Exciting events and nurturing the land

Exciting events and nurturing the land

At last week’s One Year On exhibition we were frequently asked whether we proposed any more events, following the success of the Garden Party last July and Beef & Bike night last August. So the Events team have been busy thinking of some new ideas that the local community might enjoy.

Once again we’re part of the Wolds Walking Festival (beginning on Saturday 19th May and concluding on Sunday 3rdJune), with the main South Ormsby Walks on 30th May. We will be leading the one and a half hour Wesley Walk in the morning morning and the Village and Parkland walk in the afternoon. For those wanting a more challenging leg stretcher, Geoff Newmarch, instrumental in organising the Walking Festival, will lead a walk starting from South Ormsby and crossing some of the Southern Wolds, taking in some picturesque hills and valleys.

The exhibition will be open once again, 30th May, Old School

Walkers enjoying the Wolds Walking Festival in 2017

Following a number of requests for the plans and Estate vision to be available again for those who couldn’t attend the original exhibition, we thought we’d open the Old School on 30th May so you can pop in whilst taking in one of the walks.

Leanne Winn, Events Manager; has been busy organising a photographic workshop for 9th June, led by Damian Furlong the Estate Photographer. This beginners taster session on a Saturday morning costs just £29, aimed at inspiring budding photographers to try out their new skills in the beautiful setting of the Hall’s Parkland. If successful, we’re hoping to follow it up with some more in-depth sessions.

Beehives, home to the bees nurturing the Estate

Andy cutting the grass at the Rectory

Leanne has also booked Chapterhouse Theatre Company to perform Sense and Sensibility in the walled garden on 8th July. Tickets, priced at £16, are already selling fast. Jane Austen’s work is always going to be popular and we do have the perfect venue.

Craig, our Hall Steward has gone from knowing very little about bees on his arrival to now feeling quite comfortable in donning a protective suit and checking on them. He was there when the helpful bee people from Panton (The Georges – Clare and David) came and spot painted, the queen, yellow so we could easily spot her and equally willing to let Damian the photographer assist him, so he could get some good images of the honey cones and the workers in action.

Lincolnshire Wolds, in all its glory…

Wayne, part of the extended Estate team, racing the Lincoln Sportive

When not attending to the bees, Craig has been preoccupied with grass cutting in the parkland and we have enlisted the services of Andy Bonnett to ensure that the Rectory grass doesn’t get out of hand. Andy did the first cut this week leaving the cuttings, as one should with the first cut, but will be returning soon to carry out the second cut and grass collection in order to create a neater effect. The garden and views at the back of the Rectory really are a sight to behold.

Meanwhile, over at Brinkhill, it was growing grass, rather than cutting it, that was the focus. Silage for winter cattle feed is important and it was pleasing to see the field being ploughed and seeded to ensure enough fodder for our Lincoln Reds in the winter.

We were excited to watch the Lincoln GP Sportive come by the village on Saturday. Some of these intrepid cyclists covered over 100 miles – what an impressive achievement!