Programme

West Deeping Heritage Group has an annual programme of talks over the autumn, winter and spring months, finishing with an Annual General Meeting in March or April.

  • Our talks are normally held in the Village Hall, King Street, West Deeping.
  • Refreshments are available from 7 p.m. for a 7.30 p.m. start.
  • We vary the day of the week but our meetings are usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • 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 at The Red Lion Public House, opposite the Village Hall.

September 2018 to Spring 2019

Our programme starts off with something special!

Tuesday 25th September 10 am to 4 pm

Rectory Farm Archaeology Day

Thanks to Breedon West Deeping Quarry and PCAS Archaeology Ltd , West Deeping Heritage Group invites everyone to an exhibition in the Village Hall about the Rectory Farm archaeological investigations, on Stamford Road, West Deeping

Look round the display and see examples of the finds, before taking a minibus trip to visit the site itself – at 10.30, 12.00, 1.30 and 3.00

(Please wear appropriate footwear. Hard hats and high visibility jackets provided)

West Deeping Heritage Group visit to Rectory Farm excavation site 2011

followed at 7.30 pm by West Deeping Heritage Group’s first talk of the season

Simon Savage of PCAS Archaeology Ltd: “Fresh from the Fields: an archaeological update from the Rectory Farm site at West Deeping”

It was 6 years ago that we last heard from the archaeologists about the extensive multi-period landscape in the fields to the north of the village, which has been progressively surveyed and excavated since the 1990s. This important site has revealed evidence of settlement and land use dating from the Neolithic period, including a late Bronze age co-axial field system, Iron age enclosures and a Roman British villa with a bath house

Tuesday 30th October: “Merrie England once more?” an illustrated history of the morris in England 1448 – 2018

Matt Simons, Doctoral Research Student, De Montfort University, Leicester with performances by Peterborough Morris

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Morris dancers on the Thames at Richmond c. 1640 Detail from “The Thames at Richmond with the old Royal Palace” in the Fitzwilliam Museum

While its true origins are unknown, and perhaps ultimately unknowable, morris dancing in England has a documented history dating back to 1448, when it was  common in courtly entertainments. Throughout the following centuries, the morris infiltrated civic processions, church ales and whitsuntide festivals. Contemporary morris is largely based on the work of 20th-century revivalists, who collected fragments from dancers and musicians, themselves mostly aged individuals whose dancing days had not survived long after the death of Queen Victoria.

This 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’. Peterborough Morris will perform a vignette of dances from Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.


Tuesday 20th November 2018

Graham Carter, master thatcher from Yaxley, Cambridgeshire,  speaks about his craft

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Tuesday 19th February 2019

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Liz Noble of West Deeping has her own small flock of Lincoln Longwool sheep  and a wealth of specialist knowledge of the history of this rare breed.

Said to have been introduced to Britain by the Romans, it is a hardy breed suited to dry and cold conditions and less prone to foot-rot than many others. With a heavier fleece than others, the Lincoln sheep contributed to Lincolnshire’s reputation as a wool producing area from medieval times onwards. By the early 2oth century Lincolns were in great demand by countries such as Argentina, New Zealand and Australia to improve and develop new breeds, but changing demands in farming and the economy put the breed in jeopardy after World War II. The export market had collapsed, and by the 1970s the breed had reached an all time low and were on the brink of extinction.

Wednesday, 20th March 2019

Teresa Clements of the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society, the only remaining florist’s society specialising in tulips,  talks about their history, cultivation and showing.

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Logo of the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society

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You might also want to hear talks presented for our neighbouring Heritage group

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  • Deepings Heritage hold their meetings at the Deepings Academy, Deeping St James at 7.30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month from September to May. Admission is £2 for visitors, £1 for members. 
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