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Reaching for the Moon


By Grantham Reporter


Column by Coun Matthew Lee, Leader of South Kesteven District Council

So, the Gravity Fields Festival is over for another two years. What will you remember? HMS Endeavour setting sail along the high street? The high wire acts? The fireworks?

Or maybe you attended some of the ticketed events and saw Brian Cox’s mind-boggling show about gravity, or Helen Sharman describing her incredible

experiences in space.

The Museum of the Moon proved particularly popular, drawing thousands over the course of the festival to see the three-dimensional, seven-metre wide moon suspended in St Wulfram’s Church. If you missed it, do take a look at the photos on social media.

We were delighted to see so many people of all ages in the Market Place and St Peter’s Hill for the finale of the festival on Saturday evening. The ‘Garden of Lights’ work so well on the green that it’s a shame we can’t have them all year!

We are incredibly fortunate to have such heritage and history in our district and be able to count Sir Isaac Newton as one of our own. How many times do we all pass his statue on St Peter’s Hill without so much as a second thought about his incredible achievements?

I would like to think that he would be very supportive of the festival and our efforts not only to remind people about his incredible legacy, but to open young minds to the power and wonder of science.

Of course, the festival isn’t just about science – it’s about arts and culture, community involvement and fun. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the best of Grantham and our

surrounding attractions. Gravity Fields really puts Grantham on the map. And it’s great for our local economy, too!

Putting on a festival is an enormous team effort and I would like to thank everyone involved in this year’s event, from our curators and organising teams, to the acts, volunteers, schools and groups, venues and hosts. And, of course, to everyone who came from near and far to be part of it.

This was the fourth festival to be supported by SKDC and illustrates our commitment to arts and culture here in our district. It’s part of what makes South Kesteven a great place to live.

I am, therefore, delighted to confirm that the Gravity Fields Festival will now become a permanent fixture in our events calendar.

The countdown is on to 2020!



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