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Faldingworth Parish News


We are holding two services in our beautiful Church. Please do come along and join us – The first one is being held on 10th March at 4pm, this will be a service to celebrate Mothering Sunday – we hope to have lots of children there and their Mums.

The next service is a community led service which will be held on 7th April at 10.30am.

Everyone will be made very welcome!



Fair Acres Federation (partnered with Normanby by Spital Primary School)

It was lovely to head to the Broadbent Theatre to see Cinderella in term 1. The cast and production team were amazing, and we all enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of entertainment. Thank you to our FOFS and all who support the school with fundraising for making this possible. FOFS would also like to thank everyone who attended the Quiz at the village hall on 10 th  February and for the generous raffle donations. There will be an FOFS Easter Fair at Faldingworth School on Wed 27 th  March at 5pm. If there are any stallholders who would like to join in, please contact the school, all we ask is for a donation to our raffle.

Linked to our school values, we are focusing this term on being fair,  Galahad Class (year 5 and 6) had a visit from the Magistrate court this term. It was an opportunity to learn what laws are, who makes our laws and the age of criminal responsibility. The experience helped pupils to understand what a magistrate's court is and what magistrates do. It developed their awareness of the thin line between bad choices and crime. It was fascinating to play roles in a ‘mock trial' and understand the process of decision-making in court.

In January, we welcomed Joseph Begley who does the breakfast show on Lincs FM. He came in to chat to 5 of our children. Each child gave a clue for the 'Hide and Seek' game which airs every morning on the breakfast show. The children had to describe a famous place for the listeners to guess the mystery location. This was a great experience for them.

Next term, we will be teaming up with the Stay Safe Partnership to take part in a series of Healthy Minds workshops. This will involve groups of pupils in KS2. It includes three two-hour workshop style classes which provide children with a solid foundation for positive mental health and wellbeing. These children will become our healthy mind ambassadors. Mini first aid has expanded its award-winning kids programme to include mental health first aid. Our pupils created a film for ‘Safer Internet Day' on Feb 6 th . We are proud that our pupils are helping to educate others about key messages to help us all keep safe when using our devices at home or at school. You can view this by following Faldingworth School on Facebook.

Next term promises to be busy with World Book Day, Comic Relief, school trips, Easter celebrations and more.

If you are looking for a school place, please contact the school to arrange a visit. Tel 01673 885366. There are more details on the school website. There is also a preschool ‘Little Jesters' on the site (ages 2-4yrs)



.................. with Gary Fenwick


It's the time of year that hedgehogs will be waking up from their hibernation, so I thought that I would make a plea. Given that hedgehogs can walk up to two miles in a night to find food or look for a mate, the ability to roam freely is really important. They therefore need gaps in garden fences or a space under gates to get around. What they actually need is a space 13cm x 13cm to walk through, which fortunately would be too small for the majority of cats and dogs. You and your neighbours could create a hedgehog highway by cutting a hole in your fence or removing a brick or two from the bottom of a wall, you could even purchase a hedgehog friendly gravel board if needed.  

My own boundary has natural gaps under my fences, and I am sure that will be the case for many. Interestingly, the only hedgehog I saw last year was in a strip of garden that I left to mow until after May….no mow May! You could also put out a saucer of meat-based pet food, to supplement their regular insect diet, but always ensure that a dish of water is also available. Additionally, do please try to avoid using Slug Pellets and if you have a garden pond (a great idea) make sure that there are several gently sloping slipways around the edge of the water to allow animals to escape if they fall in.

Gary Fenwick - April 24


45th RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

On 27 th January the community focussed Market Rasen library participated in the 45th RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and I was invited to help identify the birds (and take along my binoculars and telescope!) The event had been publicised for children, even though the national event is citizen science for all ages, but it was wonderful to have lots of primary school children's eyes excitedly looking out for the birds and being disappointed when the many Gulls just flew over, so we weren't able to count them!

