Welcome... to West Lindsey’s 2013 Churches Festival – a wonderful celebration of
a rich architecture and heritage, of beautiful tranquillity and spirituality, and a warm welcome from all our participating churches.
More churches than ever are taking part this year. Lincolnshire is well known for having one of the finest collection of churches in the country and many of these are situated here in West Lindsey. Over the two weekends we invite you to explore 90 of our best treasures. One of our best kept secrets can be visited at Stow. The minster, St Mary’s,
is one of the most important Saxon parish churches in England and is a treasure trove of beautiful artefacts and architecture. Other fine churches with Saxon origins can also be seen at Cabourne and Swallow.
We are also home to some wonderful examples of Norman architecture. Travel along the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds and visit the churches made from the local ironstone - Caistor, Nettleton, Walesby, Normanby-le-Wold, Market Rasen and Middle Rasen with its fine Norman archway. Two of our finest Georgian churches are also taking part in the festival. Visit All Saints at Gainsborough and relax to the sound of the organ music during the afternoon or why not journey to Cherry Willingham which was winner of The Georgian Society architectural award for restoration in 2012.
Methodism is worshipped throughout West Lindsey with nearby Epworth being the home of John Wesley and the birthplace of Methodism. We have a superb collection of chapels opening their doors, from the imposing building
of Market Rasen Chapel to the smaller chapels at Faldingworth, Ingham and North Kelsey.
We also have some beautiful small treasures in the county. Visit Pilham, Coates by Stow, Goltho and Apley for a taste of worship in small communities. But perhaps, the most intriguing place to visit has to be The Friend’s Meeting House in Gainsborough. It really is well worth a visit and you discover a wonderful insight into Quakerism.
Many of our church communities have also organised exhibitions and concerts for your enjoyment – Middle Rasen is celebrating “Music” with children’s workshops creating instruments and the biggest display of LP covers ever! Both churches at Ingham have joined forces and also celebrate “The Joy of Music.” Snitterby is “Celebrating the lilies” whilst Great Limber will be including two local schools in the telling of the story “Noah’s
Ark.” There are too many to mention here so please take time to read the entries within the brochure to find out more about what is taking place.
We are also making sure that you will be well nourished over the two weekends. Detailed on page 8 is a list of churches offering lunches but many more churches will also be providing light refreshments and big breakfasts throughout the day.
Not all our churches will be manned and maybe these will be your choice? If you
want a bit of time to relax in the quiet of a spiritual building, then make sure you choose one of the self-nominated “quiet” churches, in particular St John the Baptist at Lissington and St Vincent at Burton.
So, come along and visit us in 2013… you really will not be disappointed.