The community at St Andrew’s Church in Stewton is celebrating the end of a massive programme of work that has taken three years to complete.
The work included restoring gravestones which had been damaged by a fallen tree, and establishing a traditionally layered hedge.
A group of volunteers carried out the work under the guidance of Matthew Davey, from Lincolnshire County Council.
Inside the church, the walls have been plastered by a specialist in lime mortar plaster and the woodwork polished. There is also a new modern toilet, built to complement the ancient stone church.
All of this has been achieved with the help of grants from charitable organisations and substantial funding from Lincolnshire County Council and East Lindsay District Council. Councillors Hugo Marfleet and Adam Grist were instrumental in supporting the project. Generous help also came from the army of volunteers who have worked tirelessly alongside the professionals to make this community project possible. The new toilet also means the building can now be used for a range of purposes for those who need a place for meetings and lectures. The ribbon was cut by Keith Lindop, whose late wife Rosemary was one of those involved in the church improvements, and a donation towards the work was made in her memory. H is pictured with Louth mayor Sue Locking and the Rev Robert Mansfield.