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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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

North Kelsey • All Hallows



Photo David Purchase, source.

All Hallows has a Saxon tower which houses three bells. The main body of the church was rebuilt in Victorian times. There is a very old carved tombstone in the chancel, origins unknown. The inside is quite simple but the light in the early morning is particularly appealing to photographers. There are various historical gems to be discovered and a guide will be available to point them out. The closed graveyard attracts wildlife and is a calm place for reflection.

Postcode: LN7 6EXclick here to find on Google Maps

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

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Legsby • St Thomas



Photograph by Richard Croft, source.

St Thomas’ is on a delightful high point in the village – medieval in origin it has 15th century West window and arch and also a Norman font. The Lychgate entrance is dedicated to those who lost their lives in WWI. There will be displays of bee keeping and of Legsby Old School Community Centre refurbishment Project; which aims to return this historic characterful grade II building to community use. Fresh beef rolls and drinks etc will be available.

Postcode: LN8 3QWclick here to find on Google Maps

Open: 16-17th May, Saturday 11am-3pm • Sunday 11am-3pm

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Kirkby cum Osgodby • St Andrew



Photograph by Richard Croft, source.

St Andrew’s is a Grade 2 listed building with many interesting features including a chancel which is at a slight angle to the rest of the church, asymmetrical East window and three ancient bells dating from the 16th century. Plant stall and Cake stall. 

Postcode: LN8 3PEclick here to find on Google Maps

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

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