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2015 Programme of Events

February 4, 2015

Welcome to our main programme of events for 2015.

Some events are open to all, others need to be booked and some are only open to project volunteers. You will see that these latter events are normally practical workshops, where the numbers have to be limited.

 We are very grateful to the Harrington Estate for their support & help with this project. Please do visit the church and churchyard - it is a lovely spot. However, be aware that the land surrounding the churchyard is private and please do not park in front of farm buildings.

 Other events will be organised by the leaders of the project sub-groups and will be advertised separately.

 If you are not on the mailing list, but wish to be included please let us know.


Tuesday,  February 24th

The geology of the Wolds.

An illustrated talk by Dr Mike Badley

Conference Room, Franklin Hall, Spilsby 7.30pm

(Part of the Sutterby Rock Festival)

All welcome

Thursday, February 26th

An introduction to field walking with Dave Start

Swaby Village Hall, 7.30pm

Project volunteers only

Wednesday, March 4th

The King James I bible & Lincolnshire

Talk by Dr. Nicholas Bennett

St James’ Church, Spilsby 7.30pm

All welcome


Saturday, February 28th pm & Sunday, March 8th pm

Field walking at Sutterby with Dave Start.

Booking essential. Project volunteers only.

Contact: spiritofsutterby@gmail.com  01790 754079


Wednesday, March 11th

16th century interior design: for beginners.

An informal evening looking at the likely furniture & domestic goods of the inhabitants of Sutterby.

Conference Room, Franklin Hall, Spilsby 7.30pm

All welcome


Monday, March 30th

Bees in the landscape.

An illustrated talk by Dr. David Sheppard

(‘See you later, Pollinator’ initiative 2015.

See Wildlife Programme & website for more info.)

Conference Room, Franklin Hall, Spilsby 7.30pm

All welcome.


Thursday, April 2nd

Pot washing evening (Field walking material)

Skendleby Village Hall, 7.30pm.  Project volunteers only.


Wednesday, April 8th

Behind the scenes of The Collection.

Guided tour with Antony Lee, Curator.

A chance to see material held in the museum store, including artefacts from Sutterby & surrounding area.

Meet at Lincoln Archives Reception. 10am

(The tour will last approx 1 and a half hours).

Booking required.


Saturday, April 11th

St John the Baptist, Sutterby—Measuring a church.

A workshop with Dr. Matthew Godfrey.

To aid our research and understanding , a practical introduction to measuring old buildings and how to interpret what we find.

Places limited. Booking required. Venue to be advised.


Wednesday, April 15th

The fossils & ancient environments of Lincolnshire.

An illustrated talk by John Aggett.

Conference Room, Franklin Hall. 7.30pm

(Part of the Sutterby Rock Festival)

All welcome.


Saturday, April 25th

Natural history photography: for identification & recording.

Workshop with tutor Les Binns.

Photographic recording of wild life can be challenging ! This workshop aims to give students the skills necessary to venture out with their camera and capture that elusive wild life moment. The emphasis is on producing good photos as an aid to identification and recording.

A digital camera is required—compact or complex.

Langton Village Hall, 9am—4pm

( Part of the  ‘See you later, Pollinator’ initiative)

Places limited. Booking required. There may be a charge.


Tuesday, April 28th

Preserving the Past. Conservation & restoration in action.

An illustrated talk by Sue Lee. Sue was one of the conservators involved with the wall paintings at St John the Baptist, Sutterby. This talk will cover a range of decorative surfaces and media and look at the issues involved in preservation and restoration.

Sausthorpe Village Hall, 7.30pm

All welcome.


Tuesday, May 12th

An introduction to archaeological techniques with Dave Start. Getting ready for the Dig!

Swaby Village Hall, 7.30pm

Project volunteers only.


Saturday, May 16th

The Sutterby Slug Fest

A practical workshop with county recorder Chris du Feu.

All you ever wanted to know about slugs—and more.

Plus the chance to record Sutterby’s slugs for posterity.

Langton Village Hall and Sutterby churchyard. 10am—4pm

Pet slugs welcome.