In the hour we spotted eight species of bird, but the aspect of the morning which I enjoyed the most was to see the wonder and interest that the children had for the birds. I had Logan, who was thrilled to see a Woodpigeon through the telescope, he said it looked so close and he thought he was “picking up food for his family” and I had Bobby, who went through the ‘Birds of the British Isles' book and was intrigued by the fact that I had seen so many of them! One child got upset when he couldn't see a Dunnock in a tree, and I thought I know how you feel! But the Mums and Dads who brought their children along, will be taking their children out and about, notebooks in hand, and they will be recording the birds they see…and we therefore have another generation who care about the natural world around us. Priceless!


So, moths are all dull, plain, brown pests that chew through the vegetables, or even your clothes! If that's what you thought, then think again! And if you like nature and think you need to travel far and wide to see living creatures that you've never seen before, then I can tell you that's not the case! In all but the coldest winter nights, put out a white sheet, shine a torch on it and creatures you've never seen before will appear as if by magic. Scientists don't really know why moths are attracted to light, but I bought a moth trap in March and since then I've identified 1,286 moths of 191 different species. There are around 2,500 moth species in the UK and only 59, at a push, butterfly species. So, I've got a lot more to see!

Science has proven that moths pollinate our plants more efficiently than butterflies and they come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Look at the pictures of two common moths below, both from my garden this year. But moths only fly at night I hear you say. Well, no - there are approximately 130 species of day flying moths, more than double the number of butterflies.

Don't get me wrong, butterflies are great too, but there is a whole world out there, in your garden and elsewhere, of stunning insects to delight and intrigue. As my 2 year-old grand-son said when I showed him a Canary-shouldered Thorn - ”Wow”.

Gary Fenwick Feb 24

Often, when in the countryside and if you're vigilant, something can surprise you. In mid-October I was walking around Covenham Reservoir (looking for and finding an uncommon Slavonian Grebe), when I spotted something peculiarly white in some trees close to the reservoir. Looking through my binoculars I could see it was a rare albino squirrel, amazingly after a couple of minutes I spotted another one close by!  

Albino squirrels are incredibly rare, with estimates suggesting that there is only one albino squirrel for every 100,000 regular squirrels or just 50 in the UK. They have white fur with red eyes because they lack melanin (the pigment that gives your hair and skin colour). Albinism is an inherited genetic mutation, so it's clear that the two I saw must be siblings. They should be able to live the normal 3-5 years for a squirrel, although their brightness does make them more visible to predators!

Gary Fenwick dec 23

When I was a very young man I remember my dad took me to a slideshow about the birds of the Highlands and the expert speaker showed some footage of an Osprey diving into a loch and catching a fish. I was mesmerised by what I saw and I vowed there and then that one day I would see an Osprey in the wild. I even hoped that I might one day be lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to see the holy grail….an Osprey hunting!  

Fast forward 45 years and I have achieved that ambition multiple times. The last time was on 7th September when an Osprey showed the fishermen at Toft Newton Reservoir (TNR) how to do it, after it emerged from a plunge into the cold water with a sizeable trout (see picture). I now know that the bird in question was a 5-year-old ringed in the nest in the Scottish Highlands and a bird which this year bred in the Tweed valley. It was migrating from there to West Africa, obviously using TNR to refuel. It will take 20 flying days to get to its winter destination.  

Strangely I saw an Osprey at TNR in 1994, 95 and 96 and then there was a 25 year gap before my next one, on 2nd Sept 2021 and then I saw one last year and again this year! I wonder when the next one will be!?

Gary Fenwick Nov 23

I have been asked to follow up my article last month with some further musings about my wildlife experiences. The request came the day after a very exciting encounter with a rare bird, so there was no need to think about what to write about!

I have been going to my local patch, on and off, since my first visit on 15 th  November 1992.   The concrete bowl which is Toft Newton Reservoir doesn't immediately strike you as a productive place for birds, but when you watch the same place time and again, you get lucky and see interesting birds passing through regularly.  In the past three years (semi-retirement has wonderfully given me more time), I have visited at least 150 times each year. On 31 st  July I was present on the patch, nice and early, and had walked more than halfway round without anything of note to see. Then out of nowhere, under the gathering grey skies, a Gull appeared, but it looked a bit strange. I lifted my binoculars to my eyes and immediately saw that the Gull was actually a large Tern, with a prominent red bill, a rare Caspian Tern. The British Birds Rarities Committee have already asked for photographs and a description, something in a lifetime of birding I've never been asked for before ! 

