Lincolnshire Day celebrations at Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall

by | 30 September 2017 | Community Event, Gainsborough

To celebrate Lincolnshire Day, on Sunday 1st October, three local organisations: the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology; the Kirton in Lindsey Society and the Kirton in Lindsey Diamond Jubilee Town Hall are organising a day of displays, bookstalls, talks, walks, family events and activities all with a history and heritage theme.

Come to Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall from 10.00am to 4.00pm and browse the stalls, do some heritage crafting, listen to an aspect of our fascinating local history, or take a guided walk around Kirton to discover a town whose story goes back to before the Domesday Book.

There will also be Lincolnshire sourced refreshments including Ploughmans, hot dogs, plum bread and a raffle for a Lincolnshire themed food hamper. Entry is free but there will be a small charge for some activities to help cover costs.

Talks, Walk, Music and Song
The cost is £2.00 for each event.

  • Talk One — 10.30am — Early 20th Century Life along the Foss Canal — Photographs from the John Wilson Collection take you on a boat trip in the early 20th century along England’s oldest canal. Presented by Chris Hewis
  • Talk Two — 11.45am The Life and Death of Pingley Prisoner of War Camp — A look at the development, re-use and demise of Pingley Prisoner of War Camp including real life stories of those who farmed, lived and worked there. Presented by Pat Horton
  • Talk Three — 1.15pm — A Warning to the Curious: the excavation of the Cleatham Anglo-Saxon cemetery. This award-winning talk by Kevin Leahy explains how he found one of the most important burial sites in Europe and its implications for our understanding of the Anglo-Saxons. Presented by Dr Kevin Leahy
  • Talk Four — 2.30pm Lincolnshire Folklore, Music and Song — Discover the history and traditions associated with the Lincolnshire Farming Year through a presentation including music and song. Presented by Tom Lane, Nigel Creasey and Teri Clarke
  • Guided Walk — 1.30pm Kirton in Lindsey Heritage Walk — A two-hour exploration of this ancient town looking at historic sites and their stories. (Kirton is on a fairly steep hill so reasonable mobility is required.) Led by Martin Hollingsworth

Places for all these events are limited — please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Contact Kathy Holland on 01522 521337 or Mary Hollingsworth on 01652 648435 or or a booking form can be accessed on the Town Hall website.

Also at Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall during October is:

‘The Big Sing’ with the Singing for Pleasure Choir
Tuesday 3rd October, 7.00pm
The Singing for Pleasure Choir love singing (as the name suggests!) and love performing their concerts in the Town Hall at Kirton in Lindsey. The audience also seem to like joining in so this is an opportunity to come along and sing just for the fun of it. You don’t have to be able to read music or sing in a formal way, it’s much more about making noise and enjoying exercising those lungs! Wherever you sing now — the shower, the football stadium, the car; this is an opportunity do it with others in a friendly, informal setting with no pressure to perform. Singing is supposed to release endorphins (the body’s natural feel-good hormones) and help with hearing problems so come along and give it a try. Entrance is free with refreshments and bar available. If you want more information, contact Jenny Cripps on 07902 010898 or just come along on the night.

Local artists On Show
Friday 6th October, 5.00pm to 9.00pm and Saturday 7th October, 9.30am to 3.00pm
The Town Hall is ‘going arty’ again for its 6th annual Art Exhibition. The exhibition will showcase a range of artistic techniques including painting, pottery, textiles and glass craft and there will be opportunities to buy. Local artists, and some from further afield, display up to four paintings in any medium. Each year has been a bit different, with some regular exhibitors and some new ones each time. The standard is very high and we get quite a few sales.
Admission is free, catalogues are £1.00 and all proceeds go to support the Town Hall charity. Refreshments available throughout. The Town Hall itself will also be open and there will be a chance to look round and view the latest display in the Heritage Room. If you are an artist, and would like to know more about exhibiting, there is still time to be part of the event so contact Pat for more information on

Eco-Printing Natural Dye Workshop
Saturday 14th October, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Tutor Joelle Harris will be welcomed back for another craft workshop which is likely to prove popular. Eco-Print is the environmentally friendly way to create prints on fabric, using flowers and leaves, Joelle will show you how to achieve beautiful prints and help you choose leaves and petals to create your own printed samples on linen, cotton and silk as well as a beautiful fair-trade cotton scarf for you to take home. The cost is £35.00. Booking is essential so contact Sharron on 07752 246255 or to reserve your place.

Small Town Supper Club
Sunday 15th October, 7.00pm
An exciting new development at the Town Hall. Think dinner party meets boutique restaurant! A unique dining experience in the heart of the community. All supper club tickets include: canapes and cocktails on arrival; three course meal; three free drinks; coffee and homemade truffles to finish (special diets can be catered for if known in advance). Tickets cost £28.00 (maximum number of 20 to25 people so book early if interested to avoid disappointment). For more details contact Catherine Wilson at or follow the club on Facebook ‘The Small Town Supper Club’.