Tuesday, 6 January 2015

West Lindsey Churches Festival 2015

The 2015 annual open churches festival will be on 9/10th + 16/17th May, and this blog will be at the heart of it. With around 80 churches taking part, this a celebration of a rich architecture and Lincolnshire heritage, of beautiful tranquillity and spirituality, and a welcoming oasis of peace that all our churches offer.

Once again the festival is venturing into social media with Facebook and Twitter pages offering daily updates on what can be discovered at each of the 86 churches taking part and more stunning images from a professional photographer to show off these hidden gems of the Lincolnshire landscape.

“This is one of the biggest and best Churches Festivals in the country,” explained organiser Linda Patrick, “and I want to thank those that visit the festival, year after year, for making it so successful. Not only are you supporting our church heritage, you are also supporting many of our small villages. And this support will help ensure that the lovely community spirit that binds these rural Lincolnshire villages together, stays forever.

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Monday, 2 June 2014

Events at St Laurence’s Church 2014

Events at St Laurence’s Church 2014

Bridge Day @ Lunch
Friday 31st of October 2014 @ Corringham Village Hall. An all day event, including light refreshment & luncheon. Details forthcoming. Tel 01427 810551

Armistice Memorial in the Warrior Chapel. 
11 November 2014 @ 10.45am

Christmas Fayre @ Village Hall Saturday 29th  of November, Details forthcoming. ALL WELCOME

Walk to Bethlehem  
Sat 20 Dec  @ 6pm from the Church Refreshments afterwards at Mr Mrs M Fieldson's Farm house

Christmas Eve @ 9.00pm  
First Mass of Christmas

May 2015 West Lindsey Churches Festival  theme - 
The Becketts of Somerby Hall, Corringham to mark the centenary of the death of Mary Beckett who with her sister Lady Bacon, were Benefactors of the Church in 1882 for the Bodley & Garner Restoration.Mary Beckett died 21 Feb 1915.        
All these events are organised by the Parochial Church Council. The Church requires £10,000 per annum [or £200 per week] to meet its current needs.

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St Laurence’s is a Bodley church of the first order, boasting a highly decorated ceiling in traditional Bodley colours as well as a stunning reredos featuring the visit of the Magi and a fine organ screen. Associated with the 1884 Bodley restoration are windows by Kempe – the East Window and the Jesse Window in the Memorial Chapel. There will be a small exhibition of WW1 memorabilia. Church registers and memories of Corringham. Disabled toilet.

Postcode: DN21 5QY, click here to find on Google Maps

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Friday, 23 May 2014

West Lindsey Churches Festival - a Huge Success!

We've had a fantastic festival for 2014. Please make a date in your diary for next year - 9-10th and 16-17th May - and in the meantime, enjoy some of our favourite church photos.... 

With thanks to Push Creativity for being our festival photographers this year. 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

15 photos of Lincolnshire churches open 17-18 May for #ChurchesFest

A gallery of Lincolnshire churches open 17-18 May, the second weekend of our festival. With 46 churches open this weekend, this is just a taste of the history waiting for you to discover it. To share ANY of these gorgeous photos in social media, just roll you mouse over the image and click the red buttons that appear in the top right corner.

STOW MINSTER - ST MARY'S: Visit one of the most important Saxon Parish Churches in England, with its massive Saxon pillar, early Norman nave and a later Norman chancel. See the remains of a Thomas Beckett wall painting and a graffiti carving of a Viking ship dating from the 10th/11th century. A 13th century font with no overtly Christian symbols, many 15th century pews with Victorian copies.

STOW MINSTER: Many visitors ask how it is that such a large church is to be found in such a small village. Though Stow may have been rather larger than it is now, it was always a rural place. Yet it was also the centre of a large block of estates, belonging to the Saxon bishops of Dorchester on Thames. So, it was here that Bishop Aelfnoth, in about 975, built a church to serve, it seems, as head Minster (or mother church) for the Lincolnshire part of his large diocese. It was a sort of cathedral, because part of the bishop's household of priests (which later became the cathedral chapter) lived at Stow and administered this part of the diocese. The memory of this period gave rise to the tradition that Stow was the Mother Church of Lincoln Cathedral. 

