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Vital Stepping Stones group

9th November 2017
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Vital Stepping Stones

The Friends of Parkinson’s Gainsborough newly named ‘Vital Stepping Stones’ group, is a health and wellbeing project to not only help those with a neurological condition — such as MS or Parkinson’s — but to those that are in need of treatment of disease. read more

Gainsborough Life October edition competition winner!

8th November 2017
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Competitions

Congratulations to our competition winner from our October 2017 edition! read more

What’s on at Trinity Arts Centre

8th November 2017
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Trinity Arts Centre

Welcome to our new listings for November. We kick off the month with the scary remake of the classic Stephen King novel, ‘IT’… definitely not for the faint hearted! We then give a warm welcome to ‘The Bachelors’ with their amazing sound and long list of hit records. read more

Tips for tablets at IT group

8th November 2017
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Clarborough and Welham IT Group

From November, classes at Clarborough and Welham IT Group will focus on iPad and tablets on Wednesday morning, alongside the usual Windows 10 focus which also forms the basis of Tuesday afternoon sessions. read more

Gainsborough Heritage Centre

7th November 2017
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Gainsborough Heritage Centre

The new industrial exhibition space featured on the ground floor with displays of machinery and Gainsborough-made products is still evolving with new elements added in 2017. There are new displays and features to investigate, explore and help you to learn about the town’s rich industrial heritage.

On the Centre’s first floor, the permanent displays feature a reconstruction of a typical early 20th century street; including period shops, a house, and telephone exchange/post office. The centre houses a unique research library with resources such as newspaper articles and a growing photographic archive.

This month the temporary exhibition will focus on some of the smaller industrial firms in the town such as Watson’s, the shipbuilders established in 1869. The firm constructed over 2,000 vessels for ports, estuaries and rivers all over the world. They built a range of coasting vessels, steam and motor tugs, oil carrying barges, fishing vessels, pontoons and tank dredgers.

Messrs Baines Bros Ltd, of North Street and Church Street, were a well-known company throughout Lincolnshire as leading pioneers in the cycle and motor trade. Richard Hammond had business premises in Gainsborough that included a wood-shop, wheelwrights shop, smith’s and paint shop. To find out more about these firms and their founders visit the centre to see the temporary exhibition.

Gainsborough Heritage Centre is hosting a talk, on Wednesday 1st November, to be given by Peter Bradshaw and Susan Edlington titled, ‘God’s Acre — The History of Gainsborough’s General Cemetery and Chapel’ at Gainsborough House, 18 Parnell Street, Gainsborough DN21 2NB. Come and hear the story of Gainsborough’s General Cemetery and Chapel, from its beginnings in 1875 when the cemetery opened and William Hill, a director of Shipleys, built the cemetery chapel. The chapel was consecrated by Bishop Christopher Wordsworth, William Wordsworth’s nephew.
This talk will include information about well-known Gainsborough people and families who are buried in the cemetery including: the Rose family, Daisy Girdlestone — photographer and pantomime producer, Benjamin Adlard, and will also show photos from the Marshall family albums and paintings by the artist William Edwards Milner.

The second part will include the cemetery’s connection with the Battle of Passchendaele. The 100th anniversary of this terrible battle is being commemorated this year. Local soldier Lance Corporal Herbert Dorrington was seriously wounded in the head during this battle in September 1917. His father, Herbert Dorrington, was the mason who built Gainsborough Cenotaph, which was unveiled in 1921. After many years of suffering, Lance Corporal Dorrington died in 1925 following one of several operations he had endured on his head since being wounded, he is buried in the cemetery.

The centre is also hosting Thelma Childs, of the Delvers, who will share her historical knowledge and wealth of information about the town with a slideshow of Gainsborough photos. The evening will be held on Wednesday 29th November at Gainsborough House, 18 Parnell Street, Gainsborough DN21 2NB. Both talks will begin promptly at 7.30pm and the cost will be £4.00 with tea and biscuits available during the interval.

A special themed event called ‘Night at the Museum’ will be situated in the new permanent 20th century street scene on the first floor. Go back in time and explore a night time themed Gainsborough street, shops and house with costumed characters. The event will be held on Friday 24th November from 7.00pm with the tearoom on the ground floor open for purchase of refreshments. The weekend of 25th and 26th November will include a continuation of living history so explore, learn and have fun!

On sale is a perfect Christmas gift for local heritage enthusiasts, a calendar designed for 2018 with 13 different watercolours from Karl Wood, showcasing historic scenes of Gainsborough’s yards and streets. The centre is also holding a Christmas Draw with a first prize of £100.00 with many more seasonal prizes, so don’t forget to pop into the centre to purchase your Christmas raffle tickets.

The ‘Telephone Exchange,’ themed tea room highlights the history of the building and is situated on the ground floor. The ‘Telephone Exchange Tea Room’ serves a lovely range of refreshments including Twining’s tea, Kenco coffee, hot chocolate, Fentiman’s fizzy drinks, spring water, Ribena and a wonderful choice of cakes. Hot drinks include a complimentary packet of biscuits and the tea room is open every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.

The centre is open every Tuesday from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm and Sunday from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Last admission is at 3.30pm. Admission charges are £3.00 for non-members of the association and free entry for members to visit the displays and undertake research in the archives. Group visits to the Heritage Centre can be arranged and staff will organise to open the centre for a weekday or evening session. Standard membership of the centre is £10.00 for a year running from January to December and life membership of the centre is £100.00.

Further details can be obtained about the Heritage Centre by email tochairman@gainsboroughheritage.coml visit www.gainsboroughheritage.co.uk or call 01427 610526

Gainsborough’s tribute to the fallen

7th November 2017
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Gainsborough Town Council

Remembrance Day and the Two Minute Silence have been observed since the end of the First World War but their relevance remains undiminished. When we bow our heads in reflection we remember those who fought for our freedom during the two world wars. read more

Know your rights before you start your Christmas shopping

6th November 2017
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Citizens Advice West Lindsey

Citizens Advice West Lindsey is reminding residents to go back to retailers if they are sold faulty electrical goods this Christmas. read more

Gunner Cressingham’s grave accepted as a war grave

6th November 2017
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Friends of Gainsborough Cemetries and Chapel

Gunner Alexander William Cressingham’s grave in Gainsborough General Cemetery has been unmarked for nearly 100 years but in 2014 his grave was accepted as a war grave and a headstone has just been erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). read more

WIN tickets to Dick Whittington Pantomime!

4th November 2017
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Gainsborough Musical Theatre Society

Join Gainsborough Musical Theatre Society this December for pantomime fun with Dick Whittington and his Cat; the story of a young lad who heads out into the world to seek his fortune accompanied by Tommy his amazing rat-catching cat. read more

Ryton Chorale

4th November 2017
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Ryton Chorale

Ryton Chorale presents The Autumn Concert at The Crossing Church on Saturday 11th November at 7.30pm. The concert will feature European Sacred Music and Durufle — Requiem. read more