Gary Fenwick ( Sept 23)



This morning I found the impressive Privet Hawk-moth (picture attached), with a wingspan of up to 12cm, which I caught in my moth trap (all moths are released unharmed!). The picture doesn't really give justice to what is a fearsome looking moth! (The moth is on an egg box because that's what I put on the bottom of the trap).I started mothing, to add to my birding and butterflying, only in April this year and I have seen 69 species of moth in that time. It's amazing to discover what's lurking in our gardens at night, you can attract in a trap tiny micro-moths, beetles and macro moths in an amazing array of shapes, sizes and colours.

The Privet Hawk-moth generally flies in just June and July and is Britain's largest breeding moth. In the north of Lincolnshire, we are towards the northern limit of its range. They feed on, wild and garden Privet ( Ligustrum ), Holly, Honeysuckle, Snowberry, Vibernum tinus, Forsythia and a few other plants. Who knows what I might find next time!

Gary Fenwick (August 23 ed)


Scarecrow update

Faldingworth Scarecrows' show is always a weekend in July. – Visit Tracy Mildson's photo montage in the year when the theme was holidays and lookout for sunbathers, skiers, canal boats, pony trekking and more!

Find us on Facebook for updates - Faldingworth Community Primary School or Faldingworth School and Community Scarecrow Festival.


Faldingworth Coffee Mornings

Coffee mornings take place at Faldingworth village hall every Wednesday from 10am – 11.30am in aid of All Saints Church, Faldingworth. We always follow Covid-19 protocol.

Wilf Moxon





Toft Newton Parish News


Newtoft Village Hall welcomes Faldingworth & District WI ....... see above for details

Whats on / News from Newtoft, Toft Newton


Join us at one of the Toft Newton village hall Bingo's on 13 th May. (Then 10th June, 22nd July, 19th August) A fun night out – do join us, everyone is always welcome.


Residents are keeping busy doing some urban gardening in what were pieces of waste ground around the village. It's all starting to look great with the various flowers and shrubs.  

The craft club is looking for new members to go along and spend an evening crafting and having a catch up. Tea/coffee and biscuits are included in a small fee on the night. The club usually meets twice monthly. If you're interested, please contact Brigette Carpenter for more information.  

Don't forget Bingo is on again and Pilates is on Thursday evenings.  

Pat Macrae 


Newton By Toft

NEWTON CHURCHYARD Over the years and well before my time, I have been told that there was a hedge in front of our church, apparently, behind the hedge there was a wilderness of long grass and blackberry briers when the grounds were unattended. Since those days someone in their turns, and not always someone who lived in the village, has maintained the church grounds as it is today.

There are always nice comments of how well the church and grounds look in the centre of the village, which is now open for all to see. The very healthy church grounds donation tin has been going now for two years, this being the third and all donations are kept and recorded. The funds go towards maintenance of the mower and is being saved for the day when the village lawn mower needs replacing! The donation tin originally started when I began cutting the grass after Charlie Mallinson regretfully became unwell and was unable to cut it. I, like many others before me, who have cut the grass, take nothing out of the tin.

I personally would like to thank all of you who have put your donations in an envelope and marked it with your name and address, and delivered it to me, so that the records and yearly accounts can be updated. Finally, for those of you who are unsure, the Churchyard donation tin is totally independent from Church funds. With the Church being in the middle of the village, with your kind donations, I can keep the village looking tidy, so thank you all.
Charlie Albone




Toft Tots – Thursdays, Toft Newton Community Centre, 9.15– 11.00, Term Time only

Football .......

Walking Football –Tuesdays, Newtoft Community Centre, 7.30-8.30pm, 16yrs plus

Children's Football – Fridays, 6-7pm, Newtoft Community Centre, Trainers / Footie Boots needed, Outside Play!


Newtoft Pups .... Come on you Pups!