STOW MINSTER: Many of the pews on the nave north side are fifteenth century, those opposite being Victorian copies. The present font of the thirteenth century is remarkable in that none of its carved decorations (which include a pentangle and a 'green man') is a specifically Christian symbol, with the possible exception of the dragon - perhaps that old serpent of the devil - lying very much defeated at its foot. Click here to find out more about Stow

CHERRY WILLINGHAM: St Peter and St Paul is a wonderful example of Georgian architecture with a beautiful reredos behind the altar. Meditation and church hall rejuvenation. Craft stall etc.

CHERRY WILLINGHAM: The modern octagonal lantern was designed by Louis Osman who also designed the coronet for the Prince of Wales.

CHERRY WILLINGHAM: Home made soup and cakes. Saturday 11.30am-1.30pm. Sunday 12noon-2pm


CHERRY WILLINGHAM as viewed from the road

 Click here to find out more about Cherry Willingham.

There are 46 churches open this weekend across the west of the West Lindsey region. including:  Bishop Norton, Blyton, Brattleby, Burton, Cherry Willingham, Corringham, East Stockwith, Fillingham, Fiskerton, Gainsborough All Saints, Gainsborough Cemeteries & Chapel, Gainsborough Friends Meeting House, Glentham, Grayingham, Greetwell, Hackthorn, Heapham, Hemswell, Ingham All Saints, Ingham Methodist, Kettlethorpe , Kirton in Lindsey, Knaith, Langworth, Marton, Morton, Newton on Trent, Normanby By Spital, Northorpe, Owmby by Spital, Pilham, Reepham Methodist, Reepham St Peter & St Pauls, Riseholme, Saxby, Saxilby, Scampton, Scotton, Snitterby, Spridlington, Springthorpe, Stow, Torksey, Upton cum Kexby, Waddingham, Welton and Willoughton.

Click here for the index to all these churches individual pages

GAINSBOROUGH ALL SAINTS: An unusual Georgian city style church with a tower dating from the 14th century attached. The church has a fine Walker organ which will be demonstrated throughout the afternoon. Lunches on Saturday 10am–1pm

GAINSBOROUGH ALL SAINTS: Saturday 17TH May 7.30pm this beautiful interior will see a concert by Doncaster Wheatsheaf Singers. Click here to find out more about Gainsborough All Saints.

BISHOP NORTON: Grade II listed St Peter’s sits in the heart of the village. Constructed of Oolitic limestone, the belltower was added in 1737 and the latest north-west corner extension in 2009. It has a fine stained glass East Window and monuments and an ancient sarcophagus in the vestry; Joyce of Whitchurch flatbed tower clock and Nicholson organ. Displays of village communications. Lychgate War Memorial. Refreshments and rest room. Range of freshly made soups, sandwiches/rolls, cakes, teas and coffees. Saturday 12noon-3pm, Sunday 12noon-3pm

 BISHOP NORTON: A medieval tympanium in the tower wall. Click here to find out more about Bishop Norton. 

SPRINGTHORPE, ST GEORGE 7 ST LAWRENCE: The church has a late Saxon tower, an early English font, Gothic and Tudor windows. Victorian restorations included some fine stained glass windows. Maiden’s garland - a funeral “crant” in memory of Mary Hill, a girl who was tragically killed by the recoil of the bell rope whilst singing in 1814. Exhibition by local art group. WW1 memorabilia. Click here to find out more about Springthorpe

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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Stunning Lincolnshire Church Photo Gallery - West Lindsey Churches Festival

A gallery of beautiful church photos to give a taste of the 86 churches taking part in the 2014 West Lindsey festival. All these churches are among the 40 open in our first festival weekend (10-11 May). Another 46 open 17-18 May, but more of that later!

MIDDLE RASEN: St Peters & St Paul welcomes visitors and hope that they find the building an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Our exhibition will focus on 'All you need is Love', to include a concert featuring members of the school, church and community, children’s music workshops, plus the largest collection of 'love' memorabilia ever

BROCKLESBY: All Saints. Details from the tomb of Sir William Pelham (1629). A lovely 13th century church retaining its 18th century horse-box pews and situated in the beautiful and tranquil setting of Brocklesby Park. It is lit by fine stained glass windows and is the home of many memorials to the Pelham family (Earls of Yarborough). The organ, originally built for Brocklesby Hall in 1773, has a case made of mahogany by James Wyatt carved with flowers and musical instruments in the neo-classical style.

