The Socialite and a makeover

The Socialite and a makeover

Saturday saw the second of our Autumn Hall Tours which everyone seemed to enjoy. Those on the tour were intrigued to learn about areas that needed restoring and were surprised to find that the house is pretty much unchanged over the recent decades. Someone asked about Miss Anne, the Squire’s sister. Some of our tour guests didn’t realise that she lived most of her life in London and was quite a socialite. We even have photographs of her taken by Princess Margaret’s husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowdon who was a professional photographer.

Miss Anne’s portrait taken
by Antony Armstrong-Jones

The bright, snooker table green coloured
carpet that was purchased by Miss Anne

Miss Anne was also an interior designer and was responsible for the décor in some of the rooms at the Hall as well as, of course, the small garden to the west of the Hall which is a neatly hedged and symmetrically patterned garden and is named after her. One of the bedrooms owes its bright, snooker table green coloured carpet to her. She insisted on the best quality and the carpet was made in London. It came in strips and had to be hand stitched together. The same green colour is featured in the patterned wallpaper and curtains. Miss Anne was the last Massingberd-Mundy to be buried in the family crypt at St Leonards’ Church when she died in 1997.

Andy Bonnett and his team have made a brilliant job of tidying up the fencing around our Parklands. These fences were overgrown with weeds, shrubbery, and trees, some of which had even managed to grow in and out the fencing making it a tricky task to clear and tidy the boundaries.

The team clearing the area
around the fencing

With the fencing having been cleared,
it looks a lot neater around the Parklands

There was lots of interest in our Lincoln Red Beef competition which we ran on Facebook. It’s great to see so many people wanting the opportunity to try our very own produce. Volunteer Geoffrey Stone was one of the lucky prize winners. He is saving his steaks for a special occasion when he has time to enjoy them properly and then he will let us know how he cooked them and what they tasted like.

Our Walled Garden bees continue to be active but have been slow producing any honey. We have had a few bees trying to get back into the house but have thwarted them by sealing up the holes.

The kitchen getting a
new coat of paint

Caron with the builders
at the Rectory

Local painters and decorators ‘Straight Lines’ have been busy in the Hall. They have already painted the kitchen and scullery, as well as some of the outside windows. They are coming back shortly to paint more windows and the south bedroom, the Gentleman’s Room, Library and the Morning Room. The rooms they have done certainly look better. It is much newer, fresher and cleaner.

The paintwork at the Rectory is coming along well too. The pale raspberry pink staircase looks great and all the other paintwork helps the Rectory look brighter and more complete. The builders just want to make sure the chandelier that we have purchased is not too heavy for the staircase ceiling. It will look great and the glass lamp shades will match the walls perfectly.

Another discovery up at the Rectory was the arched walls for the terracing at the back. The previously hidden brickwork is really lovely and worth restoring.

The discovered arches
at the Rectory

Jacob looking happy after
passing his driving test

Jacob, our Assistant Hall Steward, passed his driving test this week. Jacob got dropped off on his way back from the test centre to share the good news and then rapidly disappeared to sort out his insurance for his new car. He is a competent driver and is all set to go out on many an adventure!