Monday, 27 April 2015

Capture a photographic slice of life in West Lindsey!

Harry (11), Natasha (10) and Ella (12) get snapping near The Viking Way, Walesby

Calling all amateur photographers, wildlife enthusiasts, urban clickers and camera fans. Could you be West Lindsey’s answer to David Bailey? We’re inviting you to get out and about in the district with your camera and share the results! Scroll down for top tips from Church Festival photographer Ashley Taylor of Push Creativity

West Lindsey District Council is launching a new competition for 2015 to tie in with the launch of the West Lindsey Churches Festival on 9 and 10 May and the 16 and 17 May. From 9 May, you can send in your photos.

We’re looking for images which highlight the beauty and variety of our district: from the river Trent to the Wolds, the rivers Fossdyke and Witham to our borders with North Lincolnshire. Take us on a journey through our bustling towns and our beautiful countryside, capturing our unique and charming villages and breath-taking vistas to win some great prizes.

The councils Events Coordinator Andy Deighton says: “Our theme is: ‘Life in West Lindsey’ and we’d love you to send in your entries by 1 September 2015.

“We will share them on our website and Facebook before selecting the 12 most outstanding images to be included in a West Lindsey 2016 calendar. Be as creative as you can, we know our district looks fantastic, just show us it through your eyes!”

You can use any aspect of photography as long as it is your own original work.

Angela Montague of Push Creativity who is helping curate the West Lindsey Churches Festival said: “We’re glad to be part of this photography competition and if it encourages people to start by taking photos at the district’s many churches then that’s fantastic too! West Lindsey has some fantastic vistas as well as some exquisite and unique churches. Getting out and about to show them off is a great idea!”

Push Creativity have also given us the following photographic tips to employ on your snap-happy adventures!


Worm's Eye View - or Bird's Eye View
Worm's/bird’s eye view: Most people take photos from eye level. Often just the simple trick of getting on the floor, or looking down from a high place makes an image stand out because it’s not what you’re used to seeing. When photographing children and animals, why not get on their eye level? It makes the final image much more involved and full of action.  


Leading Lines

Leading lines: Look around you for strong lines in the environment that will lead people into your image. This can be a winding path heading into the distance or the bold lines of the ceiling of a church. Take the photo so that one or more of these lines hits the corner of the image to really draw people into your shot. 


Rule of Thirds grid
Rule of thirds: A lot of cameras will overlay a grid onto your image to help you use the ‘rule of thirds’. Placing the subject along the lines of this grid is a great way to aid the composition of your photo, and break away from the classic approach of placing your subject in the centre of the image.


Story Telling - taken on  iPhone near Willingham Woods, Market Rasen
Story telling: Images that suggest a story, that you could imagine being used for a book cover, always grab attention. A lone figure, not looking at the camera or perhaps even turned away, suggests a mystery. Doors slightly ajar, the corner or a building up ahead, abandoned things, all these make the viewer wonder what has happened, or what will happen next. 


Golden Hour
Golden Hour: Sunrise and sunset bring an unusual light to any scene, and it is well worth travelling to a local beauty spot to capture it at this time. As well as having the place to yourself, the landscape will look more magical than normal, with golden light and long shadows. If you’re lucky, you'll catch a fabulous sky too – one of the things West Lindsey is famous for!

The judging panel will be led by West Lindsey councillors and will include representatives from partner organisations including the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service, Push Creativity and the University of Lincoln.

How to enter: The West Lindsey District Council Photo Competition is open to amateur photographers only. All entries should be emailed to: photo2016@west-lindsey.gov.uk with a short title, including where in the district it was taken, no later than 1 September 2015 or shared on the West Lindsey District Council Facebook page.

Entries via post should be of good quality and addressed to: West Lindsey Photo Competition, Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough, DN21 2NA.

A high-resolution copy, (at least 1mb) must be available should you be selected for the calendar’s shortlist.

By sharing an image you are certifying that you have the rights to distribute your picture. In order to qualify for calendar entry you will be asked to supply your name, address and a telephone number. By submitting your images you also consent to West Lindsey District Council using these images for its own publicity.

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

The NEW Stephen Langton Trail includes Six Festival Churches


Pick up the Spring/Summer issue of Good Taste Magazine for a feature on the new Stephen Langton Trail that passes through or near six festival churches where you can stop for refreshments or even lunch (at Fiskerton). Click on the names to open each churches' pages of this site:
  1. Langton open 16/17th May
  2. Wragby (nearby) open 16/17th May 
  3. Apley open 16/17th May 
  4. Fiskerton   9/10th May including Lunches!
  5. Greetwell open 9/10th May 
  6. Cherry Willingham (nearby) open 9/10th May
Click this link to read more at the Visit Lincoln website

Click this link to view and download the PDF of the trail 

The trail is a 16.5 mile walking trail from the birthplace of Archbishop Stephen Langton, key in the sealing of Magna Carta, to the historic city of Lincoln.

The Stephen Langton Trail starts at the Lincolnshire village of Langton-by-Wragby, birthplace of Archbishop Stephen Langton, and takes a meandering and picturesque 16.5 mile walk to historic Lincoln and Lincoln Castle, home to an original copy of the 1215 Magna Carta.




The trail is split into three sections to allow for all abilities and so the walk can be split up over a space of time:
  • Section One leads from Langton-by-Wragby to Apley through the Lincolnshire Limewood Nature Reserve (4 miles)
  • Section Two from Thistle Storr Wood near Apley to Fiskerton along the Viking Way (6¼ miles)
  • Section Three follows the River Witham Valley from Fiskerton on a delightful riverside walk to Lincoln's Cathedral Quarter (6¼ miles).
The tiny Apley marks the middle of the trail
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Gallery: Annual Conference 2015

Over 100 people representing the festival churches joined us in the prestigious surroundings of Hemswell Court 


Firstly a thank you presentation to Irmgard Parrott, tireless volunteer with our festival for many years, well done Irmgard!


