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Heritage Open Days to be held in Folkingham, Stamford, Bourne and Colsterworth over the coming week

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Heritage Open Days will be taking place over the next week to showcase the history held in our streets.

The Aveland History Group is bringing three days of free family fun to Folkingham for its heritage festival.

The festival will take place tomorrow (Saturday September 11), Sunday, September 12 and Sunday, September 19 at various locations in the village.

Events will begin at 11am and finish at about 5pm on each of the days.

Old photos will be on display
Old photos will be on display

The heritage festival is an opportunity for visitors to learn more about local history and about sites of The Aveland Wapentake - the Danelaw equivalent of an Anglo-Saxon 'hundred' or county division.

Tomorrow (Saturday 11) there will be an exhibition at the village hall featuring old photos, curated walks, oral histories, and a slide show by historian Brian Lawrence.

On Sunday there will be a walk from Folkingham Village Hall to Sempringham Priory for a talk on the Gilbertines, St Andrew’s Church, and the last princess of Wales. For a place email theavelandhg@gmail.com or call 07962 191319.

Re-enactments will take place during the heritage festival
Re-enactments will take place during the heritage festival

On Sunday, September 19, re-enactments of Anglo-Saxon defenders with their leader, Hereward the Wake, and medieval Knights of Skirbeck will be taking place on the Castle Field.

There will be performances of plays shared through oral tradition and performed by a Pickworth theatre group, and demonstrations of heritage craft where visitors can gain hands-on experience.

Visitors will be able to hear 30-minute talks at Folkingham Village Hall by a range of speakers, and historian Martin Smith will be attending to launch his new book on the history of Folkingham.

Entry to the event is free and food and refreshments will be available to buy.

Folkingham Heritage Festival 2021
Folkingham Heritage Festival 2021

St Martin’s Church has an open day tomorrow (Saturday, September 11) from 10am to 4pm.

Records from the 15th Century church will be on display, and visitors can chime the treble in the bell tower, discover the story of the stained glass, and see the tomb of William Cecil ,who was born 500 years ago on Sunday.

Browne's Hospital at Broad Street was founded by William Browne and was built in 1475. The hospital was originally built as a home and house of prayer for 10 poor men and 2 women with a secular Warden and Confrater. Over time, a new charter was needed, granted by James I in 1610 and so Browne's Hospital may claim to be a Royal Hospital or Royal Foundation. Free events are being held tomorrow (Saturday, September 11) and Saturday, September 18 from 11am until 4pm.

Stamford Endowed Schools Chapel was founded in 1532 and survived the reformation with the help of William Cecil. Free tours will be held tomorrow (Saturday, September 11) from 12pm until 4pm, Sunday (September 12) from 1pm until 4pm, Saturday, September 18 from 12pm until 4pm and September 19 from 1pm until 4pm.

Stamford Day Centre is inviting people to come and look through archived information on Stamford's history and old photos. This free event is going to be held on Thursday, September 16 from 10.30am until 2pm.

Baldocks Mill at South Street in Bourne will be showing visitors how Bourne is connected to motor racing and fashion with an exhibition of dresses and accessories from the past. There will be information on local businesses, and how the railways affected the town. There is no booking required, and the event started today (Friday, September 10) and will run until Sunday, September 19 from 2pm until 4pm.

Wake House at North Street in Bourne is showcasing the birthplace of Charles Worth who was born there and went to Paris to become the 'father of haute culture'. Events will be held on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 from 10am until 4pm. Refreshments will be available to buy, and there is on-site parking. No booking is required and entry is free.

Colsterworth will be inviting people to have a guided tour around St John the Baptist Church, the location of Sir Isaac Newton's baptism. The free event started today (Friday), and will continue everyday until Sunday, 19 September from 10am until 4pm.

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