If there were any hills in the village of Minting, they would be alive to the sound of music - and not just any ordinary music at that.
Villagers have launched an exciting new venture called ‘The Venue.’
The aim is to bring top-class events to Minting - and at the same time raise the profile of the village hall.
It appears the hard work has paid off.
This Saturday (August 22), a ‘Tenor and Baritone evening’ - featuring live popular operatic arias and English songs - will be held in the village hall, preceded by a three course dinner. The event is a sell-out.
It will be followed in October and November by two screenings of performances by the world-renowned Garsington Opera Company.
The first is Mozart’s ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ on October 3 and the second Offenbach’s ‘Vert-Vert’ on November 7.
It is something of a cultural coup for Minting as the screenings will be the first Garsington productions to be shown in a village hall.
It’s not just opera. A whole host of other events are planned for the coming months, including special suppers and a musical comedy based on the life of Charles Darwin.
The entire Venue project is the idea of villagers, including representatives of the Minting, Gautby and District Heritage Society.
Secretary Joanne Heselwood said: “ People keep saying Lincolnshire is something of a cultural backwater.
“We’re aiming to do something about that and put Minting on the map.
“We’ve worked very hard arranging the events and we’ve some very exciting plans for the future.
“The village hall is a fabulous facility and the more it is used, the better.”
Arrangements for the opera have been boosted by the fact Hugh Sutton, a renowned musician and baritone, recently moved into the area.
He will be introducing the screenings and is a committed supporter of The Venue.
Organisers believe the project will attract visitors to the area and boost local businesses.
Already, they have established links with a number of businesses, including the award winning Minting Park Farm Shop.
And, they have struck a deal with local brewer Horncastle Ales who will sell their products at events.
lFull details of the programme of events can be found at www.mintingandgautby.col.uk/the-venue-at-minting-2/ or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are available from several outlets, including Horncastle Music Shop, the Sebastopol Inn and the Minting Farm Shop.