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There were loads of free events revealing Sleaford area’s rich history over the weekend.

Heritage sites and visitor attractions across Lincolnshire participated in Heritage Open Days between Thursday and Sunday when members of the public were given the chance to view often inaccessible sites and join special talks and walks - for free.

Church warden Janet Johnson with the knitted poppy waterfall display at St Denis' Church, Silk Willoughby. EMN-140915-231050001

Church warden Janet Johnson with the knitted poppy waterfall display at St Denis' Church, Silk Willoughby. EMN-140915-231050001

Among the local displays was the 14th century St Denis’ Church, in Silk Willoughby, which had a special craftwork display of over 600 knitted poppies which will be sold in aid of the Royal British Legion from the pub and post office. There were displays of memorabilia, with emphasis on Charles Markham, the only man from the village to be killed in action. A concert by Hi Notes raised £200 for the church and a thanksgiving service on Sunday.

There were also First World War themed activities at All Saints Church, Nocton, on Saturday and Sunday for families.

The Sleaford Hospital Chapel, on Eastgate was opened for a talk on the history of the site and the Carre family, while St Denys’ Church displayed early photographs, artefacts and a First World War Poppy Map.

An exhibition telling the story of local conscientious objectors in the First World War and the role played by Lincolnshire Quakers in supporting them was staged at Brant Broughton Quaker Meeting House, called Alternative Voices 1914-18.

The Past and Present History Group held a heritage weekend in St Andrew’s Church, Folkingham on Saturday and Sunday with a display of memorabilia and photographs along with an embroidery group exhibition and music from the era and an evening concert with songs and poetry to commemorate the First World War.

It wasn’t just churches that flung open their doors to hold events over the Heritage Open Days weekend.

Cogglesford Watermill joined in the Heritage Open Day event on Sunday.

Over 420 visitors could watch the mill in action and claim a free 500g bag of organic wholemeal flour, as well as chat to local bread baking experts, Greenfield Bakers.

Other sites opening included Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and Navigation House where free pens were being given away to children.

It was free to enter Heckington windmill and its own tea rooms. Elsewhere, Welbourn hosted a historical walk and the curious clock tower at Aubourn was open to the public.