Then an hour's talk by Mr Vic Hughes on the Magna Carta - highly entertaining and very informative!


Then it was over to marketing and PR ladies Angela Montague and Linda Patrick who updated everyone on last year's successes and talked about aims for 2015 and even 2016! A PDF of their slides can be viewed at this link: Marketing & PR Presentation


Then an inspirational talk by Archdeacon Tim Barker on church tourism and the importance of involving the wider community in your churches, including people who would not usually step into a church!


And the event was very nicely finished off with a delightful lunch in the beautiful Georgian dining room


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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Welcome to The West Lindsey Churches Festival (Lincolnshire) 2015


Welcome to West Lindsey’s 2015 Churches Festival – a celebration of everything that a church has to offer... rich architecture... a wealth of heritage... beautiful stained glass and carvings... and a welcoming oasis of peace, tranquillity and spirituality. 


Whatever you seek from a church we are sure to be able to please. This year 86 churches are opening their doors over the two weekends. Click this link to open a PDF of the 2015 brochure: CHURCHES FESTIVAL 2015 PDF

Numerous exciting activities are, once again, taking place for your enjoyment. Why not follow the organ trail on Saturday 9th May, visiting the four churches of Newton on Trent, Owmby by Spital, Spridlington and Hackthorn. Other musical treats in store can be found at Grayingham, Nettleton and Caistor.

History is an obvious feature to our festival. In 2015 we are celebrating the 800th year since the sealing of the Magna Carta, the document which became the foundation of our civil liberties and law. At the tiny hamlet of Langton by Wragby sits St Giles’ church with its stained glass window that is dedicated to Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury and the principal architect of the Magna Carta. Join in the 800th anniversary celebrations and learn more from the themed displays.





We have a few new churches taking part this year. For the first time, the doors of St Thomas of Canterbury will be open. This grade II listed building, tucked away in the heart of Gainsborough is a must to visit. Also, during the first week of the festival the tiny St Edmunds Chapel at Spital in the Street will welcome you. So why not pop along to this medieval hospital and uncover its secrets.







Remember the earthquake of 2008 St Peter’s at East Stockwith was badly damaged as a result. Its renovation is now told in a photographic display within the church.

Once again exhibitions feature prominently during the weekends: the exhibition of teddies and toys being staged at Scampton, “Family Life” at Snitterby, bee keeping at Legsby and a “tea towel tour” at North Kelsey.





Has Christmas come early this year? Well, they certainly think so at Fillingham… peep inside to see why...

Alternatively, if all you want is a bit of time to yourself, to relax in the quiet of a beautiful spiritual building, then make sure you choose one of the self-nominated “quiet” churches, including Knaith, Snelland, Usselby and Normaby by Spital.




Many churches will have refreshments, ranging from tea, coffee and biscuits to a traditional full cooked English Breakfast. Lunches are also being served at some of our churches.


Hackthorne
We hope you enjoy our festival and that you tell your friends about your experiences here in West Lindsey. We know many of you visit year after year and for that we thank you for your support in making this one of the biggest and best Churches Festivals in the country. Not only are you supporting our church heritage, you are also supporting many of our small villages. This support will help ensure that the lovely community spirit that binds these rural Lincolnshire villages together stays forever. Let’s make sure 2015 is a great year.





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Walesby • All Saints: "The Rambler's Church"

The Ramblers Church, Walesby, photo by Tim Heaton, source
This iconic medieval church stands in solitary dignity overlooking the village of Walesby on the Viking Way. Also known as the Ramblers Church, the view from the church is quite spectacular.

View from the church over the Wolds, by Chris McKenna, source
A beautiful stained glass window depicting walkers and cyclists is inside. Recently substantial work was carried out on the Tower to make it safe to ring the 8 bells. All Saints is about 3.25miles NE of Market Rasen and stands on the Viking Way at one of the highest spots in Lincolnshire. All Saints described by John Betjeman as "an exceptionally attractive church worth bicycling twelve miles against the wind to see".  Access only by a footpath up a steep hill

The Ramblers Window, photo source
There are links to The Friends on http://lincoln.ourchurchweb.org.uk/walesby

Postcode: LN8 3UR, click here to find on Google Maps

Open: 16-17th May, Saturday dawn to dusk • Sunday dawn to dusk

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Tealby • All Saints

Tealby All Saints, photo by Gary Brothwell, source
An attractive church on a quiet Wolds valley – the village has high wooded hills and a sparkling stream beginning its journey to the sea. Traditional farmhouse teas and refreshments are available on both days – plants, home-made preserves and other goodies are available for sale. There will be a display connected to the life and works of Lord Tennyson with poetry readings each day and an evening of music led by a local organist on Saturday at 7pm.

Postcode: LN8 3XXclick here to find on Google Maps


Open: 16-17th May, Saturday 10am-4pm • Sunday 10am-4pm

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South Kelsey • St Mary


South Kelsey St Mary, photo by David Wright, source
St Mary’s church was originally built around 1228 and rebuilt 1795 leaving the original tower in place. In the Chancel are effigies made of brass of Sir Richard Hansard, Sheriff of Lincoln in 1419, and his wife Joan. There will be a local history exhibition in church, a plant sale and craft demonstrations as well as organ music.

Postcode: LN7 6PHclick here to find on Google Maps

Open: 16-17th May, 
Saturday 10am-5pm • Sunday 11am-4.30pm


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