Category Archives: Our Events

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

“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.

 

Thatching – the art and craft

This month’s talk is tonight: Tuesday 20th November at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall, King Street. We look forward to hearing Graham Carter, master thatcher from Yaxley, Cambridgeshire,  speak about his craft and a lifetime’s experience of thatching all over the country. 

West Deeping has only two thatched cottages – one in King Street and one in The Lane, but it seems likely that in earlier years there were many more.

A search through the archives produced only a couple of references and a few photographs: in 1781 the accounts of the Overseer of the Poor recorded the sum of 12 shillings and 10 pence paid out for seven days work to  thatch the “Poor cottages” (now 54 – 56 King Street) and in 1864 the Rectory had a thatched stable with adjoining coach house.  Most of the old photographs of the village show tiled or slated rooves, but there are a few survivors

1971 Thatchers bill COPYA more recent archive, less than 50 years old, but nonetheless interesting, is dated 1971. The bill for thatching the cottage in King Street was £204.50 – (just over £2,800 by current values using the National Archives currency converter) .

Graham Carter is sure to be able to tell us about many interesting projects he has undertaken. Come along tonight – maybe you will find out what a ‘yealm’ is and how many go to make a bundle or what the difference is between a ‘leggett’ and an eave dresser!

All are welcome! Refreshments are served from 7 pm, included in the entry price of £2.50.

“Merrie England once more?” …a history of morris dancing

Tuesday 30th October is the date of West Deeping Heritage Group’s next meeting – not just a talk but a performance too!

Matt Simons  has been studying for his doctorate at De Montfort University, Leicester. His illustrated talk will provide a brief overview of the history of morris dancing in England, as well as an explanation of the various associated performances termed as ‘morris’.

To demonstrate, members of Peterborough Morris will perform a vignette of dances from Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.

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  • 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; there is no membership subscription.
  • 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 may be available at The Red Lion Public House, opposite the Village Hall.