Heart of Lincs Newsletter - November 2022

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Cogglesford Watermill rumbles into action for the local community

Credit - Jon Pear

Image credit: Jon Pear

The historic machinery at Cogglesford Watermill has been grinding flour for the area's newest sustainable food outlet, Sleaford Community Larder.

The grain rumbling through the quern stones has been gifted to the mill by local family business Cope Seeds & Grain, who were keen to work with local food producers to provide help families with what may be a difficult period over Christmas time.

You can visit Cogglesford Watermill every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12pm-4pm. Special events coming up include Climate Action Afternoon (Saturday 5th November), their monthly Milling Day (Sunday 13th November) and Santa and Mrs Claus at the Mill (Saturday 10th December).

The team have recently launched their Milling Experience Days - a great Christmas gift idea for yourself or a loved one! Contact the mill directly to book: cogglesfordwatermill@n-kesteven.gov.uk.

Click here for a great video from English Country Life, who recently visited the mill for a Milling Experience.


Countdown to Christmas with Heart of Lincs


Throughout November we'll be helping you plan for the Christmas season!

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for some great ideas for festive things to do, places to shop and gift ideas.

Christmas and Twilight Tours at Doddington Hall


The Elizabethan Hall will once again be transformed for the festive period and decorated throughout for the theme ‘Christmas on the Riverbank’.

From 23rd November visitors can see the outdoors brought in to create spectacular scenes for a magical family day out; follow the flow of the riverbank throughout the Hall as winter stories unfold.

You can also join one of the friendly guides for an exclusive after-hours tour of the magnificent Elizabethan Hall, wonderfully decorated for the festive season.

Enjoy a welcome drink and festive treat on arrival and admire the warm glow of magical decorations as you explore each of the decorated rooms situated over three floors.

Click here for dates and prices.

Reflections on a Life Well Lived


October saw the opening of the Mrs Smith's Cottage exhibition at the Hub-Sleaford where visitors can explore the National Lottery Heritage Fund project to restore the cottage and the works of Artist in Residence Nicki Jarvis.

The exhibition showcases Nicki's work alongside that of artist Graham Elstone, traditional upholsterer Hannah + Nails and the wallpaper conservation and research by University of Lincoln Department of Conservation.

The exhibition is open every day until Wednesday November 23rd in the ground floor gallery.

Click here for information about visiting Mrs Smith's Cottage and details of their upcoming events.

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Photo of the Month

Jane Peck - Sleaford Riverside

Image credit: Jane Peck

Have you taken a beautiful photo of the district that you'd like to share?

Jane from Sleaford captured the pretty River Slea in the centre of Sleaford. You can explore this attractive area with the Sleaford Arts & Heritage Trail.

Email heartoflincs@n-kesteven.gov.uk with your favourite photo and you could feature in our next newsletter!

November Events and Activities


Throughout November

Reflections on a Life Well Lived Exhibition: Hub Sleaford, 10am-5pm until  23rd November- FREE

Standing with Giants Exhibition: International Bomber Command Centre

Christmas at Doddington & Twilight Tours: Doddington Hall, from 23 November - 23 December

Wednesday 02 November

Nature Tots: Whisby Nature Park, 10am-11am 

Saturday 05 November

Open Day: Welbourn Forge, 10am-1pm - FREE

Steaming & Milling Day: Heckington Windmill, 11am-4pm

Climate Action Afternoon: Cogglesford Watermill, 12pm-4pm - FREE

Sunday 06 November

Craft Sustained Exhibition Closes: Hub Sleaford, 10am-5pm - FREE

Monday 07 November

Free Health Clinic: Navigation House, 10am-2pm - FREE

Coppice Crafting: Hill Holt Wood, 11am-2pm - FREE

Tuesday 08 November

Lighting the Giants: International Bomber Command Centre, late opening

Thursday 10 November

Lighting the Giants: International Bomber Command Centre, late opening

Friday 11 November

Mrs Smith's NavenBEEs: International Bomber Command Centre, 6:30-9:30pm

Saturday 12 November

Lighting the Giants: International Bomber Command Centre, late opening

Winter Tree Identification: Doddington Hall, 10am-4pm

Sunday 13 November

Service of Remembrance: International Bomber Command Centre, 10:30am

Milling Day: Cogglesford Watermill, 12pm-4pm - FREE

Monday 14 November

Photography Exhibition opens: Cogglesford Watermill, 12pm-4pm - FREE

Saturday 19 November

Repair Cafe: Riverside Church, Sleaford, 12:30-3pm

Sunday 20 November

Charity Model Makers Show: Ruskington Village Hall, 10am-4pm

Wednesday 23 November

Christmas at Doddington & Twilight Tours: Doddington Hall, until 23 December

Saturday 26 November

Christmas Tree Festival: Sleaford Methodist Church, 10am-4pm

Christmas Contemporary Maker's Market: Hub: Sleaford,10am-4pm

Festive Activities: Hub, Sleaford, 10am-4pm

Craft Club: Mrs Smith's Cottage, 10am-4pm

Sunday 27 November

Christmas Contemporary Maker's Market: Hub: Sleaford,10am-4pm

Festive Activities: Hub, Sleaford, 10am-4pm

Christmas Tree Festival: Sleaford Methodist Church, 10am-4pm

Sleaford Christmas Market & Light Switch-On: Sleaford Market Place,10am-4:30pm

Christmas Market: Millstream Square, Sleaford,10am-3pm

If you have any events you'd like us to include on our 'What's On' calendar, send us an email: heartoflincs@n-kesteven.gov.uk

Christmas Events 2022


Have you visited any great festive venues and have some photos you'd like to share? 

Email them to heartoflincs@n-kesteven.gov.uk or tag us on social media @heartoflincs