Brewery Hill

Brewery Hill, i remember the froth blowing down the street from the brewery

Father kept a grocery shop which has now been demolished and replaced by modern flats

we left the area in 1935 for colsterworth because of the approaching war

Seal pups at Dorna Nook


white seal pup

I remember the first time I went to Dorna Nook, I was so surprised by the place. The long drive up the narrow lanes to get the visitors car park could not prepare you for what comes next! As we walked out from the car park towards the sea I was expecting to walk for miles before I found the new born pups.

To see them as up close and personal as you could  get, was magical. This little chap was right by the fence.

Childhood In Laughton Forest

As a child, I frequently visited Laughton Forest with some family friends to walk their dog. It was such a beautiful and diverse environment, with thick wooded areas, sand dunes and even a lake or two.

We used to go for long walks following the many designated tracks and have picnics half way round. There was even a man-made tire swing in the car park area which I remember using a lot, only for it to disappear for long periods (presumably broken) and then re-appear as someone made another.

However now a lot of the area has became privatised, so walkers have very limited access to the forest compared to when I was a young child. So now Laughton Forest remains a memory of my childhood, but a fond one at that.

Childhood Perception……

I remember when I was little riding my bike around the local area with my dad. Just outside our village is what felt like a huge hill to a 6yr old and it was really hard work to pedal up (and caused some nasty injuries if you fell off coming down it!).

Now nearly 20 years later it is nothing more than a gentle slope! Always makes me think that what you remember as a child is not necessarily accurate…

Catherine Bywood

Free Donkey Rides !!

skeg donk 2My Grandparents moved to Winthorpe in the 70’s, so as a young girl I spent every school holiday there. One time whilst I was enjoying a ride on one of the donkey’s – (I think it was called Sally) it suddenly became spooked and ran off with me still clinging on and I had to be rescued. The man who ran the donkey rides was very apologetic and after that every time I paid for a donkey ride I got at least 1 more free, happy days!

Claire Riley, Sleaford

My 1st visit to Gibraltar Point

When I first visited Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve in 1969, as a student biology teacher, the sea came right up to where thegibraltar viewing point is now, at the end of the main track from the car park.  There were no dunes between there and the sea, as there are now. After a long day’s fieldwork, my student group decided to have a midnight swim. Having changed in the sand dunes, we set off to run to the sea, not realising the tide was out!! The lasting memory that I have, apart from running for what seemed ages, was of the multicoloured splashes of light, as our feet splashed in very shallow seawater. We spent some time splashing about!! Being biology students, we were told by our lecturer that the light was due to bioluminescent (biophosphorescent?) bacteria, possibly living on diluted sewage in the mudflats!!!
I often visit Gibraltar Point, as it is a place of natural beauty, peace and solitude, with a feel of a wilderness, a perfect place to think and muse. It has a diversity of habitats, and bird-watchers will enjoy a visit.

David Hyde

Meeting The Future In Laws!



Coming to Lincolnshire for the first time in 1976 to meet my future in-laws and spending the week planting    leeks with a dobber ( also other veg  that I cannot remember) on their small holding. I wasn’t put off  I moved here in 1978 but I have never planted another leek !

Janet Clark from Northbeck Scredington

The Spalding Tulip Parade

I remember may 1988, my twin 5yr old daughters were on a float for Spalding Tulip Parade, and My husband and I followed the float for the whole of the parade, around 7 miles. the funny thing was my husband had had his big toe nails removed the day before, so deserved a medal.

Long Sutton Market House and Corn Exchange

The period of 1830 to 1870 was a flourishing time for Long Sutton and the Market House and Corn Exchange were built during this exciting period. The Industrial Revolution was bringing increased demands and photog-5-sept12opportunities.

The River Nene had been recently extended from Four Gotes to Crab Hole, a channel of 8 miles and allowed a large area of marshland to be brought into safe cultivation. A new crossing was established at Sutton Bridge and by the mid 1860s the railways had arrived. Long Sutton was now on a main trade route into East Anglia and prosperity beckoned. The increase in trade encouraged some forward looking Long Suttonians to provide a place to market local produce and a Corn Exchange to trade grains and pulses. A ‘handsome building’ was opened ‘with gatherings and amusements’ there was ‘great enthusiasm’ in the town of Long Sutton and it took its place as ‘the Pride of the Low Country’.

From 1857 Market Street and the Market House building became the hub of Long Sutton economic life. The building was designed by Bellamy and Pearson of Lincoln. A daily market took place of butter, milk, eggs and poultry. On Market day itself many types of stock were brought to the Market held in Market Street. Merchants from far and wide came to
procure all kinds of farm produce. The London markets were only a few hours away by the new railway system and horticultural crops were beginning to be grown. At the time of their inception the buildings were also designed for the social and educational needs of the community. The local Magistrates met in the upper room of the Market House. It was also the place where all political meetings took place during elections times and was also used as the Polling Station.

On the entertainment front there were popular travelling shows such as ‘Mr Greenhead’ along with boxing matches and minstrel shows. Local groups were meeting for musical entertainment, performing music from shows that had only recently arrived on the London stage. These shows were used to raise large amounts of money for local charities, to be given back to the community. The Long Sutton Agricultural society used the Market House for shows and meetings. The Market House was also a place for education with the Night school advertising that it was more shameful not to be able to read and write than to be seen at one of their class.
From the 1920s the buildings became less utilised. Agriculture was particularly hard hit economically and now the needs of the community were being met in new ways. The property became a show room for cars – then a garage aptly named the Exchange Garage and in the last 20 years  of the 20th Century the workshop of Long Sutton stone mason, Glynn Edwards.

In 1999 a group of local citizens commenced the process of bringing back the buildings into Community use. The site was bought by South Holland District Council as part of a Rural Action Zone Project. A lot of support was provided by Long Sutton Parish Council, South Holland District Council, Lincolnshire Development and East Midlands Development. A new company was formed called the Long Sutton Market House Trust. This company is the tenant of No 9 Market Street.
Soon after the creation of the company, a group called the Friends of the Market House Long Sutton citizens, was was formed under the chairmanship of David Wilson.

The Friends is a working group of Long Sutton citizens, who enthusiastically believe in the new community project. They are responsible for promoting and raising funds for the project and supporting the hard working Trustees- as did their forebears before them. The historic wheel has turned full circle!

Jeanne Sibley

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