Fitness by Dance ~ A class every Tuesday 6.30-7.30 at the New Toft Village Hall .... £ 2. New dancers always welcome. Contact is Steph Orr 01673 885573

Friesthorpe Village


Wragby & the Torringtons


Isobelle Burnett of Oakleigh Decorating & Property Maintenance based in West Torrington has won through to the National finals of The Painting and Decorating Associations Apprentice Premier Trophy Award competition.   Isobelle has competed in the competition twice now, this year reaching the final after winning the Midlands Regional competition. The finals take place in Milton Keynes in November.

Skillbuild is the largest and longest running multi-trade competition in the U.K. for construction apprentices.   Regional competitions are held for each trade and the top 8-point scorers for each trade across the regional competitions go through to the National final.   The winner of the National final may go on to compete in the Euroskills competition, which is taking place in Gdansk this year.  

There is also a World skills competition which will take place in Lyon in 2024. The World skills final features over 1000 competitors from 63 countries in 56 different trades.  Isobelle is in her final year as an apprentice.  

Oakleigh Decorating & Property Maintenance.   (Tel 07909726585)

Congratulations Isobelle on getting to the final. Please let us know how you get on in the final – we will all keep our fingers crossed for you – Good luck! From us all at the Community Spirit.


Hainton Village




April 28 th - Mayfair Rock & Roll Club – Disco with Jukebox Jordan on the patio.  

May 19 th   - Steve Mason - D.J. Dr. Swing on the patio - 40's Afternoon  

May 26 th - Mayfair Rock & Roll Club - Disco with Jukebox Jordan on the patio.  

May 31 st   - Beer Festival   - 6.30pm Pile Driver – Status Quo Tribute Act  

8.00pm Sammy Solo local vocalist - Classics from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 9.30pm When Two Wolds Collide  

June 1st   - Beer Festival   - 12.15pm Felicity Turner – Covers , 1.15pm Stompin Steve - One Man Band. Dirty Lo Fi Blues and R&B on homemade instruments , 3.00pm Barnyard Bandidos – Skuntabilly, 4.45pm - Charlotte Porter - Hit's from the 40's & 50's, 6.30pm – Trioforte, 4 Piece - Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, A/C D/C, Eagles, 8.15pm - The Schoolhouse Rockers – Rockabilly , 10.00pm Local Heroes.  

June 2nd - Beer Festival,   12 noon - Girl Gone Rockin'   Disco with Jukebox Jordan   A Charity Event supporting Asthma and Lung UK In memory of Tony Wakelin.  

June 30th   - Mayfair Rock N Roll Club Pagan Disco with Jukebox Jordan on the patio  

July 28th   - Mayfair Rock N Roll Club - Disco with Jukebox Jordan on the patio  

August 25th   - Mayfair Rock & Roll Club Danny Williams Solo.   Disco with Jukebox Jordan on the patio  




Regrettably Pilates classes have stopped at the Hall due to too few regular attendees.


Wednesday 1 st – Coffee & chat (Free) & Willingham Winner Draw- 10.30am to 12 noon

Wednesday 1 st - Art & crafts group 2 to 4 pm . (Cecilia 07799156118)

Wednesday 1 st - Ballroom Dancing group 6.50pm (Paul 01507313601)

Thursday 2 nd - NO Tai Chi as polling station in Hall

Thursday 9 th – Tai Chi, 11am – 12noon (Carol 07592071523)

Wednesday 15 th - Coffee and chat (free) 10:30 to noon

Wednesday 15 th - Ballroom Dancing group 6.50pm (Paul 01507313601)

Thursday 16 th - Tai Chi class 11 – noon (Carol 07592071523)

TUESDAY 21 st - Hall Annual General Meeting, 6.30 pm - All residents are invited. Please share ideas for social + fund raising events

Thursday 23 rd - Tai Chi class 11 – noon (Carol 07592071523
Thursday 23 rd - BOARD GAMES 2 – 4pm
Wednesday 29 th - Ballroom Dance group 6.50 pm. (Paul 01507 313601)

Thursday 30 th - Tai Chi, 11am – 12noon (Carol 07592071523)


On the 1 st & 3 rd WEDNESDAYS of each month the Hall will be open from 10.30am until 5.30pm for book, DVD & jigsaw swaps/loans. Greetings cards also on sale.



