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Posted: October 8th, 2014, by Andrew Wyatt

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Gravity Fields Festival 2014

Posted: September 17th, 2014, by admin-stw

Welcome to Gravity Fields Festival 2014
Wednesday 24 – Sunday 28 September

A unique festival of science, arts and heritage events creatively exploring the physical sciences and celebrating one of the world’s greatest thinkers, Sir Isaac Newton organised by the South Kesteven District Council.  Read more on Gravity Fields website.

We are pleased to host the following events at St Wulfram’s.

Engineering the Climate
St Wulfram’s Church
Ticket: £4
Duration: 1hr
Wednesday 24 September

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Dr Hugh Hunt, University of Cambridge, and Dr Matthew Watson, University of Bristol, and scientist colleagues involved in  the climate engineering debate in the UK.
What are the implications for the different climate engineering theories and possible experimentation? The panel discussion will examine those theories and experimentation and discuss whether they are even too dangerous to contemplate!
Researchers have suggested geoengineering technologies such as dissolving mountains and putting remains in the sea and, less dramatically, perhaps, filing the ocean with iron filings to stimulate algae blooms.
Perhaps then, we are right to be revolted and alarmed at such desperate measures, potentially the clearest indication that we have failed as planetary stewards.
The session will include filmed extracts from other contributors.

 

Reporting the Weather
St Wulfram’s Church
Ticket: £4
Duration: 45mins
Wednesday 24 September

 

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Floods, heatwaves, storms, even the odd hurricane  … 2014 marks the 60 year anniversary of the first weather forecast on BBC Television.

BBC Head of Weather Liz Howell and colleagues discuss how reporting the weather on TV has become an ever more challenging business.

In that time it has gone from early forecasts and simple graphics (and memorable moments such as Michael Fish’s confident prediction in 1987 that there would be no hurricane) to the recent launch of the BBC Weather app, with five million downloads in its first few months.

Their output now ranges from global reports to extremely detailed local weather reports and predictions.
Global weather phenomena are up there with the top news bulletins.

One thing is for sure; the UK audience is obsessed with weather, but it remains a very difficult country to forecast. One man’s snow is another man’s pleasure; many people are glued to the forecast affecting their daily lives both for pleasure and essential business.

Join Liz and colleagues to hear about the role of BBC weather today, the skill sets required and how producers and presenters combine to get the weather stories out.

 

Science Futures
St Wulfram’s Church
Ticket price: £7, concessions £5
Duration: 1hr 30mins
Wednesday 24 September

How is science changing our world? What current research will change the way we live?
What are the big moral scientific dilemmas of the future?

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Put your questions to some of the top UK scientists including:
Professor Sir John Burn, Professor Clinical Genetics, Newcastle University, Chair Genetics Speciality Group, National Institute of Health Resarch 2009-2015 and Director of the Collaborative Group on Genetics in Healthcare (NIHR and Dept. of Health)2009-2015

Professor Valerie Gibson, Professor in High Energy Physics, Chair Cavendish Personnel Committee, Fellow and Director of Studies at Trinity College and UK Spokesperson for the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in CERN, Geneva
Professor Andrew Hunter, Professor of Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the new College of Science at University of Lincoln and other panelists will discuss the future of their field of science with illustrative images and film extracts. Audience questions will be gathered at the start of the event and selected to put forward to the panel.
This event will be chaired by Justin Webb, one of the presenters of the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
Our event start time allows you to offer questions to the production team before the debate and a range of questions will be selected with the proposers of these questions invited to put their questions personally to the panel.
Each of our expert scientists will start by giving a short presentation at the start of the debate about the advances in science in their own field.  Then your questions will be answered.
Panellists will include Professor Valerie Gibson and Professor Andrew Hunter who will discuss the future of their field of science with illustrative images and film extracts.

 


Women in Science
St Wulfram’s Church
Ticket: £4, For school bookings call the Box Office
Duration: 1hr
Thursday 25 September

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BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Nicola Gilroy hosts a live broadcast edition of her Lunch Bunch focusing on the role of women in science with leading UK women scientists including Professor Valerie Gibson (Physicist), Sasha Norris (zoologist and environmentalist) and Liz Beckmann, past-President of the British Institute of Radiology.

Audience please arrive at 11.40 to be seated by 11.45. As historian of science Naomi Oreskes said recently,  “The question is not why there haven’t been more women in science; the question is rather why we have not heard more about them.”  Our panels of women scientists discuss how the place of women in science is changing.

