Over 40 people were at the end of project Celebration event, held in Holbeach Hurn Village Hall, on Sunday, 26th November. They enjoyed a delicious lunch and admired the textile panels and paintings that had been created during the lifetime of the project.

8 panels created under the direction of Fiona Gurney


Kim Biggs playing her folk song about the Farrow family. She had learnt the story whilst on one of the cemetery trail
Chris Penney speaks after the delicious lunch


Chris Penney, Chairman, gave a resume of what had been achieved in the 18 month project,  that had been funded by the Heritage Lottery.

Professor David Stocker, from the Heritage Lottery and renowned for his expertise and experience with heritage sites,  spoke encouragingly with a great deal of praise about what had been achieved.  His inspiring speech  made  people realise  that our initiatives are seen as trail blazers for heritage sites in Lincolnshire.  He emphasised how important it is to engage with the local community and this is something that the project has achieved.

Trustees, Chairman, Treasurer and Professor David Stocker


Kim, who lives in Holbeach, was inspired by a Cemetery Trail, led by Linden Secker, and which  she attended in August. She heard the story of the Farrow family.

Kim composed a song called: MUSHROOM KETCHUP AND MUSTARD.  Joseph Farrow Senior developed a recipe in 1840 in Whaplode Drove for mushroom ketchup.  It became very popular, so that later they expanded to Farrow and Sons and produced tomato ketchup as well.  The song is told from Joseph Farrow’s point of view.

Kim was one of 8 contestants in the final  for this annual award.  The final was staged at the South Holland Centre in Spalding and was heard live on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.  Competition was tough but Kim’s entry was very much appreciated.

WELL DONE, KIM.  We hope it will be the first of many songs you compose about Victorians buried in the Cemetery.