ASCOUGHFEE HALL & GARDENS


1940’s weekend a success
 
This year’s 1940’s Weekend at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens proved a spectacular success with over 5,000 people attending the nostalgic event.
Crowds made the most of the warm weather and flocked to the historic Spalding venue for the two day event which featured memorabilia displays, re-enactments, demonstrations, stalls and period vehicles.
Jointly organised by South Holland District Council and Spalding Remembrance Association, the annual event attracted visitors of all ages from all over the district and even further afield.
Many guests dressed up in wartime attire and some even took the opportunity to dance around the sun-soaked gardens to live music.
On Saturday guests enjoyed a medley of wartime music and admired a spectacular BBMF fly-past.
The event culminated on Sunday with a poignant VJ Day parade, as the Spalding Remembrance Association paid tribute to those who gave their lives in the conflict.
More than 5,000 people attended in total over the two days – which is a record for the event.
A spokesperson for South Holland District Council said: “This year’s 1940’s Weekend was a spectacular success and the busiest one yet with over 5,000 people attending.
“We would like to thank everyone who came along, as well as the stall holders and re-enactors who took part.”
 
Art exhibition hailed a success
 
A unique art exhibition held at Ayscoughfee Hall recently has been hailed as a success.
Deafblind charity Sense took over the historic venue last month with a river themed exhibition and performance.
‘Poems of the River’ celebrated the achievements of people with sight and hearing impairments from the charity’s Glenside Resource Centre who took part in a six month project with poet Laila Sumpton to create poems, stories, photographs and artwork inspired by rivers.
Participants also worked collaboratively with sound artist Daz Disley, to compose sound pieces of creatures found by the river banks, from eels and ducks to herons and rabbits.
Their creations were exhibited at the museum, where they also performed the songs and stories they developed during the workshop.
Kara Jarrold, Head of Arts & Wellbeing at Sense, said: “Many thanks to South Holland District Council for making it possible for us to showcase ‘Poems of the River’ at the Ayscoughfee Hall Museum.
“It was amazing to be able to share with the local community an exciting multi-sensory exhibition that breaks down the barriers for making art for people with sensory loss.”
A spokesperson for South Holland District said: “We’re very pleased that this unique and accessible exhibition was a huge success. We always welcome the opportunity to work with local groups and help promote their work. ”
The exhibition was part of Sense’s, Arts & Wellbeing programme, which supports people with sensory impairments at all stages of their involvement in the arts and cultural sector.