We very much hope that the festival will resume once again in 2021.
Thank you to all church stewards, committee and all our lovely visitors for your support in this decision.”
Paul Howitt-Cowan, Chair, West Lindsey Churches Festival Committee
Scones originated in Scotland, in the early 1500s, when they were made with oats and baked on a griddle. They became popular and an essential part of the fashionable ritual of taking tea in England when Anna, the Duchess of Bedford (1788 – 1861), one late afternoon, ordered the servants to bring tea and some sweet breads, which included scones. She was so delighted by this, that she ordered it every afternoon and what now has become an English tradition is the Afternoon Tea Time,” precisely at 4pm.
Our churches have once again risen to the challenge to partake in this “sconeathon” and see how any different varieties they can come up with.
The Sconeathon challenge to the festival visitor is to taste as many types of scones as you can over the four days, sharing photos in social media using the hashtag #LincsSconeathon.
Why not join in with the RIBY SCONE OFF on Saturday 9th May?
Try your hand at baking four scones in the category you wish to enter and our panel of judges will select a winner from each category. Choose and enter one or more of the following:
• Traditional Scone
• Signature Scone
• Children’s Scone (under 12 years)
Bring your baked scones between 12.30pm-3pm for judging at 3.30pm.
All the churches listed below have indicated they are taking part. So, whilst on your travels, why not try a few and message us on Facebook or Twitter to let us know your favourites…
Sconeathon Churches 9-10 May
Brocklesby, All Saints
Claxby, St Mary
Holton cum Beckering, All Saints
Market Rasen, New Life
Nettleton, St John the Baptist
Rand, St Oswald
Riby, St Edmunds
Searby cum Owmby, St Nicholas
Snelland, All Saints
Stainfield, St Andrew
Tealby, All Saints
Wickenby, St Peter & St Lawrence
Wragby, All Saints
Sconeathon Churches 16-17 May
Bishop Norton, St Peter
Blyton, St Martin
Fiskerton, St Clement of Rome
Gainsborough, United Reformed
Grayingham, St Radegund
Hackthorn, St Michael & All Angels
Messingham, Holy Trinity
Morton, St Paul
Nettleham, All Saints
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Saxby, St Helen
Scotter, St Peter
Snitterby, St Nicholas