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Peakirk Package Tour: paintings, pastries and pottery

Join West Deeping Heritage Group for a summer outing on Wednesday 7th August 2019. Meet at 2 p.m. outside the church or in the church porch if wet.

A guided tour of St Pega’s Church, including the medieval wall paintings, followed by a home-made tea, a tour of the historic village and finishing with the latest  excavation of a test pit by the Peakirk Archaeological Survey Team (PAST).

  • Church tour and refreshments: £6.
  • Village tour and archaeology: Voluntary donation towards Church roof Replacement Appeal
  • Parking alongside the village green or at the Village Hall, St Pega’s Road, opposite the Ruddy Duck Public House

Please email wdheritage@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01778 344768 to book your place by Friday 2nd August

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“I can do it” – on Weds 29th May!

“I can do it” is actually the title of Jackie Searl’s talk which follows West Deeping Heritage Group’s Annual General Meeting , on Wednesday evening – 29th May 2019, from 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start, at the Village Hall in King Street, West Deeping. (Refreshments as usual, but no entry charge for this meeting.)

Jackie will be picking out some of the highlights of her Open University course in History. She might inspire you to have a go and take your interest in history and heritage a bit further.

West Deeping Heritage Group’s committee members really hope you might say “I can do it” too!

We hope you will support the group by coming along to the AGM, hear how the last year has gone and perhaps be inspired to help run the group in the future.  Maggie Ashcroft, Liz Noble and Allan Crowson have been doing so for nine years and could really do with some fresh ideas and new energy!

We need

  • Committee members to help to arrange talks and plan projects
  • Someone to help with refreshments at our talks
  • Volunteers to help with village archives

If you would like to help but cannot come to the meeting, contact wdheritage@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

This month’s talk: Tuesday 30th April

Coppicing:

Stephanie Bradshaw and Andrea Togher are volunteers for Nene Coppicing and Crafts, carrying out conservation work and acquiring skills in greenwood crafts. They will give us a brief history of coppicing in general and some information on coppicing locally.

 Come and find out how it’s done and how the products are used!

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Charcoal burning looks like fun!

 

Tuesday 30th April 2019

7 pm for refreshments and 7.30 pm for the start of the talk, at the Village Hall, King Street, West Deeping PE6 9HP

£2.50 at the door, to include refreshments

WALK: the Stamford Canal: 10 am Saturday 18th May 2019

There’s an opportunity to join a guided walk,  starting from The Bertie Arms, Uffington, along part of the former course of the Stamford Canal, including privately-owned sections not normally open to the public, at the canal’s junction with the River Gwash and at Copthill.

Crayon Drawing of Stamford Canal at Uffington Bridge. A reconstruction by Nelson Dawson 1930s

Uffington Bridge

West Deeping Heritage Group supporters will remember the Heritage Lottery funded project of 2013, when several of us put in a lot of effort to research this historic navigation and raise awareness of its significance. We consulted the experts, created a photographic record of the remaining traces, gathered together copies of the scattered archives, installed interpretation boards, developed this website and published a walk leaflet for the West Deeping and Tallington section of the Stamford Canal. 

For everybody who sticks to the public footpath on the Uffington estate or missed the chance to investigate the Copthill section, here is the opportunity to explore, with the landowners’ permission.

It’s free for anybody who is on West Deeping Heritage Group’s contact list, as well as members of FRAG (Fane Road Archaeology Group).

Please register using the following link to the  FRAG website

Meet in the car park of The Bertie Arms, Uffington at 10 am. The walk will be a circular route of about 4 miles, stopping occasionally for a breather and some information about the history of the canal.  From Uffington Bridge, there is an option of making a diversion into the grounds of Copthill School, and a final visit  to the Bertie Arms for those who would like refreshment! Further details, if required,  from Maggie Ashcroft, West Deeping Heritage Group

 

“The flowers that bloom in the spring – tra la!”

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‘ Dr Hardy’ flamed

 

A very appropriate talk for the first day of spring – Wednesday 20th March: English Florists’ tulips! These are not any old flowers!