Booking required.


Saturday, 23rd May—Friday, 29th May

St John the Baptist church, Sutterby—archaeological dig.

A chance to have practical experience of a dig or to stand amazed at the sidelines. Dave Start leads his team as they uncover the mystery of the hidden foundations.

If you wish to be involved, booking required

All welcome to view.


June.    Date TBA (Saturday in June)

Acrylics in the churchyard—an art workshop.

Following on from the success of the Watercolour Workshop last year, Peter Wood has offered to run another session.

Booking required.

If you would be interested in taking part, please contact

spiritofsutterby@gmail.com 01790 754079.

NB There will be a charge for this course.


Thursday, June 18th

Mud and stud - an introduction to Lincolnshire’s unique construction technique.

An illustrated talk by Dave Start, followed by a guided tour with Julia Brocklehurst of a local example of a mud and stud building, Withern Cottage.

The Village Church Farm Museum, Skegness. 7pm

Church Road South, Skegness PE25 2HF

Booking required.


Wednesday, June 24th

The Feast of John the Baptist - the now annual service at St John the Baptist, Sutterby.

Service led by Father Peter Coates. 7pm

All welcome. Please bring a chair if needed.


Saturday, June 27th

Reading the landscape.

An excursion with Mike Badley and John Aggett to read and interpret the landscape in and around Sutterby and the Wolds.

( Part of the Sutterby Rock Festival)

Booking required. Numbers limited.

NB There is likely to be a charge for this event.


Saturday, July 4th

Review, research and reverie—the three Rs Sutterby style.

An open evening  for volunteers to share biscuits & thoughts  about the project past, present  and future.

Partney Village Hall, 7.30pm.

All welcome.


Saturday, July 11th

‘Prehistoric Lincolnshire’.

An illustrated lecture by Dr Kevin Leahy.

Franklin Hall, Spilsby 2pm

( Inaugural lecture of The Wolds Festival of Archaeology)

All welcome


Tuesday, August 4th

The Luttrell Psalter.

An illustrated talk by Dave Start

A look at the mediaeval year through the exquisite illuminations of the Psalter.

Sausthorpe Village Hall,  7.30pm

All welcome




We are grateful to  the Down Your Wold project for supporting our past events and activities.

 We are pleased to say that the majority of events in this programme will again  be available free of charge. However, please be aware that in some cases we may need to charge. The costs of chargeable events will be kept to a minimum.

 We are always grateful for donations to help us cover the costs of future events.


Where booking is required, please contact either by e-mail spiritofsutterby@gmail.com or by phone

 01790 754079.
All bookings will be acknowledged and confirmed.

Changes to the Programme

These will be kept to a minimum, but please check the website for changes and updates, or alternatively you are most welcome to phone 01790 754079

Researching the Past

Running alongside the main programme are a host of complementary activities and events.
The Spirit of Sutterby project is committed to an ongoing schedule of research, which underpins the project plan. (The project plan is available to view on the website or can be obtained by contacting 01790 754079).
For 2015 there are plans to continue the research into the church, the churchyard and the village.
If you would be interested in being involved at a practical level with any part of this research, please contact the appropriate group leader, as shown on the back cover.


No previous experience is required.



Natural history & wildlife.

Throughout 2015 there will be an ongoing programme of recording and surveying in the churchyard.

In support of this, there will a number of practical natural history events and teach-ins.

The aim is to improve recording skills and to add to the number of records currently held  - at present 250.

We hope to double that number this year.

The events will be weather dependent and so will be arranged at relatively short notice. They will take place either in an evening, early morning in the case of moths or at a weekend.

If you would be interested in taking part in any of the following please email naturesutterby@gmail.com or ring 01790 754079.

Planned for this year :-

Monthly moth count with Beth Dawson

Grasses with Roy Harris

Beetles with Charlie Barnes

Birds with Tony Baker

Wild flower walk with Julia Brocklehurst

Bees and insects with David Sheppard

Spiders with Imogen Wilde—may be 2016

 Please see the separate wildlife programme for more information and check this website.


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