Sneak Preview: West Lindsey Churches Festival 2019 featuring #LincsSconeathon

Step into history for free this May and indulge in Lincolnshire’s first ‘Sconeathon’, as 95 churches and chapels open their doors amidst the stunning Lincolnshire Wolds and West Lindsey landscapes.

The West Lindsey Churches Festival lets you explore a wide range of heritage sites covering many periods and styles, including Grade I listed buildings and fascinating historic objects of national importance. To celebrate the event's 23rd year, church volunteers are putting on Lincolnshire’s first ‘Sconeathon’, where scones of every variety are being freshly baked for visitors to sample, in around half of the churches taking part. Unusual scone combinations, such as chilli and chocolate, will be on offer along with those created from secret family recipes and, of course, the classic fruit or cheese varieties. The challenge is to taste as many types of scones as you can over the four days, sharing photos in social media using #LincsSconeathon. Highlights include the Riby St Edmund's "Sconeoff", an exhibition tracing local scone ingredients at St Helen, Willingham by Stow, plus twice baked and gluten-free scones at St Mary's Claxby.

The festival also offers visitors delicious homemade lunches and Organ Trails of live music recitals.  The festival takes place over two weekends, 11-12th and 18-19th May, and is made possible by over 700 volunteers.

Waddingworth - St Margaret

St Margarets Church, Waddingworth
New for the 2018 Festival: Waddingworth - St Margaret

The church is dedicated to St Margaret of Antioch and stands at the centre of old Lincolnshire. There is a 13th-century cross base within the churchyard. The west gable has a headstone which dates to the 1200s, this has been reused as a date stone in the rebuild in 1807. In 1546 Lord Mayor of London was Sir Henry Hubertson who was from Waddingworth. The Village is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as Wadingurde.


Postcode: LN10 5EE click here to find on Google Maps

Open: 12-13th May - Saturday 10am-4pm • Sunday 10am-4pm

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Keelby - St Bartholomew

NEW for the 2018 festival: Keelby - St Bartholomew

Keelby St Bartholomew by  David Wright*

Our 12th-century church will be open and decorated with flowers. 19th and 20th-century registers will be displayed with photographs and memorabilia. A commemorative war banner hangs by the altar and includes two who perished on the Lusitania. There is a memorial to Pte Arthur Jackson who was killed in France in 1917. Find a bust to Alice South who was wooed by the “Flower of Youth” but remained a “lonely widow.” Refreshments will be served.

Postcode: LN8 3BB click here to find on Google Maps

Open: 12-13th May - Saturday 10am-4pm • Sunday 12noon-4pm

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*David Wright [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Swallow - Holy Trinity

Swallow - Holy Trinity
Copyright John Firth and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
NEW for the 2018 festival: Swallow - Holy Trinity

A lovingly restored church apparently Victorian but including elements from many periods right back to the late Saxon. Photographs of village life, copies of the parish registers, census returns etc all contribute to the local history display and archive.

Postcode: LN7 6DL click here to find on Google Maps

Open: 12-13th May - Saturday 10.30am-4.30pm & Sunday 12noon-4.30pm

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