takes place on the second Tuesday of the month and is designed to offer stimulating activities for those living with dementia as well as offering the opportunity for carers to socialise and share information. Activities include painting, gardening and games such as new age kurling. Everyone is welcome including carers, family members and friends.
The hub currently attracts over 25 people each month which takes place St Wilfrids Church Hall in Metheringham.
“The activity hub is going really well.” Says Health & Wellbeing Manager Carly Togher. “It’s nice to see people return each month and enjoy the different activities we’re able to offer.”
“We’re always looking for new members to join the group, so if you know anyone who might be interested please get in touch. It’s free to attend and have a variety of different activities on offer as well as refreshments.”
The next activity hub will take place on Tuesday 8 November from 10am to 12pm at St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, 24 Church Lane, Metheringham, LN4 3HA. Parking is available at the Star and Garter pub on Princes Street, LN4 3BX and is just a short walk to the church hall.
For more information please contact Carly Togher, Health & Wellbeing Manager on 01522 870272 or email email@example.com.
Friday 28th October, 11am – 3pm, Bracebridge Heath Village Hall.
A free activity day at Bracebridge Heath Village Hall this half-term is encouraging people to be active, get creative and feel inspired to try something new.
The event is the final one in a series of NK Wellbeing Days organised by the Partnership NK Our Communities Group working with 1Life, with events earlier this year in North Kesteven villages, including Metheringham, Cranwell and Billinghay, having been enjoyed by a wide range of people.
At the Bracebridge Heath event try out a climbing wall provided by NK Outreach, have a taste of dance in the air with artsNK’s Aerial hoop, and get creative contributing to a giant stitched drawing (which was started at a Big Draw event at NCCD earlier this month). Visitors to the event will also be able to find out about a range of groups, services and activities in the area as well as upcoming events.
Please note climbing wall is weather dependent - for up to date information and more details please visit the Facebook page at:
All children aged 8 or under must be accompanied by an adult, all those aged 9 or over can self-register for the activities. Consent forms will be available on the day.
For more details telephone 07572 080716.
Plans are now well underway for the 5th annual Crackin’ Christmas Celebration taking place on Sunday 11 December from 10am to 4pm at the Natural World Centre, Whisby Nature Park.
Last year’s Christmas Market saw over 1,000 visitors with a variety of stalls for the public to see including arts & crafts, live entertainment, seasonal treats plus many others!
Event organisers are pleased to be once again working with the Country Crafts Association, an organisation dedicated to promoting the skills and excellence of local artists and crafters.
A superb chance to get into the festive spirit and find great gifts for all the family!
For more information please contact Donna Sutton on 01522 694353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre has been awarded Accredited Status by Arts Council England, the national development agency for arts and culture.
The Arts Council’s Accreditation Scheme sets out nationally agreed standards that inspire the confidence of the public, funding and governing bodies. It enables museums to assess their current performance, as well as supporting them to plan and develop their services to benefit visitors.
The Centre, owned by North Kesteven District Council, portrays the fascinating story of Royal Air Force College Cranwell - the first Military Air Academy in the world - from its early days as a Royal Naval Air Service base to the current day through artefacts, story boards, displays and exhibits. Interactive exhibits enable visitors to attempt to land a Jet Provost on the runway at RAF Cranwell before their fuel runs out.
Councillor Mrs Marion Brighton OBE, Leader of the council, said: “It is wonderful that Cranwell is now officially recognised as a museum and is superb timing with the 100-year anniversary of the Royal Air Force in 2018.
“It is something we have been working hard to achieve as we know how important the Centre is to our residents and visitors.
“We are proud of our district’s aviation links and it is important that there are venues like this for people to visit to find out more about our heritage and learn about it in interactive ways.
“Our heritage sites are an important component of the district’s wonderful tourism offer and are one of the many factors that meant more than 2.4 million people visited North Kesteven last year.
“We welcome as many people as possible to visit Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre.”
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “We are delighted to award Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre Accredited status.
“In the Midlands, we are fortunate to have an exceptional mix of museums on our doorstep, housing local histories and national treasures.
“Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre plays a vital part in celebrating the aviation and military heritage. Located in North Kesteven the collection is of both local and national importance.”
Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre is free to enter. It is open seven days a week from April 1 to 31 October, 10am to 4.30pm. During the winter, November 1 to March 31, it is open on Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm.
For more about heritage sites in the district please visit www.heartoflincs.com
'When in Sleaford...' - Arts and Heritage Trail is a series of 18 round, bronze artworks, or 'roundels', which will be sited in pavements and on walls around Sleaford, acting as way-markers to public artworks, places of interest and historic buildings in the town.
The artworks were designed by artist David Mackie who worked with local school children and residents on the proposals, including themes of local heritage, archaeology, architecture and natural history. David also worked with William Alvey School on creating a Memorial bronze plaque for Project 72, remembering the 72 young men from the school who died in WW1 and will be a special feature on the new trail. Here are some photos from the private viewing celebrating this wonderful new project with the artist, partners, funders, residents and pupils that have been involved.
All 18 roundels are on display at Navigation House, Sleaford until this end of the month; so make sure you pop in for a visit to see all 18 'roundels' together before they are installed at their final destination!
Saturday 22nd October, 12 Midday – 4pm
Welbourn Village Hall / St Chad’s Church / Welbourn Forge and other locations across the village.
A traditional harvest inspired event, or ‘Horkey’ will take place in the Lincolnshire village of Welbourn this weekend bringing residents and visitors together to celebrate the village’s rich agricultural history.
The event is taking place in a number of locations around the village: at the Village Hall, St Chad’s Church, Castle Hill, the Old Forge and at the location of the former Co-Operative Shop. The Horkey (a traditional name dating from the 16th Century applied to end of harvest celebrations) will tell the story of ‘seed to loaf’, as well as showcase some of the beautiful artworks created by the artists and local communities in response to Welbourn’s agricultural history and customs.
There will also be a display of historical agricultural tools and vintage threshing, bailing and milling machinery on Castle Hill (near to the Village Hall) whilst inside visitors can taste locally produced bread from the Shrub & Grub Bakery - a local, quality-focused artisan bakery in Thorpe Latimer, just south of Sleaford. Local residents will take part in their own ‘bake off’ style competition, and children are invited to enter their harvest themed artworks to be judged.
Danny Pedler and Rosie Butler-Hall will be performing a selection of melodic folk songs at intervals throughout the event.
Those interested in local history are invited to come along to the Ridges & Furrow’s pub quiz to be held ahead of the Horkey at The Joiner’s Arms, Welbourn on Thursday 20th October, 7.00pm.
The event is part of the Ridges & Furrows Arts & Heritage Trail project. Initiated by The NK Arts Partnership and supported by Heritage Lottery funding, Ridges & Furrows aims to explore and unearth the history and heritage of villages & towns in North Kesteven, and will ultimately result in a new arts & heritage trail linking the Terry O’Toole Theatre, North Hykeham, with the National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford.
For more information about the Welbourn Horkey and Ridges & Furrows visit:
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