Horncastle Deanery Churches in the spotlight as new two-day festival gets under way

Langton St Margaret EMN-170827-082351001
Langton St Margaret EMN-170827-082351001

Over the weekend of September 9 and 10 a new event will see 36 churches and chapels in the Horncastle Deanery open their doors to the public.

The Horncastle and Villages Festival builds on the outstanding success of the West Lindsey Churches Festival (now in its 21st year) with members of the West Lindsey team lending their expertise to the new venture to give many East Lindsey churches a turn in the spotlight.

Langton by Wragby  St Giles EMN-170827-082316001

Langton by Wragby St Giles EMN-170827-082316001

All 54 churches in the deanery have been encouraged to have an open door over the weekend, but 36 churches are fully embracing the festival, offering visitors organ trails, flower displays, themed exhibitions, lunches and homemade cakes.

Organiser Linda Patrick says she’s delighted to be involved in this new event at the very beginning.

She said: “As someone who’s very passionate about church tourism, I’m so pleased that this open churches weekend will give people another reason to visit Lincolnshire and its beautiful places of worship.

“Here’s to making our county a major destination for those that love to explore churches!”

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Langton by Wragby St Giles EMN-170827-082334001

From Snelland in the west to Ashby Peurorum in the east, there is plenty to see.

Here is just some of what is going on.

Belchford

A small exhibition and information on the Lincolnshire Rising.

An example of the robes to be on display in St Mary's Church, Horncastle EMN-170827-151531001

An example of the robes to be on display in St Mary's Church, Horncastle EMN-170827-151531001

Coningsby

Featuring a unique one-handed clock, the church will be hosting a wedding exhibition.

Horncastle

Exhibition of church vestments and altar frontals, including items from Lincoln Cathedral

Stainfield St Andrew EMN-170827-082148001

Stainfield St Andrew EMN-170827-082148001

Revesby

On the Sunday, there will be demonstrations by the Revesby Spinners and Weavers, while tea will be served to the music of the Mareham Silver Band.

Roughton

The theme will be floral arrangements and other items for wedding celebrations and anniversaries.

West Ashby

Crafts, cream teas and barbeque over the weekend.

Stainfield St Andrew EMN-170827-082525001

Stainfield St Andrew EMN-170827-082525001

More information

Full details are in the festival brochure. Log on to www.horncastlechurchesfestival.co.uk

Rand St Oswald EMN-170827-082413001

Rand St Oswald EMN-170827-082413001

Langton St Giles EMN-170827-082302001

Langton St Giles EMN-170827-082302001

Kirkby on Bain St Mary EMN-170827-082247001

Kirkby on Bain St Mary EMN-170827-082247001

Scrivelsby St Benedict EMN-170827-082427001

Scrivelsby St Benedict EMN-170827-082427001