St Bartholomew’s church plans a range of activities to increase the involvement of the village and surrounding parishes in our heritage of a beautiful building. We had a successful Gala weekend in summer 2014, with a beer festival and a flower festival, and this was successfully repeated in 2015, with posters to explain the repair work and development planned. Many from the village came to enjoy a friendly and welcoming atmosphere in the church. We heard of some villagers who had never been in the church before and were able to discover its charm and admire its architecture. We had a successful harvest supper in 2014, and members of several churches in the Group and people from the village brought their meal and wine to the church, to enjoy dinner and each other’s company. This was repeated on Saturday 26th September 2015, with apple and plum crumble for dessert and ending with the entertaining auction of a bottle of wine to start the fund raising for the planned servery.
The activities planned include research into the church and village history, in particular the role of the Victorian era rector, Rev James Hildyard. We have collected material on the church and its history that needs to be brought together for a new Guide Book and for the further development of this web site. We plan suitable parish church events, a programme of talks in the church, the production of a new Guide book with display boards in the church, and the establishment of a church maintenance group. We hope to expand contact with the village school and some of the pupils have been to the church for a history project of ‘if buildings could speak’. Other activities are being considered, and we need volunteers to help us.
If you are interested in helping, please go to the Contact page and let us know.
Don’t forget the Lincoln Diocese web site, where you will find more opportunities to volunteer to research the history of other churches, at www.lincoln.anglican.org, as well as a great many resources to help you in your own church.