Companions of the Wolds
Our Companions group is open to any lady in the Deanery who is on her own due to being widowed, divorced or through any other bereavement such as the loss of a parent. If you are aware of anyone who would like to join us do please let me know, we meet for mutual support, friendship and a variety of activities
Revd Elaine Turner
Companions (of the Wolds) visit to Bomber Command in Lincoln
On a perfect, bright day in mid- September, nine members of the Companions group together with Revd Chris and myself visited the new International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln. This visit was the last meeting of our summer programme and was much enjoyed by all who attended.
When we arrived we had our own guided tour of the grounds surrounding the new exhibition centre and saw the beautiful peace gardens laid out to commemorate the war dead of each continent. Some 4000 plantspecies from the different continents have been collected and planted by volunteers over about 10 acres. We then walked towards the memorial spire and walls, passing the paved ribbon of remembrance on our way. The walls are covered with the names of almost 58,000 men and women who perished serving the Command during WW2 and this is the only place in the world where all these names are memorialised. The spire itself, made of Corten steel, is fantastic and commands wonderful views over Lincoln and particularly to the Cathedral.
After a very enjoyable lunch in the restaurant we went into the interactive exhibition centre where some of us tried our hand at navigating a bomber on a raid, unsuccessfully I have to say! The exhibition houses some poignant film and photographs as well as information on the home front.
If you haven’t yet been I thoroughly recommend it to you. You need about 3 hours to enjoy it fully.
The new programme of events for the Companions group covering the coming few months will be sent out to members in the next few weeks. If you are interested in joining this ladies only group (sorry gentlemen) please do contact me for details.
The group busy making Easter Cards
Easter cards made by the COWs group