Here’s a look at what’s been happening and events coming up in Grantham.
** Arts Break at ChristChurch
Paul Emmett, professional musician and teacher, led the August Arts Break on The Art of Brass at ChristChurch.
He packed the hour with information about both the history and science of brass instruments, communicated with warmth and enthusiasm and illustrated what he said throughout both with an extraordinary range of instruments and the variety of pieces played.
The audience heard a posthorn gallop with piano accompaniment, a tune played on a piece of plastic tubing and the Londonderry Air played on the euphonium. One rather tentative volunteer member of the audience even received a first lesson on a ‘p-bone’, a colourful plastic trombone.
The audience showed its appreciation of Paul’s expertise, his ready response to questions and final virtuoso performance on a state of the art trombone in their delighted applause. It was obvious a return visit to Arts Break next season would be very popular.
**Grantham Civic Society visit Wisbech
The July event was a visit to the historic town of Wisbech where members were greeted in the Council chamber by the Mayor and Mayoress.
Wisbech Civic Society explained their current projects and then gave a guided tour of the town. This included the amazing Victorian museum which holds the original hand written manuscript of ‘Great Expectations’ given by Charles Dickens to his friend who helped found the museum.
The museum curator showed us the final pages where Dickens wrote a couple of the three different endings he had been persuaded to write. He finally got fed up and finished with the scrawl “This is the end of ‘Great Expectations’. We also visited the birthplace house of Octavia Hill who helped to found the National Trust and who was instrumental in founding the housing association movement.
The meeting in August is a barbecue at chairman Louise Mumford’s farm house where members will see a demonstration by shire horses with a modern combine harvester to compare.
** Youth leadership with Rotary Club
Ryan Cole, a former Grantham College student, has just successfully completed a tough leadership course.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) scheme is funded and run annually by a team of volunteers drawn from local Rotary Clubs including those based in Grantham. The intensive course lasts for a week and is based at Grafham Water Centre near Huntingdon. It consists of a series of projects, discussions and tutorials combined with plenty of physical activity all focussed on developing leadership skills in young people.
The course has given Ryan a taste for adventure and he hopes to develop a career in outdoor pursuits.
** Harrowby Horticultural Show
The 23rd annual horticultural show is taking place at The Church of Ascension, Edinburgh Road, on Bank Holiday Monday.
The event sees fruit and vegetables, flowers and cakes judged within a range of classes, and is free to attend.
Those wishing to enter can do so for 25p per exhibit between 8.30am and 11am, before judging starts at 11.15am. Prize money will be awarded from 3.30pm, followed by an auction of donated produce. For more details call 01476 575542