On Tuesday 21st May a coachful of Friends made the journey to visit Bletchley Park, home of the codebreaking operations during World War Two and the birthplace of modern computing. This turned out to be such a popular choice that a larger coach had to be hired and over fifty members enjoyed a wonderful day out. Those of us who were familiar with the film ‘The Imitation Game’ were able to recognise where different scenes had taken place and the wealth of information on offer would suggest a return visit - fortunately included in the price of the ticket. Standing in Alan Turing’s office was thought provoking, in the light of his later life and death, as was the fact that so many people who had worked at Bletchley Park kept their roles secret, even from their closest family members, into old age.
Grand Jacobean stately home and gardens, on the site of Elizabeth I's childhood home.
Bateman's is a 17th-century house located in Burwash, East Sussex, England. Author Rudyard Kipling lived in Bateman's from 1902 to his death in 1936.
Part of the Glendale Churches Heritage Trail, Old Bewick has had 900 years of 'storm and strife' from Scots invasions and the weather! Built in 12th C and restored in 13th and 14th C. In 1695 the Nave was fully restored and again in 1866 the Chapel was re-roofed. The Apse is quite a wonder to behold. There is both Anglo-Saxon and Norman influences in evidence both inside and outside the church. It certainly is worth the visit and walk around our old graveyard.
Charleston, in East Sussex is a property associated with the Bloomsbury group, that is open to the public. It was the country home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and is an example of their decorative style within a domestic context, representing the fruition of over sixty years of artistic creativity. Vanessa Bell wrote of this time; "It will be an odd life, but ... it ought to be a good one for painting."
On the 18th June , we held our 80th Anniversary Concert for a Summer Evening. The Cathedral Choir and organ were augmented by soloists and The Lincoln Chamber Orchestra. The programme included Handel’s “The King Shall Rejoice”, “Zadok the Priest”; "Two Songs for Summer" by Delius, and the Friends commission, a wonderfully tuneful setting of the 23rd Psalm. The second half was a performance of Rutter’s Magnificat.
The Cathedral’s original 1215 Magna Carta is normally displayed in Lincoln Castle. From now until it returns to Lincoln Castle’s purpose built new home in early 2015, Magna Carta will be going on tour.
Before being separated once again to go on display at their residing locations, the unification will be continued for one final day at the House of Lords on Thursday.
The event at the British Library promises to be one of the most exciting moments in the global celebrations happening to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta.