Archive for June, 2011

19th century stained glass windows in St Pauls church at Morton was made by Burne-Jones and created in the William Morris studios.Lincolnshire County Council, the Diocese of Lincoln and Nottinghamshire County Council are working together to offer people in Trent Vale the chance to get involved in understanding more about the fabric of their parish churches, how art is used in churches, and to create their own church-inspitred artworks.

We are offering two taster days this summer, with experts on church architecture and artists who specialise in painting, ceramics, masonry, stained glass and photography. The events will inspire people to enjoy and appreciate the art and architecture that their own parish churches have to offer.

Following the taster days, communities will be offered the chance to work with one of the specialists over a weekend in their own parish church to create their own artworks.

26 August 10am to 4pm St Pauls, Morton, Lincs will be the date of the first taster day. The second is to be held in Nottinghamshire in September (date and place to be confirmed).

Lunch will be provided. In the first part of the morning experts in church architecture will talk about how to read your parish church. In the second part of the morning there will be a talk from an expert on sacred art in churches. The afternoon will feature artists who specialise in painting, ceramics, masonry, stained glass and photography. They will have some of their work on display and will give 20 minutes talks on their specialism. This will be an opportunity for the artists to enthuse participants about their art-form. There will also be stalls with experts and information on other projects and topics relating to churches and art. If you would like to book a place on the Lincolnshire taster day please contact Sarah Grundy on 01522 553109 or sarah.grundy@lincolnshire.gov.uk


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WW2 gun pivot at Cromwell LockCalling for any information about this gun point at Cromwell.

A member of public, who obviously knew a great deal about this gun pivot, once alerted the lock keeper to its history. Unfortunately that person didn’t leave any contact details.

What we think we know is that the metal pin fixed to the ground is the pivot for a gun (possibly a semi-automatic machine gun). It’s likely to have been manned by either the home guard or the women’s auxiliaries during Britain’s wartime defence (the thinking being that the enemy could come up the River Trent and or other significant navigations so a series of defences were installed). We also believe that the nearby brick building is an associated munitions store.

Today it poses a trip hazard, and its hit the list for requiring protective action. One suggestion is to highlight it with some form of interpretation which will demonstrate how it may have been used and the importance of waterways defence during the war.

Surely there must be someone out there who knows more than this about the pin and nearby building (or, indeed, are you that person)? If you know anything we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact Helen Keating Helen.keating@britishwaterways.co.uk or call 01636 626373. Thank you!

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Elephant hawk mothCome along to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Farndon Willow Holt to learn how to identify moths and to find out which species can be found in the Trent Vale. Everyone welcome!

Saturday 6 August 2011 starting at 8pm till as late as you want!

Experts Sheila Wright and John Osbourne will be on hand to answer all your moth related questions.

We will have a brief introduction to moths and then set up some traps to see what we can catch. You are welcome to stay for as long as you like but please wrap up warmly and bring flasks as we may go on until late depending on the moths we find.

This session is funded through the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership and is therefore free of charge.

Spaces are limited!! Please contact Jenni Hignett at jhignett@nottswt.co.uk or on 07896 954695 for more information or to book a place.

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Mercer Wood Community Group are asking for help to start making a difference to Mercer Wood

BTCV will run two working parties in the Mercer Wood area

Dates : Thursday 16 and Thursday 23 June

• BTCV will park near Japan Road access point to the woodland area at 10 am

If you would like to join in, please meet here at 10 am – we need your help so do come !

• Training and tools will be provided

Please let Gill Bardsley (01427 612936) or Holly Parker (01427 811537) know if you intend to join us so that BTCV have an idea of numbers attending – or tell one of the Group, or leave a message at Reception at North County Primary School

Please wear stout footwear and suitable work clothes. Hot drinks and biscuits provided but please bring some lunch if you are staying for the whole session. Sessions run from 10 am until 3.30 pm – stay for as long as you are able. Under 16’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult but only by prior arrangement please – contact David Rodger of BTCV 01427 810350 or 07764 655 668.

TRAINED LEADERS will provide all the necessary guidance and there will be a range of tasks.

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Groundwork are holding their first workshop at West Stockwith on the 16 June, 7.30.- 9pm at the Gertrude Morris Hall. There will be a talk given by Dr Maureen Ille entitled   ‘Illuminating Calendars: an everyday story of Country folk’.

The talk will take a look at rural life as it was depicted in the calendar illustrations of illuminated manuscripts, before there was any printing. It will focus on two of those calendars that have survived in amazingly good condition. The remarkably detailed paintings show how the peasants spent their spare time working while their masters used the countryside for pleasure.

All welcome – no booking necessary.

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