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CELEBRATION EVENT

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
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KIM BIGGS GAINS 2ND PLACE IN BBC RADIO SONGS FOR LINCOLNSHIRE AWARD

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.

 

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TESCO BAGS OF HELP

MORE GOOD NEWS – Holbeach Cemetery Chapels Trust has been chosen as one of the local charities to benefit from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative during November and December.

We hope you will support our cause which is to encourage respect for a beautiful and dignified area in Holbeach, by promoting cemetery trails and educational opportunities for all ages who have an interest in their heritage.

We need to secure funds for 2018 to ensure we can sustain the initiatives we have encouraged and supported for the past 18 months with Heritage Lottery Funding.  The Trustees remain determined to achieve their long term vision of refurbishing and renovating these splendid buildings, so that they may be sensitively and appropriately used and admired for many years to come.

Please support us by putting the blue tokens in our box at Holbeach Tesco store for the next two months.

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WINNERS OF FLORA MURRAY AWARD

The FLORA MURRAY AWARDS  for 2016 were presented at the Annual General Meeting at the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology on 21st October 2017.

16 Heritage projects were submitted.  4 projects were given Certificates for Excellence, but the overall winner was HOLBEACH CEMETERY CHAPELS TRUST –  a magnificent outcome which everyone who has contributed and participated in over the lifetime of the project should feel very proud.  Thank you to everyone who has been involved in any way.

A Certificate and £200 was presented to our Chairman, Chris Penney, at the ceremony.

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ACT OF REMEMBRANCE

On Sunday, 5th November the Holbeach Cemetery Chapels Group  shared a special Act of Remembrance with Royal British Legion members, Army Cadets and members of the public,  for all those who died in two World Wars and who are either buried or remembered in the Holbeach Cemetery.

The Royal British Legion led a Service of Remembrance.  About 40 people attended the service.

Poppies were placed by all the War graves.    Patrick Halford gave a brief summary of the person’s life and contribution to the wars.

Light refreshments were served in the South Chapel after the event.

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CEMETERY TRAIL FOR SOUTH LINCS WALKING FESTIVAL

SATURDAY, 7th OCTOBER

Another opportunity to go on one of the popular Cemetery Trails – this one being part of the South Lincolnshire Walking Festival, organised by Heritage Lincolnshire.

This will be a fairly short walk over level ground and suitable for all age groups.  It starts at the Chapels at 14.00 and will last about an hour.

Light refreshments will be available after the walk and a chance to talk to the Trustees about the project and the next stages in securing funding to refurbish the Chapels.

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Spring Summer 2017 Newsletter

See what we’ve been up to these last few months:

2017 HCCT Spring Summer Newsletter

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HERITAGE OPEN DAY: SATURDAY, 9th SEPTEMBER

THIS IS AN OPEN DAY NOT TO BE MISSED – whether you have visited the Chapels before or whether it will be a first visit, the Trustees promise it will be a very special occasion.

TEXTILE PROJECT EXHIBITION – this will be the first opportunity to view  all eight of the incredibly beautiful panels that have  been created by over 20 local volunteers and many local schoolchildren, led by Fiona Gurney.  It will help people to understand how spectacular the Chapels could look if refurbished, so that the panels may have a permanent home.

CEMETERY TRAILS – once again led by Linden Secker from        11.00 a.m. – 12.00      OR         2.00 – 3.00 p.m.                                                   The theme for the trails will be : POACHERS! WORKHOUSE INMATES! UNNATURAL DEATHS!                                                                    This will reflect the theme chosen for the Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days this year:  Freedom, Justice, Equality

FILM OF THE HISTORY OF HOLBEACH – A superb 10 minute film made by sixth form pupil, Jack Elms, as part of his BTEC Media course at University Academy Holbeach.

Come at any time between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to meet the Trustees and Project Administrator.

We hope you will come and share your views about:  the future of the Chapels; our aim to secure further funding to refurbish them; what has been on offer in terms of workshops, events and open days during the past year thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding.

Light refreshments will be available.  We look forward to seeing you.

 

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OPEN DAY: CEMETERY TRAILS, EXHIBITION and GRAVEYARD SURVEY: 12th AUGUST

SATURDAY 12th AUGUST    10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

About 50 people enjoyed a visit to  the Holbeach Cemetery Chapels during the day  exploring this beautiful heritage area in a variety of ways

Cemetery Trails were led by Linden Secker from 11.00 a.m. – 12.00  and 2.00 p.m. – 3.00.

Young people enjoy finding out about the Graveyard Survey

The Graveyard Survey team  shared their expertise, showing several of the visitors, including some children, how they plot the graveyard.

Exhibition of art work was  viewed and very much appreciated.

Trustees were on hand to answer any questions about the future plans for the Chapels and it is an opportunity for you to give your views.

Light refreshments were available all day.