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TEXTILE PANELS ON DISPLAY AT AYSCOUGHFEE

The 8 magnificent panels created by over 20 adults and 50 schoolchildren are now on display at Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding  until September.  Fiona Gurney guided and helped the participants to create a very special work of art.  It is hoped that in the not too distant future they will be hanging in refurbished Chapels,

The official opening at Ayscoughfee Hall took place on SATURDAY, 30th JUNE 

We hope that many will come to view this stunning artistic creation that reflects the beauty and dignity of many facets of the cemetery and the Victorian Chapels in Holbeach.

 

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OPEN DAY 22nd APRIL

A very successful day with over 60 people visiting the Chapels, many of them going on the fascinating Cemetery Trail, led by Linden Secker.  The winners of the Photography Competition were announced and visitors could view a display of the 11 winning and highly commended entries.

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Rebecca Craggs and James Tye (6th form students at UAH) – first and second place winners in 12 – 18 group

 

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STAINED GLASS WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

8  6th form students and a staff member of the Art Department at University Academy Holbeach attended an afternoon’s workshop, led by Gillian and David Wing of Strawberry Glass.  They learnt about the traditional skills of stained glass making using the copper-foil method, made famous by Louis Tiffany during the early part of the 20th century. The event was organised by HCCT and funded by Heritage Lottery.

Comments made by the students:    ‘ I enjoyed fitting the glass pieces together and then soldering them to create my final                                                                                                            outcome.’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ‘ I think it has taught me new skills that will support my future studies.’                                                                                                                                       ‘It was very interactive and I think it was fantastic.’

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Cemetery Trail: Sunday 26th February 2017

The Holbeach Cemetery Chapels Trust, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, hosted a cemetery trail on Sunday 26th February 2017.  Linden Secker, a member of the Holbeach Cemetery Research Group, and Jenny Worth, one of the Trustees,  conducted a leisurely stroll around the cemetery grounds.  The themed walk  used biographical information that had been researched by the group.  Graves were visited of people who had died in mysterious, violent or tragic circumstances.  Particularly poignant were the stories of children who had died and those people who had taken their own lives.  The information offered a fascinating insight into the lives of Victorian people.  Following the walk,  refreshments were served in the chapels and the 30 people  who attended were able to see some displays of recently researched information, as well as finding out more about the long term aims of the Holbeach Cemetery Chapels Trustees and Committee.

What was said:      It will inspire us to keep learning more  ………..help me to think about organising our own tour.                                                                         I have learnt how much more there is to a graveyard than just the gravestones .                                                                                                          So much excellent research work is going on – this afternoon’s trail was a triumph.

Further trails will be offered during 2017.