Our 1970s themed evening in March was terrific. Nearly everyone dressed up in trendy gear and the wigs were good disguises. The dancing was enthusiastic, and we remembered a lot of the words to the old songs. It was a challenge guessing who was in some of the personal photos on display and other folk had not changed at all!


SOUTH WILLINGHAM VILLAGE CALENDAR 2025 : please send me digital photographs depicting our village, some season themed, for inclusion in a calendar. The idea is to sell copies of the calendar for hall funds. Please send me photos by 31st OCTOBER to allow time for compiling and printing in time for pre-Christmas order. 07834598703 or



BIG BRUNCH - Sunday 9 th June 10 am – 2 pm






May 11 th & 12 th - we have St Mary's, Hainton and All Saints, Sixhills taking part in the festival this year. Please come along and browse through your local historic buildings. Light refreshments are available in both churches, open from 10am until 4pm over the festival weekend.


8th June 2024 - There will be a Street Party on Torrington Lane, with Hog Roast, 3 -7.30pm, and a display of WW2 Vehicles. Period dress is optional followed by live music 40's Style at The Crossroads Inn and Village Hall, (a small fee charged to cover costs). At St Mary's Church there will be a WW2 Exhibition and Garden Fete with stalls, raffle, tombola and other WW2 style games, 3-6pm to raise funds for the church. Anyone with WW2 style vehicles are welcome to bring them along & display them to set the scene, please contact Chris Wilson on 01673 858138. Visitors are welcome, parking will be available at either end of Torrington Lane.


Nestled in the heart of the Lincolnshire Village of East Barkwith is the Cross Roads Inn. Established circa 1842, the pub has recently been refurbished and is now being expertly run by Janet and Peter Parkinson - Fresh faces for this lovely, countryside pub.  If good food, a lively atmosphere and a cosy fire is what you're looking for - The Cross Roads Inn is the place for you. 

The Cross Roads is a true community hub - with the local WI, a darts team and many others meeting there regularly. And, with Janet's delicious homemade cakes on offer, it's no wonder they choose this lovely Inn as their stomping ground! Open for delicious, homemade, hearty food from 11am-9pm and drinks throughout. The Cross Roads Inn is definitely one to visit.



If you find you have nothing left to read or are in need of another puzzle to ponder over on these autumn/winter evenings, call in at St Mary's Church, East Barkwith and swap your book or puzzle for another. Donations to stock are always welcome and visitors to the church too.



Having recently had our roof issues sorted out, what a relief to know that with two inches of snow yesterday morning, we didn't have to worry about dripping water in the loft. Certainly, a weight off my shoulders, and once we get our extra insulation installed it will be even better. A job worth doing, however late.
My garden looks bleak these days. I had to severely prune some roses to make way for scaffolding poles, and generally reduce the height of some perennials. This was when the weather was milder of course, so I'm hoping not to have damaged them too much now the weather has turned much colder. Most of them thrive on neglect to be honest, but I'm sure they'll come back next spring. This is the time to be looking through catalogues to see what new plants we could be sourcing, some with a view to their growth in the coming years and to split for our plant sale. There's so much choice, too much for me to make quick decisions as indecision rules and I get nowhere! This, that or the other is usually my mantra. My daffs are all potted up, thinking about the members pot in the Spring Show, I'm hopeful of providing an entry, and I finally managed to get my tulips planted, so in a haphazard way, I'm organised!

Our year at the Gardening Club has been a good one, varied in our activities, and made more interesting with our speakers. At the October meeting, all members were given a questionnaire to find out if we could be making our meetings more diverse and interesting, and we did get most responses by the AGM in November. I know that currently our tech-savvy finance person has already spread-sheeted the responses we have to date (I knew he would!) and will finish this when a few late responses are in. Hopefully, members will be given the results when we have our first meeting. This will be at the Buzz Stop, when we meet for afternoon tea. Delicious food amongst friends, that's to look forward to. Be there at 1.15 for 1.30pm, although early, have a big breakfast in the early morning and save yourself for what's to come!

