Claxby • St Mary

Claxby St Mary - Copyright Churches Festival
On a site used from pre-Roman times. There has been a church here since at least 1300. Restored in 1870 but with 14th and 15th century features. Grand Jacobean monument, modern and Victorian stained glass, five bells - medieval and Victorian. Wildlife Trust display. Cakes and plants for sale.

SATURDAY 20th May, 11.00am -12.30 pm. Join with the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service to learn how to survey a churchyard - and how you can manage it as a God's Acre. Part of the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival Launch

Churchyards and cemeteries can provide a variety of habitats, supporting a wide range of species. Many older churchyards contain grassland which is the remnant of ancient meadows, supporting species lost or in decline in the surrounding countryside. The church and associated buildings itself may contain roosting or breeding sites for bats, swifts and barn owls, whilst the stone of the church, headstones and memorials often support a rich diversity of lichen, liverwort, moss and fern flora. Mature trees are often found within the site or form part of the boundary, many of which are specimen yew trees.

The God's Acre Project works with church community groups in helping develop projects. This often involves providing advice and practical help in managing churchyards for wildlife, providing notice boards to keep residents and visitors alike informed of community activities, or benches so people can have a sit-down and watch the world go by. Each churchyard, and church community is different and there is no standard way to manage them.

Join with Helen Gamble, Project Officer at the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service as she shows how to survey a churchyard and then offers suggestions on how to manage it for wildlife, history and people.

Look for the memorial window commemorating the life of George Ogg a local postman who died in 1971. This was created by Michael Farrar Bell who lived 1911 to 1993

Memorial Window for Georg Ogg - Copyright Churches Festival
As you open the door... Copyright Churches Festival
Altar Frontal

View the lovely new altar frontal designed and embroidered by the Cathedral embroiderers guild to commemorate the life or Rene Barton.

The beautiful altar frontal was purchased in 2014 with money donated from the family of Mrs Renee Barton in memory of their mother, a long-term resident of Claxby and former church warden. 

It was designed and worked by the ladies of the Lincoln Cathedral Needlework Guild. The design combines two themes:  the Virgin Mary (to whom this church is dedicated) and flowers and insects found in country gardens (because of Renee’s love of her garden).

Altar Frontal - Copyright Churches Festival

Understanding the altar frontal

A lovely way to think of the altar frontal is as a representation in embroidery of a Mary garden. This was a medieval tradition where the flowers in a garden were used to depict Mary’s virtues and events in her life; the garden then became a place for meditation and prayer. Similar themes are also found in Flemish and Belgian tapestries of the 14th and 15th centuries.

Central Cross

Fleur de Lys and Mystic rose are symbols of the Virgin Mary

Super frontal

Ivy - life eternal (because it is evergreen) and fidelity because it always clings to its support Clover leaf - the Trinity

Frontal Orphreys (side panels)

Violet - humility
Daisy -   innocence
Lily - purity of the Virgin Mary
Iris also known as the sword lily and used to portray the sorrow of the Virgin Mary for the Passion of our Lord
Narcissus – the triumph of Divine love over death
Columbine – the Holy Spirit because of its resemblance to a dove (columba is Latin for dove)
Acacia – immortality because of the durability of its wood

The Butterfly - resurrection
Bee - diligence and sense of order
Snail – slow cautious attitude

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