The Voice this week, 7th November, included an article about the planning permission which we are seeking for the refurbishment of the Chapels. Only time will tell if our plans are accepted but this is the exciting next step. Then we have to apply to the Lottery again for funding, and raise a matched amount for ourselves. Its a big job but with support from the community we shall be able to make these beautiful buildings into something useful for everyone again instead of watching them fall into disrepair. More volunteers are always welcome, as are new ideas for fundraising and participation events.
This project was lead by Fiona Gurney of Box of Frogs. A small group worked on it through the winter of 2017/18. Fiona painted the canvas backing and then the group added patchwork and a border. As usual under her guidance a brilliant piece of work grew out of all sorts of tiny fabric pieces. The completed work hangs in the Reading Rooms in Holbeach for all hall-users to see.
There will be another project with Fiona, probably in 2020. News about the upcoming work will be shared later in the year.
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.
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.
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.
During the morning the Survey Team had worked hard to start their plotting and calculations of the next section of the positions of graves, from the Chapels towards Edinburgh Walk.
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.