Historian Joyce Stevenson to speak at Heritage Open Day in Bourne

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Photo of the week - The Red Hall, Bourne'Photo: MSMP120113-004js ENGEMN00120131201122103
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Local historian Joyce Stevenson will be giving an illustrated talk on Saturday, September 13, during this year’s Heritage Open Days.

The talk will focus on the lives of three people and their service during World War One.

The story of one of the co-founders of Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps is also the story of the work undertaken by the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in support of the armed forces of The Great War.

There will also be stories of two Army Chaplain brothers. James was a regular army chaplain with the British Expeditionary Force. He was taken prisoner by the Germans and made a unique contribution to the lives of prisoners of war.

Throughout the war, James’ brother John, was Army Chaplain to the 1st/8th Battalion, the Sherwood Foresters. He was with the ‘Foresters’ in their training camp before leaving for France in 1915, where, alongside the troops, he experienced the realities of war on the Western Front.

Pre-booking is essential for the event at the Red Hall, South Street, Bourne, PE10 9LY, at 11am on Saturday, September 13.

To book contact Heritage Lincolnshire on 01529 461499.

On Friday, September 12, 9am to 4pm, for one day only the Red Hall, South Street, Bourne, PE10 9LY, (pictured) will be open to visitors.

A rare opportunity to explore this outstanding Tudor building which represents an important part of the history of Bourne.

Originally built as the residence of the Fisher family, the house has served as a private boarding school for ladies; and in 1859 it was bought by the Bourne and Essendine Railway Company for use as station offices.

Following the closure of the railway 100 years later, the Red Hall was acquired by Bourne United Charities in 1962. For more than 40 years the Red Hall has been the office of Bourne United Charities, and today it serves as a venue for private functions, community and educational activities.