West Deeping Heritage Group is honoured to have as its speaker this month, Teresa Clements,  of the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society

Between 1750 and 1850, few towns of note in the north of England were without a tulip society.   Today only  the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society remains,  one of the oldest florists’ societies in Britain,

A ‘florist’ was the name given to a gentleman who grew flowers  for pleasure and for the entertainment of his guests. Traditional florists’ flowers included hyacinths, auriculas, pinks and ranunculus as well as tulips.   Seldom available for sale, with many named varieties now extinct, they are known for their remarkable ‘flames’ and ‘feathers,’ caused by infection with a virus, often by aphids.

7 p.m. for refreshments before the talk starts at 7.30 p.m.

at the Village Hall King Street, West Deeping. 

All welcome: £2.50 at the door (includes refreshments)

West Deeping’s newest arrivals

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Born only last week, Liz Noble’s Lincoln Longwool lambs are the latest additions to the flock. Come and hear Liz talk about the history of the breed and the part played in its revival by the late Frank Martin.

The story of Lincoln longwool sheep

Tuesday 19th February 2019 in the Village Hall, King Street, West Deeping.

  • Refreshments are available from 7 p.m. for a 7.30 p.m. start.
  • Everybody is welcome. Admission is £2.50 at the door.
  • Car parking is available behind the Village Hall but drivers should be aware that the entrance is narrow. Alternative parking at The Red Lion Public House, opposite the Village Hall.

 

Best wishes for Christmas

 

King St WD phone boxWith best wishes to all supporters of West Deeping Heritage Group for Christmas 2018 and for the New Year

The old empty telephone box in West Deeping has been bringing Christmas cheer to passers-by, especially when the sparkling lights come on at  dusk. It’s even helped to slow the traffic down along King Street as people take photographs!

Historic England has given our phone box a Grade 2 listing, so when British Telecom disconnected the payphone last year, it could not be removed.  It was agreed with the Parish Council that West Deeping Heritage Group would look after it.

It’s known as a ‘K6’ telephone box. The K6, one of the eight kiosk types introduced by the General Post Office between 1926 and 1983, was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the coronation of King George V in 1935.

West Deeping residents first put in a request for a public telephone at a Parish meeting in 1938. Despite several reminders to the post master, there was still no kiosk in 1942. The matter became urgent when the village Post Office was threatened with closure, which would have left the village without a telephone for public use.

The minutes for West Deeping Parish Council don’t say when our phone box was actually installed but it has probably been there for over 75 years. In 1987 it was proposed to replace it with a ‘modern’ glass version, but the Parish Council voted to keep the original one and have it listed as a ‘historic site’.

It was in frequent use over the years for both outgoing and incoming calls – on 01778 343109. (Has the number been re-allocated, we wonder!)

Who remembers having to carry 4d (old pennies) in case you needed to make a phone call? A Brownie or a Girl Guide wouldn’t pass inspection if she didn’t have the right money in her pocket! Does anyone still remember the procedure? (Once you’d put in the right coins and dialled the number, you waited to get connected before pressed Button A to speak, or Button B to disconnect and get your money back. The pips always went before you had finished the conversation!) Who, as a child, never passed a ‘phone box without pressing Button B to see if money had been left by the last caller? The cash box here was often broken into, until cards were introduced. Living opposite the phone box, the police called on several occasions to see if we had seen or heard anything!

Less and less callers used the public phone as mobile phones came into use. By 2017 use of payphones had declined, in the country as a whole, by 90%. When British Telecom proposed removal of many local payphones, the Parish Council had the option of buying our kiosk – for just £1! The Heritage Group saw their opportunity for a display space and offered to take on responsibility for refurbishing the phone box and putting it to use.

When we have got the approval of the Planning Department for our plans, we will have the door repaired, the inside fitted out with see-through display boxes and an information panel mounted where the telephone used to be. Watch this space! West Deeping no longer has a public ‘phone but it does still have plenty of heritage of which to be proud!