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Village Festival
6th to 18th June 2022
A variety of events will be held throughout the village.


In 2019 we held the first Village Arts Festival. In 2020 and 2021 we had planned other Festivals – but covid intervened. This year, re-named simply The Village Festival, we are finally able to hold the event once more. We hope villagers will take the opportunity to experience the variety of events on offer.

Ticketing: Details are given for each event. Many events do not require prior booking. For others it is recommended. Thanks to the community spirit of the Post Office, tickets can be obtained over the counter. Alternatively, you can email to pay via Paypal.

Garlands in The Square: knitted flowers produced by the Knit and Natter group will be erected in The Square along with bunting and stay throughout the Festival. North Thoresby Rocks: small rocks will be painted by schoolchildren and hidden around the village – from Saturday 11th-18th these can be ‘hunted’ and there will be a method of photographing your finds and uploading images. Details to follow via the school website. A Bottle-top Mosaic Mural: will be produced by schoolchildren, under the direction of Louise Funnell, June 7th/8th. To be displayed in the school.

Monday 6th - Saturday 11th June ‘Photographs in the Post Office’ There will be a display of photographs by villagers (up to 3 per person) in the Post Office through the week. Prints should be A4 size, and should be mounted on card, with the photographer’s name and print title. Open choice of subject. We can display 15 at any one time and prints will be rotated through the week if necessary. Prints can be left in the Post Office from May 20th onwards.

Tuesday 7th June Village Hall 13.30-15.00. Village Hall. Flower Arranging Demonstration led by Jenny Hippisley, £2, Coffee/Tea and Cake. Arrangements will be raffled at the end.

Wednesday 8th June Village Hall 13.30-15.00. £3 'The Bones of a Thriller: How a page-turning mystery is created.' Crime Writer, Nick Louth Based in Lincolnshire, Nick has become a best-selling author following a highly successful career as a financial journalist, working for Reuters and with articles appearing in major newspapers and journals, including interviews with leading international figures, such as Bill Gates. Nick’s thriller’ Bite ‘became a best-seller in 2014 with more than 300,000 copies sold. His critically-acclaimed second thriller,’ Heartbreaker’, averaged 4.5 out of a possible five stars from over 200 Amazon reviewers. A third standalone thriller,’ Mirror Mirror,’ was published in 2016.The first DCI Craig Gillard book,’ The Body in the Marsh’, was published by Canelo in September 2017 and was in the top 50 bestselling books on Amazon UK in spring 2018 and in the US in spring 2019. The second in the series,’ The Body on the Shore’, was published in 2018 and a suspense thriller, ‘Trapped’, was published in 2019.DCI Craig Gillard returned in 2019 in ‘The Body in the Mist’.’ The Body in the Snow’, ‘The Body Under the Bridge’ and ‘The Body on the Island’ came out in 2020. ‘The Bodies at Westgrave Hall’ and ‘The Body on the Moor’ were published in 2021.The latest in the series, ‘The Body Beneath the Willows’, came out in January 2022. No prior booking required.

Thursday 9th June Village History Group. £2.50 ‘The Home Guard in Lincolnshire’, Erik Grigg 7.30pm Village Hall Dr Erik Grigg teaches early medieval history at Bishop Grossteste University, Lincoln, and gives public lectures on historical subjects across the East Midlands. He is author of academic papers, books and articles on subjects as diverse as prehistoric bog bodies, early medieval earthwork and Irish Republican prisoners in World War One. No prior booking required.

Saturday 11th June. Village Hall 7.30. Jazz in the Village. £8 BYO.) Ian Millar (saxophone) and Dominic Spencer (piano) have been performing together for a number of years playing melodic improvisations on jazz standards and original compositions. Their style of jazz concentrates on developing melodic ideas within the framework of the melody of a tune, whilst maintaining the concept and groove behind it. The result is a very accessible melodic style which allows them to explore, improvise and develop ideas without losing the essence of each piece of music, and to interact together in as creative a way as possible. They have had enormous success over many years during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with their very successful show ‘Jazz at Lunchtime’. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, the duo has regularly and extensively toured throughout the UK. They have embarked on many rural tours under their ‘Jazz in the Village’ series, playing in hundreds of halls, often bringing jazz for the first time to remote communities, performing in intimate settings to appreciative audiences. The beautiful Scottish scenery that they have seen on their travels has inspired the writing of many pieces of music by Ian. Tickets £8 available from North Thoresby Post office or email to pay via Paypal. Tickets are likely to be available on the door, but this can’t be guaranteed.

Sunday 12th June. New Inn. 7.30 Great British Quiz. £5 per person up to 6 in a team – come as a complete team or join others on the night. Test your knowledge of British history, geography, art, music and culture, sport and items in the news this year, personalities and the English language. Would you pass the citizenship test? Question Master; Ian Wright. Tickets available from the Post Office or New Inn in advance. Or email to pay via Paypal. There may be spaces available ‘on the door’ but cannot be guaranteed.

Monday 13th to Saturday 18th June. Art and Photography Exhibition Methodist Chapel Open 10-4 each day. After 2 year's absence the North Thoresby Art and Photography Exhibition is returning. providing an opportunity for local artists and photographers to showcase their talents. Get painting, drawing, sculpting and photographing! The only rule is that any entries (maximum 5 per person in each section) have not been previously exhibited in the village. Open to villagers, those who live nearby and anyone with a family or other connection to the village Works can be available for sale. Full details and Entry Forms will be available from the Post Office from Friday 20th May. £1.00 per entry, maximum 5 entries in the art section and 5 in photography.

Wednesday 15th June, Village Hall, 2pm Film: The Duke. Free. In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery's history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly -- he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge -- Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage -- how and why he used the Duke to achieve that is a wonderfully uplifting tale. Featuring Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Matthew Goode and Fionn Whitehead.

Friday 17th June. Village Hall 7.30 Blues Concert Featuring Soft Shoe Sam (Dick Appleton) and Martyn Roper, £6 BYO Maestro Dick Appleton will be performing as his alter-ego Soft Shoe Sam – Bluesman. He is joined by the sensational Martyn Roper – a great young energetic guitarist who is also one half of the brilliant duo The Washboard Resonators. After individual sessions, the musicians will join forces for a rousing finale of Blues at its finest!!! Tickets £6 available available from North Thoresby Post office or email to pay via Paypal. . Tickets are likely to be available on the door, but this can’t be guaranteed.

Saturday 18th June: 7.30 pm Film: Belfast. Free. Belfast is a 2021 British coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Kenneth Branagh. The film, follows a young boy's childhood in Belfast, Northern Ireland, at the beginning of The Troubles in 1969.

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