 

Origamibiro
St Wulfram’s Church
Ticket: £7, £5 Concessions
Duration: 1hr
Thursday 25 September

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A genuinely unique live act. Musician and composer Tom Hill works with visual artist and filmmaker Andy Tytherleigh on work with unorthodox processes and contraptions. Performances involve treated books, typewriters, celluloid, paper, eerie wildlife recordings, home movies, sellotape and bespoke visual contraptions – all added, adapted and even destroyed.

 

Into the Unknown
St Wulfram’s Church
Ticket: £4, for school bookings call
the Box Office
Duration: 1hr
Friday 26 September

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As part of CERN Live, Dr Harry Cliff explains why and what the Large Hadron Collider discovers next could completely change the way we think about our universe. Harry is a particle physicist at the University of Cambridge and was curator of the Science Museum’s Collider exhibition. This talk is suitable for schools audiences and a general audience.

 

Metropolis
St Wulfram’s Church
Ticket: £10, Concessions £7
Duration: 3hrs
Friday 26 September

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METROPOLIS screened with live organ accompaniment by Simon Johnson, organist of St Paul’s Cathedral.

 

Family Concert of Sci-Fi Music
St Wulfram’s Church
Free
Duration: 1hr
Saturday 27 September
A family concert of favourite sci-fi l film and TV tunes played on the organ of St Wulfram’s Church including Star Wars, Dr Who and ET themes. With on-screen projection of the organist Dr Tim Williams.

 

Space Station Grantham
Saturday 27 September
Grantham will have its own space station for the festival evening. See a space rocket launch from the tower of St Wulfram’s Church and make your own to fire! Learn about night sky with portable Planetarium and explore the CERN Live exhibition. Friends of St Wulfram’s with be serving refreshments.
AGES 5+
6:15pm 6:45pm 7:15pm
7:45pm 8:15pm 8:45pm

Space Activities
National Space Centre
Ticket: £3
Free drop in for rocket activity
Duration: 15 minutes
Planetarium Show 20 minutes
Presenters from the Space Centre Education team at the National Space Centre in Leicester will take you on a tour of the night time sky. They will identify major constellations, explain some of the myths associated with them and look at some of the astronomical wonders they contain. They will also help you build and fire your own rocket.

 

The Building of Ely: Cantata Eliensis
St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham
Ticket: £10, Concessions £7
Duration: 1hr 30mins
Sunday 28 September

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The premiere of the newly composed ‘Building of Ely: Cantata Eliensis’. This is the first concert performance of a major new piece of music about the powerful women and the craftsmen who founded the great cathedral.
The Cantata Eliensis tells the story of the building of the great cathedral at Ely over a period of four centuries or more.
With professional musicians, soloists and a local community chorus, this is the first concert performance of a major new piece of music prior to its first full staging at Ely planned for 2016.
The libretto, by Nick Pitts-Tucker, is derived from original material, with the chief source being the Liber Eliensis, a contemporary account written by the monks at Ely Abbey no later than 1172AD. Other sources are Bede’s History of the English Church and secondary sources from each period.
The three acts of the Cantata Eliensis were commissioned from three different composers – Anna Krause, Toby Young and Louis Mander.  Each piece lasts for approximately 30 minutes and is scored for soloists, chorus and small instrumental ensemble.
In Ely the cathedral was built before the town. Ely was only a small settlement; the town grew up around the cathedral.

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Philip Lank at 90

Posted: September 12th, 2014, by admin-stw

A birthday concert for our celebrated former organist and choirmaster at St.Wulfram’s Church, Grantham

Performers to include:

Richard Markham (Piano)

Joseph Beech (Organ)

Jake Muffett (Baritone)

St Wulfram’s Chamber Choir directed by Dr Tim Williams
Saturday 20 September 2014 at 7.30pm

Tickets £15 /£12 concessions-children and students free.

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Project for Grantham’s landmark spire enters exciting new phase

Posted: May 11th, 2014, by admin-stw

An ambitious project to save Grantham’s landmark parish church spire has reached an exciting new phase.

Scaffolding is almost to the top of the 86m spire and engineers will begin removing the top 40ft of the structure within the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, fund-raisers are within just £10,000 of their target for funding the £600,000 scheme.

Appeal chairman Jean Parker said: “The fund-raising campaign has gone wonderfully well.

“There has been a lot of enthusiasm from the action group and this has spread right through the town….

by Richard Yetman

To read full article please see Grantham Journal

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