BROCKLESBY: All Saints. SATURDAY 10th MAY, hear a concert on the antique chamber organ.

BROCKLESBY: All Saints. An added attraction in Brocklesby will be conducted tours of James Wyatt’s masterpiece, the Brocklesby Mausoleum. Tours will be conducted at 2pm on both days from All Saints church. There is no need to book but please arrive early as numbers are limited. There will be a charge for the visits, see in the church on the day.

SOUTHREY: In a Lincolnshire village hides a well-kept secret, a unique 115 year old temporary wooden church. See the history and graves of the young soldiers from WWI who gave their lives, the Roll of Honour, the commemorative board and the garden of poppies created for this occasion. It is also hoped to have an expert showing artefacts from the period. Listen, sit and watch extracts from this time in the peaceful setting of this building. Sunday service 9.30am - all welcome.

SOUTHREY interior. To share ANY of these photos on Facebook, just roll you mouse over the image and click the red 'CROSS POST' button that appears.

STAINFIELD: Visit this unique Queen Anne church set in picturesque parkland within the Lincolnshire Limewoods. Original textile works, both ancient (18th century) and modern, are displayed. View local archive material or sit quietly enjoying the tranquil setting. Open gardens, lunches and afternoon teas at Hill House, Stainfield all weekend.

STAINFIELD: Evening concert and refreshments on Saturday 'All Things Lincolnshire' featuring local folk songs and readings in Lincolnshire dialect. Contact 01526 398303.

CAISTOR: Poems, pictures and some accounts of WWI period. Also poetry from modern poets remembering with respect some aspects of the conflict. A competition of poetry based on accurate research of WWI by children in our three local schools will be judged and prizes  presented in church during the weekend. Also artifacts of the period will be on view. Whilst visiting please take time out in 'God’s Acre'.

CLAXBY interior: On this site at the foot of the Wolds, a church has stood here since at least 1300 (probably even pre Roman). Much restored in 1870 but with 14th and 15th century features. Grand Jacobean monument. Good modern and Victorian stained glass and a small Lincoln made organ. A ring of five bells, medieval and Victorian. In addition visit Griff Wood, a recently established memorial wood for a peaceful interlude.

CLAXBY exterior. To see a map and list of all 40 churches in the first weekend, click here: Churches Festival Maps

MARKET RASEN: This large, impressive Methodist Church opened in 1863. Original piped organ. Doored pews. Balcony and large front pillars. The building is kept in good condition which still gives it the 'wow' factor to those who enter the church for the first time. For the festival: Spring Fayre; Saturday morning 10am-1pm with lunches available including choice of salads.

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Get your free 48 page brochure with maps for the first and second weekends - just email your address to churchesfestival.info@gmail.com or download the PDF now with this link: West Lindsey Churches Festival Brochure (PDF). You can also click here to see the churches festival maps.

FALDINGWORTH: Memorial gates. The presence of the Polish Air Force, here in WWII, is commemorated in many ways. The gates commemorate the sacrifices made by the whole of 300 Polish Squadron right down to the individual.

FALDINGWORTH's distinctive spire. The tower of All Saints’ at Faldingworth is fourteenth century. In 1890, Charles Hodgson Fowler added the broach spire and rebuilt the rest of the church in Decorated style.

MARKET RASEN: There will be a flower display in Church with the theme of 'The history of Market Rasen' which will be augmented by a display from the Market Rasen Heritage Society.

MARKET RASEN: Interior. Christians have worshipped at this spot for over 800 years, and continue to do so today.

FRIESTHORPE: A small but beautiful and peaceful haven, dedicated to St Peter. We are proud to commemorate the lives of seven brave soldiers who died during WWI, five from the Beechey family. We also treasure the remains of a standing stone cross, to be found south of the church door. There will be a Country Garden exhibition and lunches served of ploughman’s and quiche. Postcode: LN3 5AL, open: 10th - 11th May, Saturday 11am-3pm • Sunday 11am-3pm

FRIESTHORPE and The Beechey Brothers. There were eight Beechey brothers who fought: five killed, two returned, one returned to Australia paralysed. Their story, in their words can be experienced in The Last Post theatre show at Lincoln Drill Hall November 11 - 16, 2014. www.lincolnmysteries.co.uk

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