I hope you all enjoyed Christmas and are looking forward to another gardening year. New members are always welcome, we'll be happy to see you. 
Chris Raynor  
Jan 24



On behalf of the Barkwith Group PCC, I would like to thank everyone who supported the Christmas Fayre at Barkwith Village Hall on 8th December. What a lovely evening it was. Thank you to the delightful craft stall holders who were selling all manner of Crafted Decorative Christmas items, hand knitted hats & scarves, felted baubles and hand sewn bags. A big thank you must also go to our regular team of helpers for manning the other stalls, which all added to the success of the evening - we couldn't do it without you.



What fun we had at the Barkwith Group first ever Tea Dance. We had old time sequence dances and ballroom dances. Thank you to Paul for sorting the music and some tuition too and to Gabby and the ladies for a lovely afternoon tea. A most enjoyable afternoon, watch this space!

Veronica Chamberlin





An Afternoon Walk with Beryl

Today, for the second time this week, I set out for an afternoon stroll. Unusually, I ‘bumped' into two village personalities out walking their four legged friends, braving the weather which was overcast, mizzerly and damp, but on the plus side it was sharp with the cold so I found it quite pleasant! At one point, I thought where are you sun, just to see your brightness and warmth and send the gloom away, but then, I rounded a bend and there it was! The sun - NO - but a sight to cheer me up, so with a little more lightness in my step I continued a little further! On my way back I rested by the bridge to relax, watching the gentle flow of the water. It was a lovely 5 mins and in the afternoon quiet, I could hear the sound of the flowing water like a babbling brook, so, feeling at peace, I finished my walk.  No sun or blue sky, but everything was ok in my world!

Beryl Reynolds (early 2020)

~ Mary Jordan Remembers ~

It is over forty years since I came to East Barkwith, and there have been many changes in the village since then.  One of the shops became a cafe, then a private house. The chapel ceased to be used for worship, and joined its two predecessors in private use. The YMCA hut was taken down just before it fell down, and was replaced by the Village Hall, which has itself been extended and modified. The reading room, where the Scouts paraded for Baden-Powell, was used as the school dining room, and has gone, replaced by the Play Area. The school and school house, where I kept a bucket on the stairs to catch the rain leaking through the roof, has been converted to a house on sale for over half a million pounds. The pub has gone up-market. The doctor's surgery moved from one bungalow to another, and eventually went to Wragby. The garage has disappeared.  The seed store has been converted into a desirable residence, and the fertiliser factory has been demolished and replaced with another large house. New houses have been built on fields and former gardens - some shoe-horned into spaces which seem impossibly small. Hedges have been grubbed out, then replanted. Farming practices have changed, the machinery has got larger, and tourists have become one of the crops.

However, some things don't change. The people in the village have inevitably changed over forty years, but the present inhabitants are as neighbourly and generous as their predecessors. The Post Office is still there, as is the church.  The response to the restoration appeal shows how much the church is valued by the people of the village - valued for what it represents, and as the village's outstanding building.

Mary Jordan



In late 2009 the parapet and pinnacles of the tower of St Mary's Church were found to be unsafe and had to be removed. The cost of doing this swallowed up the church's entire fabric fund. On the advice of the church architect the committee applied to English Heritage for a grant towards the cost of restoring the tower and renewing the leaking roof and the inadequate drainage system which had allowed water incursion to damage interior plaster work. One year later we were told that the application had been successful and so began the formidable task of raising £38,000, this being 20% of the costs estimated by English Heritage. It was a condition of the grant that the village should do this. A fund raising campaign began in April 2011, initiated by an inspiring document entitled Olympics Restoration Project 2012 which was the brainchild of Martyn Chambers and distributed to every house in the village by Martyn and his family. Over 80% of the village residents and some former residents too responded most generously to the appeal in a number of ways. Many fund raising events were held and applications made to a large number of grant giving organisations and charities. By the autumn of 2011 Martyn was able to tell the village in another moving document that we were well on track to meeting the target. Then came a setback. Six contractors had been invited to tender for the work, but all the tenders came in well above the estimate supplied by English Heritage. In response to a plea for more financial assistance English Heritage granted a further sum, but at the same time, cut some of the intended work, in particular the internal plaster work and subsequent redecoration. In addition to this blow we were devastated to learn that the wiring to the heating system and the organ was unsafe and would have to be disconnected. It looked very much as if we could be left with a building which was structurally sound whilst inside a freezing church plaster would continue to fall from the walls. Next for the good news!


