New Offices and Glimpses of the Past

New Offices and Glimpses of the Past

This week the Crutchleys moved into their new office and began to organise where to put desks and shelving as well as the all-important coffee cups! John Crutchley finally surrendered to having his photograph taken for the Estate website while Anne is getting used to having two offices. John has also been busy out in the fields sorting the mowing and rowing of the grass. This will provide our cattle with much needed silage for the winter.

Anne Crutchley getting
settled into her new office

Getting all the grass cut
ready for silage for the winter

Friday saw us host another Layers of History workshop focussing on Oral History. The Project Manager for Lincolnshire Heritage, Bev Gormley, came along and introduced Catherine Pike who ran the course for the volunteer students. She brought along some state-of-the-art, brand new, handheld digital recorders. Towards the end of the lesson, the enthusiastic crew enjoyed practise sessions learning how these worked. A couple of the students were very interested in hearing about our 103-year-old former housemaid and would like to record her stories using their new skills.

We also had Karen Morrisey return to the Hall. She had been with us earlier in the summer to take some samples of exterior paintwork. This time she is looking at the paint inside the Hall. She began by tackling the Drawing Room and bravely climbed the ladder to the scaffolding to get samples from the beautiful though dilapidated ceiling in there. The ceiling is believed to have been part of the 1750’s design by James Paine and was carried out by Signor Rose and Signor Pedrola. It is in cream plaster with plant and flower motifs embellished with gold leaf. We are looking forward to getting it fully restored in the future.

Getting all the grass cut is a long job
to ensure there is enough food for our herd

Chris Brooks presenting Dacel
with her JG Speedfit Kawasaki jacket

Another returning visitor was Chris Brooks, and it was good to have him with us again. He came to help look after the Hall and Parkland whilst Craig, our Hall Steward, had a well-earned holiday. Chris assists with British Superbike racing as well and brought along a JG Speedfit Kawasaki jacket with him which had been signed by Superbike racers Leon Haslam and Luke Mossey. This was a prize for the person who was able to get the most selfies with the racers at the Cadwell Park round of British Superbikes. Chris presented Dacel from Brinkhill, who is 12 years old, with the sporty green and black zip-up jacket; she was thrilled. David, her dad, in turn, is a huge Superbike fan and was at Cadwell on both the Saturday and Sunday.

The Hardens Gap Consultation took place on Thursday evening. We endeavoured to provide clarity and set out our vision, whilst answering the many questions people had.

The builders put the finishing
touches to the outside of the Rectory

The Rectory looks very smart after
all the work to the outside

Caron, our Heritage Interpreter and Administrator, went off to Hemswell again to purchase furniture that reflects the 1900s for the Rectory as the restoration is getting towards the final stages of completion. The architects have finalised the colour scheme for the Rectory interior and are looking at ordering the carpets and curtains. We have advertised for a manager to run the Bed and Breakfast accommodation there with a view to it being open for business in early 2019!