North Hykeham Winter Haecca festive celebration

North Hykeham Winter Haecca

28th November 2016

A festive event celebrating North Hykeham’s history and heritage

Wednesday 14th December, 5 – 6.30pm, Free /North Hykeham Village Green, Lincoln Rd, LN6 8NH

A free festive event for all the family, featuring a community lantern parade, aerial dance performance and a new celebratory song for North Hykeham performed by local choirs will be held on North Hykeham Village Green on the evening of Wednesday 14th December.

The event is part of Ridges & Furrows Arts & Heritage project, which aims to celebrate the rich history and heritage of towns and villages in North Kesteven, Lincolnshire. The NK Arts Partnership, which is managing the project, has been working with communities and schools in the area to explore the history of North Hykeham, following its story from old village to new town through themes of earth, water, wind and fire. The word Haecca has been taken from an old name for the Hykeham area, which was discovered as part of the historical research.

The Winter Haecca will open with a community lantern procession across the Village Green, featuring beautiful hand-crafted lanterns made under the guidance of artists Ruth Pigott and Nadya Monfrinoli and led by musicians Danny Pedler, Crauford Thomson and Dave Reeves.

Audiences can enjoy a spectacular aerial dance performance as participants from artsNK aerial programme perform on silks suspended from trees on the Village Green! The performers have been working with acclaimed Birmingham-based circus company, Circus Mash to come up with their routine, inspired by local heritage, and the themes of earth, water, wind and fire.

Local choirs will perform a new celebratory song for North Hykeham, which has been composed by musician Jo Freya working with local school children and taking inspiration from stories connected to the town.

The event forms part of North Hykeham Town Council’s annual Christmas event on the Village Green, and will be presented alongside a traditional nativity featuring children from local schools.Father Christmas will also be paying a visit!

Anyone who would like to get involved with the lantern parade can come along to a drop-in Lantern Making Workshop on Sunday 11th December, 10am – 4pm at Terry O’Toole Theatre, with all those attending offered the opportunity to take part in the parade!

Ridges & Furrows project will be working with communities in Waddington in Spring 2017. It will ultimately result in a new arts & heritage trail linking the Terry O’Toole Theatre, North Hykeham, with the National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford.

For more information about this event and Ridges and Furrows visit:

The North Hykeham Winter Haecca is organised by The NK Arts Partnership as part of Ridges & Furrows, in partnership with North Hykeham Town Council. Ridges & Furrows is supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund. The Winter Haecca is supported by the Big Lottery Fund Celebrate! Programme.

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