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Plans for a series of special events to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force are set to be announced today.
On Thursday 19 October, Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire (AHL) will share their plans for this historic occasion at the RAF Lincolnshire 2018 Tourism Conference, taking place at RAF College Cranwell.
Working in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council and West Lindsey District Council, AHL has put together a three-year-programme of activities under the banner “Lincolnshire: Bastion in the Air”, made possible thanks to support from National Lottery players, through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The events will form part of the county’s contribution to the national RAF 100 celebrations and will showcase the prominent role Lincolnshire has played in the story of military aviation.
Lincolnshire County Council’s aviation heritage manager Dave Harrigan said: “The highlights will include a recreation of a World War One grass airfield at RAF Scampton, complete with replica aircraft and artefacts giving an insight into the daily lives of members of the Royal Flying Corps during the period.
“At The Collection in Lincoln, an exhibition will chart the emerging air threat posed by Zeppelins and the British response. The focus will be on the county’s role as one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturing centres and the vital contribution of local female munitions workers known as munitionettes.
“In addition, two travelling exhibitions will be touring the county exploring the lives of the ‘Heroes of the Airfields’ and the ‘Heroines of the Homefront’.
“We’ll have some fantastic items on display, with some special loans from Rolls Royce, the Luftwaffe Museum in Berlin and Dresden’s equivalent to the Imperial War Museum. Lord Ashcroft has also allowed the loan of a Victoria Cross from the Ashcroft Collection in London.
“Our county played a pivotal role in the story of military aviation in World War One. That’s sometimes forgotten, but Bastion in the Air will change that.”
Cllr Nick Worth, executive member for culture at Lincolnshire County Council, added:”Lincolnshire has always had a special connection to the RAF, so it’s fitting that we play a key part in next year’s centenary celebrations.
“I’m looking forward to what promises to be a spectacular year for aviation heritage in Lincolnshire.”
Cllr Paul Howitt Cowan, Chair of the Leisure, Culture, Events and Tourism (LCET) group at West Lindsey District Council, said “We are very pleased to be working on this exciting project with Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire. The historical connection of aviation in Lincolnshire and West Lindsey in particular brings hundreds of visitors into the district every year, making this a very important tourism sector.”
Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “The Centenary celebrations of the Royal Air Force offer a fantastic opportunity to highlight the important role Lincolnshire has played over the years in the development of military aviation. We are delighted that, thanks to National Lottery players, we are able to support this fascinating programme of events and exhibitions.”
The exhibition at RAF Scampton will run from 6 April until 24 August, whilst the exhibition at The Collection will be open from 26 May until 9 September. Heroines of the Homefront is currently on display at Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding until 31 October, while Heroes of the Airfield is due to open at the Waters’ Edge visitor centre, Barton upon Humber, on 13 November.
Further details on all of the events taking place in Lincolnshire for the RAF 100 celebrations will be released over the coming months.
For more on aviation heritage in Lincolnshire, visit www.aviationheritagelincolnshire.com .
Lincolnshire: Bastion in the Air is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Lincolnshire County Council, North Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Council, and Lincolnshire’s district councils.
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Officers are appealing for information after a number of cylinders of nitrous oxide were stolen from The BMI Lincoln Hospital on Nettleham Road.
It is believed that offenders forced access at around 3.30 am on Wednesday (11 October).
Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious is asked to call 101.
In addition to appealing for information, Police are warning of the dangers of taking nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas.”
The risks attached to prolonged use are a drop in oxygen levels in the body, unconsciousness and even death.
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Police are investigating two suspicious incidents in Skegness in which lone females were approached by a man who sexually assaulted them.
Det Insp Dan Boulter, from Lincolnshire Police’s Emerald Team, said: “Although we cannot say for certain that the same man was involved in both instances, it is obviously concerning that two similar incidents have been reported in the same area of town within a short timeframe.
“We would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious on those nights, or from anyone who has been approached by a man in similar circumstances. While such incidents are rare and Skegness is a safe place for residents and visitors to enjoy, it is sensible for everyone out late at night to consider their personal safety and to take precautions to reduce risk”.
Further information and personal safety advice can be found by clicking here.
Detectives investigating the incidents have issued a CCTV image of a man who may be able to assist the enquiry.
If you know the identity of the man, please call 101, quoting incident number 37 of 3rd October.
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The four Rotary Clubs in Lincoln have responded speedily to the ongoing disasters in the Caribbean and in Bangladesh.
Eight ShelterBoxes have been sent from this City alone and many more have been sent by Rotary Clubs throughout Great Britain. Each ShelterBox provide immediate accommodation for up to 10 persons keeping them dry and warm. Each shelter box has a cooking stove, water purification tablets, and cutlery, solar lighting and tools to enable work to start on re-building the homes which have been made uninhabitable. They also have games for children to play. They are intended to be temporary whilst homes are repaired/ rebuilt, and contain sufficient fuel for at least a month.
For many years Rotary has been a major contributor to ShelterBox funding the making of each box which costs £590 including the tent and equipment all of which is housed in a very strong plastic container. These are stored in warehouses until a disaster strikes when they can very quickly be sent out to the disaster area bringing instant relief for those with no shelter.
Over many years the four Rotary Clubs in Lincoln have together provided many
ShelterBoxes for disasters around the world irrespective of race, colour or creed. We are a completely international and interracial organisation.
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Roughton Woods, near Woodhall Spa, also known as Ostler Plantation, has been cordoned off after the discovery of canisters found by people bottle digging in the woods.
Police are working with other emergency services, military and health partners to ensure the continued safety of anyone who uses the woods and to establish if any further canisters are present. They ask people to avoid the area for the time being.
The area formally known as RAF Woodhall Spa opened in February 1942 as a satellite of RAF Coningsby and closed in the mid 1960s.
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