In a final update entitled” You have done it!” Martyn was able to tell the residents and friends of St Mary's that they had excelled themselves by donating a staggering £29,000. Events had raised £7,000, twice what we'd aimed for and other grant giving bodies, so impressed by the efforts of this small community had donated a total of £46,000. Where, you may want to know, will all this “extra” money go? The answer is that everything will be spent on the church. The cost of plasterwork and redecoration has been estimated in excess of £10,000, the wiring to the organ alone will be around £600 and as for the cost of a new heating system, it will run into tens of thousands. If there happened to be any left in the kitty we would very much like to install a toilet and servery, making St Mary's fit for purpose in the 21 st century. It is fitting that this project was entitled Olympic Restoration 2012. Now with the Olympics upon us, those of us who have seen it through from 2009 are ready to pass on the baton to others who we hope will take it forward. Centuries ago the people of East Barkwith gave us our beautiful church. Over the years, others have carried the baton onwards and now in 2012 the people of the village have saved it for generations to come. Thanks to those who responded so magnificently to the appeal, work will shortly begin on our church. As the latest document said “YOU have done it!”

Please click to Services page for up to date information on the Church and services in this month.


Churchyard Regulations

................. for the Parish of Barkwith

Comprising the Churchyards of: East Barkwith, East Torrington, Hainton, Sixhills, South Willingham, West Barkwith and West Torrington .

The Chancellor of the Diocese of Lincoln, His Honour Judge Mark Bishop QC, issued regulations as to the control and use of churchyards in the Diocese of Lincoln in 2008 updated in 2012. These regulations are legally binding and differ from cemetery regulations, which are made by local Authorities.

The regulations are available to read in full via the Diocese of Lincoln website.

Below is an extract of the regulations, to help manage our local churchyards.

Parishioners, and those who die in the parish, have a right to be buried, or have their ashes interred in a churchyard in the parish. Other people may be buried there at the discretion of the Parish Priest, providing there is room. Once buried, there is to be no disturbance of the remains except for exceptional and legally authorised reasons. Burial is a symbol for our entrusting of the person to the eternal love of God. The burial fee does NOT buy the burial plot, it pays towards the general maintenance of the churchyard.


Anyone wishing to erect a memorial stone should consult the Parish Priest as soon as possible, to ensure that the memorial conforms to the regulations. If the memorial does not conform to the regulations, or the Parish Priest refuses consent, an application for a faculty to the Chancellor of the Diocese is required.

Headstones should be between 2'6” and 4' high, 1'8” and 3” wide, 3” and 6” thick. They may be of natural stones, teak or oak, cast or wrought iron. Some stones such as black or grey granite, marble, synthetic stone or plastic are not normally permitted. The base of the stone may include a flower holder, but should enable ease of mowing. Monumental masons have full copies of these regulations, and will give advice on what is permitted.

Designs containing open books, hearts, figure statuary and photographic representations are not permitted. Neither are kerbs, chippings or glass shards. Any application for these must be by faculty application to the Chancellor of the Diocese.

Inscriptions should contain only the name of the deceased, dates of birth and death or age and date of death. Epitaphs must be simple and reverent, preferably from the Bible, Book of Common Prayer or Common Worship

Vases should not be more than 12” x 8” x 8”


It is preferred that ashes are placed in the ground without a container, but if a container is used, it must be of a perishable nature.


No artificial flowers should be placed in a churchyard except Remembrance day poppies, traditional Christmas wreaths, and good quality seasonal silk flowers. All should be removed within 3 months. The Christmas wreaths are to be removed by January 31 st of the following year.



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