Sconeathon

Love scones? Then you will love travelling around the area visiting some of the many churches that are taking part in the West Lindsey Churches Festival's first ever “Sconeathon!”

To celebrate the event's 23rd year, 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 Sconetahon 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.

Highlights include

Riby St Edmund "Scone Off" on 18th May

Try your hand at baking four scones in the category you wish to enter and our panel of judges (including Lincolnshire celebrity chef Rachel Green) will select a winner from each category. Choose and enter one or more of the following:
  • Traditional Scone
  • Signature Savoury Scone 
  • Signature Sweet Scone
  • Children's Scone Sweet or Savoury (under 12 years)
  • Children's Traditional Scone (under 12 years)
Bring your baked scones between 12.30pm-3pm for judging at 3.30pm.

Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Scone Weekend
  • Scone Recipe Book
  • Display of a variety of scones
  • Exhibition on the production of the basic scone ingredients from local sources
  • Scones and cream teas.
Plus twice baked and gluten-free scones at St Mary's, Claxby.

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 sweetbreads, 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.

We have challenged our churches to partake in this “sconeathon” and see how many different varieties they can come up with.

Churches taking part in Sconeathon are

11-12 May 2019

Blyborough, St Alkmund
Blyton, St Martin
Brattleby, St Cuthbert
Cherry Willingam, St Peter & St Paul
Corringham, St Lawrence
Gainsborough, All Saints
Gainsborough, United Reformed
Glentworth, St Michael
Grayingham, St Radegund
Hackthorn, St Michael & All Angels
Kettlethorpe, St Peter & St Paul
Knaith, St Mary
Messingham, Holy Trinity
Morton, St Paul
Nettleham, All Saints
Pilham, All Saints
Reepham, St Peter & St Paul
Saxby, St Helen
Scampton, St John the Baptist
Scotter, St Peter
Scotton, St Genewys
Willingham by Stow, St Helen

18-19 May 2019

Claxby, St Mary
Cuxwold, St Nicholas
East Barkwith, St Mary
Grasby, All Saints
Hainton, St Mary
Holton cum Beckering, All Saints
Market Rasen, Holy Rood
Market Rasen, New Life
Nettleton, St John the Baptist
Rand, St Oswald
Riby, St Edmunds
Snelland, All Saints
Stainfield, St Andrew
Swallow, Holy Trinity
Tealby, All Saints
Thoresway, St Mary
Wickenby, St Peter & St Lawrence
Wragby, All Saints
Wragby, Methodist

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