10 people thoroughly enjoyed the Stained Glass Workshop, led by Gillian and David Wing, on 4th November. Some exquisite Christmas decorations were made. The event was made possible through Awards for All funding..
This special Cemetery Trail honoured in particular the 31 fallen Holbeach soldiers from World War 1 who are buried or commemorated in the Cemetery.
At each grave there was a brief description of the fallen and a Memorial Cross placed by the grave.
The Trail started at 2.00 p.m., and the Chapels were open from mid-day so that more time was given to seeing the LAST 100 DAYS EXHIBITION.
There was an opportunity to find TOMMY – the evocative silhouette that stands guard over each grave in turn. A second TOMMY has now been purchased, thanks to the generosity of many local people in raising the necessary funds.
This is a new venture. so do come along and support it. There will be a variety of craft stalls in the Chapels, selling a good range of items from 11.00 a.m – 4.00 p.m.
Also spend a little time wandering round the cemetery and making use of the new CEMETERY TRAIL LEAFLETS.
Members of the Research Team will be on hand to help you find information about your ancestors.
Light refreshments will also be available throughout the day.
A chance to enjoy a gentle stroll around HOLBEACH CEMETERY, PARK ROAD, and learn something about the interesting lives of people buried here. As always the research team has sourced some fascinating stories to share with the people who come on this trail.
Walk will start from the Chapels at about 2.00 p.m.
The excellent exhibition about soldiers who participated in World War 1 and are commemorated here, may also be viewed.
Light refreshments will be served after the walk.
DO COME AND JOIN US FOR THIS ANNUAL EVENT ON SATURDAY, 6th OCTOBER.
Following the very successful Textile project, led by Fiona Gurney last year, the Trustees are delighted to offer another creative project that will be planned and developed with Fiona’s guidance. It is hoped that members of the original group will wish to meet again and be involved with the project. Newcomers will also be most welcome.
Diamond window panes will be made using fabric that prompts memories, supplied by all participants. There will be a few sessions, during October and November, in the Reading Rooms, Holbeach to discuss and plan the work. Participants will then work on sections at home, using recycled fabrics, outgrown clothes, scraps from your mending box, battered overalls – anything will be considered!
It is hoped that the finished creation will hang on one of the windows in the Chapels.
The stunning results of last year’s project are now hanging proudly in the entrance hallway of AYSCOUGHFEE HALL, SPALDING.
If you are interested in becoming involved please contact: JENNY WORTH on 01406 422319 or
This initiative is being funded by AWARDS FOR ALL LOTTERY FUNDING.
Once again the Trustees are delighted to join hundreds of other heritage sites in hosting an OPEN DAY on SATURDAY 8th SEPTEMBER from 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
The theme this year is ‘PICTURING THE PAST’ . There will be a number of displays created by both children and adults:
YEAR 5 CHILDREN FROM WILLIAM STUKELEY – exhibits developed during their 3 day Heritage Skills Workshop in July.
ART WORK created by children who attended the ARTS WORKSHOP in JULY.
Last 100 Days’ Exhibition to commemorate those who fought and those who died in WORLD WAR 1. – also will you be able to find where ‘TOMMY’ is?
A selection of paintings and photos reflecting on the Chapels and Holbeach.
CEMETERY TRAIL AT 2.00 p.m.
There will also be an opportunity to discuss the future plans for the Chapels.
Due to popular demand the Trustees are delighted to offer two one day courses again that proved to be very popular and oversubscribed last year.
STONE CARVING COURSE with ALAN MICKLETHWAITE, a renowned stone mason who has worked on a project at Lindisfarne this year. Participants will learn the techniques of stone carving that will enable them to produce a beautiful artefact during the day. This course will be held at UNIVERSITY ACADEMY HOLBEACH ON SATURDAY 13th OCTOBER, 2018
STAINED GLASS WORKSHOP delivered by Gillian and David Wing of Strawberry Glass
This fun and practical workshop is a perfect introduction to stained glass work. You will learn the traditional skills of cutting glass, copper foiling and soldering in a relaxed environment with plenty of individual attention. At the end of the workshop you will have two or three unique Festive Decorations created in colourful stained glass to take home with you.
Times – 10.00am to 4.00pm
This course will be held at the READING ROOMS, CHURCH STREET, HOLBEACH on SUNDAY, 4th NOVEMBER, 2018.
The courses are part funded by Awards for All , so participants will only have to pay £20 which pays for the basic materials used.
Places are limited for both these courses so apply soon by sending an e mail to: or texting / phoning: 07944 248851
On SUNDAY, 12th AUGUST, there was an Open Afternoon, from 2.00 – 4.00 p.m., at the Chapels with a Cemetery Trail, exploring the various graves that commemorate those who died during WW1 or as a result of injuries sustained during WW1. An EXHIBITION has been mounted, full of fascinating facts and stories that should not be forgotten. The Cemetery Trail, led by Ken Smith, was very much appreciated.
LAST 100 DAYS is a national initiative to focus on the final days of World War 1 and allow people to reflect and commemorate the people who sacrificed so much from 1914 – 1918. Several people came especially to see the exhibition and talked about their family histories of ancestors who fought in WW1.
Because of the importance of this exhibition it is hoped to open the Chapels once a week, on Thursday afternoon, from 23rd August until REMEMBRANCE DAY, to allow as many people to visit and pay their respects. In particular the Trustees hope that a great deal of information will be shared during this period about what life was like in Holbeach one hundred years ago.
GOOD NEWS! HCCT has been given some AWARDS FOR ALL FUNDING, to go alongside the TESCO BAGS OF HELP FUNDING, to ensure we can continue with a programme of activities, until we can put forward a bid to Heritage Lottery Funding for refurbishment of Chapels.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANY OF THESE EVENTS – FOR SOME PRE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL – PLEASE E MAIL
or phone / text 07944 248851
This summer we are planning
TEXTILE PANEL DISPLAY AT AYSCOUGHFEE – This can be viewed in the main hallway at Ayscoughfee every day when open
OPEN AFTERNOON – to launch LAST 100 DAYS EXHIBITION on SUNDAY, 12th AUGUST
HERITAGE OPEN DAY on SATURDAY 8th SEPTEMBER 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
SOUTH LINCS WALKING FESTIVAL – a gentle stroll around the Cemetery, and interspersed with some fascinating stories – SATURDAY, 6th OCTOBER 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.
STONE CARVING COURSE SATURDAY, 13th OCTOBER – in UNIVERSITY ACADEMY HOLBEACH COST: £20 – THIS EVENT IS BEING SUPPORTED BY AWARDS FOR ALL FUNDING
STAINED GLASS WORKSHOP SUNDAY, 4th NOVEMBER in the READING ROOMS, HOLBEACH – £20 – THIS EVENTS IS BEING SUPPORTED BY AWARDS FOR ALL FUNDING
To apply for places on courses / workshops please e mail: