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.

Future talks

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Tuesday 30th April 2019

Stephanie Bradshaw and Andrea Togher, volunteers for around seven years for Nene Coppicing and Crafts and its predecessor, talk about Coppicing.

Coppicing is a traditional, sustainable and productive form of woodland management- Stephanie and Andrea will present a brief history of coppicing in general and some information on coppicing locally. Skills in the greenwood crafts associated with coppicing range from charcoal burning to chair making.

Wednesday 29th May: Annual General Meeting  

– with an added extra: “I can do it!” Jackie Searl speaks about her experience of being an Open University History student.

The Agenda will be posted and circulated by email to all supporters who have registered their interest.  As stated in the constitution, 3 years ago, this year there will be an opportunity to replace the current organising committee! As a minimum, we need a chairperson and a treasurer. We currently have two other committee members but we can have as many as we like. Please contact the Chairperson if you would like to nominate yourself as a member of the committee. We meet 3 or 4 times a year to discuss the future programme and on-going projects involving local heritage.

Tuesday 24th September 2019

The History of bulb-growing in East Anglia could hardly be presented by anyone more knowledgeable and closely involved in its history than Johnny Walkers. 

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Johnny Walker holds ‘Tamara’ daffodils. Photograph: Sophia Evans for the Guardian

His  Dutch parents were bulb-growers who came to England in the 1930s and, stranded by war, moved to the appropriately named South Holland district of Lincolnshire where they joined many other small-scale commercial nurseries who found the flat, fertile soil ideal for bulb-growing.  Much of his knowledge of bulb-growing was picked up working  in their nursery as a boy.  After joining a local bulb co-operative as quality manager, he set up Walkers Bulbs in 1986. Many old varieties had been lost during the second world war, when daffodil growers were forced to plough up fields and grow food, but enough survived for Walkers to track them down and offer them alongside  new introductions.

Information from an article in The Guardian 17th March 2018

Tuesday 22nd October 2019: Longcase clockHistory of English clocks

Iain Stowe has taken up the repair and maintenance of clocks in his spare time, involving considerable research, mainly on domestic longcase clocks, their mechanisms and famous makers. Sundials and church clocks also come into the story. A “timely” subject just before the clocks go back on the 27th October!

Rare Rocking ship automata longcase clock by Peatling of Boston

sold for £5,450 in September 2018

Wednesday 20th November 2019: Prehistoric Settlement in the Welland Valley

Stowe Farm

The Welland valley was a focus for prehistoric settlement, as is being discovered by archaeological excavations in advance of gravel extraction –  which then removes all traces.

Andrew Hatton (known as Bob) was involved with the 1990s excavation at Stowe Farm near Greatford. More recently, as part of his research for an M.Phil. at Sheffield University, he has analysed the different phases of settlement to be found on the site and completed a review of Bronze Age field systems located along the Welland Valley, including the Rectory Farm site at West Deeping. The aim of the research was not only to record and interpret the archaeology but to place the site at Stowe Farm in a local and regional context. Previously Archaeology Supervisor for Cambridgeshire County Council’s Archaeology Field Unit, Bob is now a lecturer and Coordinator for Archaeology and Landscape History at the University Centre, Peterborough

Tuesday 21st January 2020:

Talking Machines – the history of recorded sounds

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Colin Ray gives an illustrated talk which looks at the origin and development of  recorded sound and early methods of playing both cylinder and disc records on phonographs and gramophones.  He will bring along machines dating from 1903-1933 to demonstrate music contemporary with the machines.

Tuesday 25th February 2020

Dr Avril Lumley Prior: Title to be confirmed

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Pease, Puter and Piggs: a Lincolnshire village in the 16th and 17th centuries

1679 John Corney Inventory

Inventory of John Corney of West Deeping 1679

David Mainwaring of Morton has studied hundreds of inventories and wills to build up a picture of a Lincolnshire village during the Tudor and Stuart period.

These  detailed lists of household furnishings and equipment, tradesmen’s tools and goods, even farmers’ crops and livestock – were made at the time of death, but give an intimate glimpse of everyday life.

(There is one such inventory in Lincolnshire Archives for John Corney, Gentleman, of West Deeping, who died in 1679. It lists the contents of each room in the house, thought to be West Deeping Manor – including the brewhouse where there were “a brewing copper, cooler tubs, an elting trough and a pair of quernes” and the yard and stables where there were besides a waggon and plough, “twelve neate beasts, four swine. three mares, one gelding a filly and a foal and fourteen sheep”. )

Wednesday 15th April 2020

Strangers in Thorney

Dorothy Halfhide and Margaret Fletcher, of Thorney Society, talk about why an unusual group of agriculturalists came to be invited to settle in a small village on the edge of the fens in the 17th century, their influence on the landscape, their families and their struggles.

Our events are listed on

 Browse through the list of previous talks

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