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HERITAGE SKILLS COURSES: STONE CARVING & STAINED GLASS CREATIONS

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

Festive Decorations 

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

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OPEN AFTERNOON TO LAUNCH ‘LAST 100 DAYS’ EXHIBITION

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.

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PLANNED SUMMER ACTIVITIES

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:

 

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STAINED GLASS WORKSHOP FOR 6th form students at UAH

7 Art students at University Academy Holbeach enjoyed an afternoon learning how to create a stained glass decoration, using the Copper Foil technique.

The workshop, facilitated by Gillian and David Wing of Strawberry Glass, was funded by Tesco Bags of Help.  It was another project, organised by Holbeach Cemetery Chapels Trustees, that helps young people understand the importance of heritage and gives them the opportunity of learning different skills.

Learning how to copper foil
Creating a shape with glass pieces

 

 

 

 

 

Soldering the copper foil

 

Finished products

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HERITAGE SKILLS WORKSHOP FOR PUPILS AT WILLIAM STUKELEY PRIMARY

Thirty Y5 and Y6 pupils at William Stukeley Church of England Primary School took part in a  Heritage Skills Workshop, led by Jim Snee from Heritage Lincolnshire.  The three day event began at the Chapels, whsre pupils learnt about the history of them and studied the architecture and why buildings change and can decay over time.

Whilst at the Chapels they also visited a number of gravestones and learnt about the lives of some of the people buried in the cemetery.

They were fascinated to discover ‘Tommy’                                                                                                      the statuette standing guard over WW1 graves.

 

 

 

 

Back at school they enjoyed some interesting discussions about why heritage should be respected and restored, but finding new ways of using the buildings.  In small groups they created mind maps for their ideas which will go on display in the Chapels.

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CHILDREN’S ARTS WORKSHOP IS A GREAT SUCCESS

Thanks to TESCO BAGS OF HELP FUNDING the Arts Workshop for children on 24th July was a great success.

The Workshop was prepared and led by ALISTAIR RUSKIN, Head of Art at University Academy Holbeach. Time was spent giving the children, aged 5 – 14, opportunities to think about what they were  seeing and how to draw this on paper.  Children had to observe closely the differently shaped gravestones and the gargoyle type faces on the Chapels.

An area of the cemetery was explored and children took photos of particular areas that they liked, including some of ‘Tommy’. They also learnt something of the history of the Chapels and about the lives of people who had lived in Holbeach over 50 years ago.

 

 

After lunch and at UAH they learnt different ways of using the photos to create interesting pictures, including making prints, indenting pieces of polystyrene and covering this with printer ink.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, they made clay models based on the gargoyle type faces they had seen on the walls of the Chapels.

 

 

 

 

 

The younger children were helped by  four past and present 6th form pupils who study art at UAH. All agreed it had been a really enjoyable day.  Examples of their work will be seen on HERITAGE OPEN DAY, 8th SEPTEMBER.

 

 

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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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PAINTING WORKSHOP 18th JULY

 ‘CALLING ALL PAINTERS’

WEDNESDAY, 18th JULY   10.00 a.m.

A PAINTING DAY AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXHIBIT  YOUR PAINTINGS

COST: £20 per person                         (part funded by  NATIONAL LOTTERY AWARDS FOR ALL)

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter, come and enjoy painting in this beautiful, quiet area       

                               TUTOR: PHIL BIGGS will be on hand to guide you   or offer advice on watercolour painting                                                                                                       VENUE:   Holbeach Cemetery Chapels, Park Road,   Holbeach,      PE12 7EE           

     TO BOOK A PLACE:      E MAIL                                                                                                                                                                                                                 or phone/text Gill Graper:    07944 248851

Results achieved at last year’s Painting Day

EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS ON HERITAGE  OPEN DAY:                                                      SATURDAY, 8th SEPTEMBER

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ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL OPEN DAY 7th JULY

Visitors showed interest in future plans and activities for the Chapels.

IT WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE ‘TOMMY’ who is standing  guard by one the WW1 graves.     Maps are available to show where he will be placed as this changes on a regular basis                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

CEMETERY TRAIL LED BY LINDEN SECKER AND MIKE BRETT

TRAIL LEAFLETS HAVE NOW BEEN PRODUCED  — you can come at any time to follow a trail using a map, way markers and information about the fascinating lives of people buried in the cemetery.  These will be available at the Holbeach Library and the Parish Offices.

DISPLAYS OF WORK SHOWED WHAT  HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT BY THE GRAVEYARD SURVEY TEAM AND A SAMPLE OF THE VAST NUMBER OF BIOGRAPHIES COLLECTED BY THE RESEARCH TEAM.

 

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting for Holbeach Cemetery Chapels Trust will be held on WEDNESDAY, 6th JUNE at 7.00 p.m. in the READING ROOMS, CHURCH STREET, HOLBEACH.

All interested parties are invited to this meeting, when there will be an opportunity to ask questions about the future plans for the Chapels.