1940’s Weekend at The Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum.

The 1940’s weekend celebrated in Woodhall Spa was also a resounding success for the Cottage Museum.

The weather turned out to be the best of the year so far and the crowds responded by flocking to Woodhall Spa from near and far. The excellent organisation by the 1940’s Committee ensured that all visitors had a pleasant experience from Park & Ride parking through to music and transport parades; there was even a parade lead by a Pipe Band.

Music in the garden included the singers Heather Marie on the Saturday and Rachel Bea on the Sunday; both were well appreciated by the large gathering of visitors who showed their delight after each and every rendition. We do hope to see both again at future Cottage Museum events.

Sunday saw the appearance of a lone Piper to entertain our crowds in the garden but he was soon ably supported by some of his colleagues. Well done that man.

Following on in recent tradition, an appearance by “Winston Churchill” was a highlight of both days for our visitors. Many were wanting pictures of him although I didn’t see anyone trying to get a selfie!

The Cottage Museum volunteers and Tourist Information Centre staff excelled themselves in putting on a fabulous display both in the museum and in the garden.  The Education Team did their usual fantastic display of wartime cooking paraphernalia and children’s clothing items and Gill, Jane and Judith all were kept busy on both days explaining things to adults and children alike.

Carol and Roger did their best to extract monies from visitors on the Tombola on Saturday and by selling a good deal of merchandise on both days; books included. The raffle for the hand knitted golfer was drawn late on Sunday afternoon and the winner was Colin from London Road Sleaford. Many thanks to Gladys Ireland for knitting and donating the large woolly Golfer, a sum of £100 was raised by this raffle alone!

Following a dry run on the Friday afternoon Gladys and the Café Team went on to cover both days from 0900 – 1630 and the steady flow of visitors wanting to avail themselves of the teas/coffees and cakes was evidence of the popularity of this venue.  Many thanks go to all our volunteers that donated homemade cakes, buns, scones etc… plus all those friends and volunteers that helped make the café a success. A handsome sum was realised that will help support the museum over the coming months.

A gallery of pictures taken on the days is included in this post.