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For All Newtoft & Faldingworth Residents


Scarecrow update

Faldingworth Scarecrows' show weekend 9/10/11 July. The theme was holidays – Visit Tracy Mildson's 2021 photo montage 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


Faldingworth WI

Now we are able to go ahead with meetings of Faldingworth WI...... Newtoft Village Hall welcomes Faldingworth & District WI

Faldingworth & District WI has a new venue. We held our first meeting in Toft Newton Village Hall in August, having a social evening with a small finger buffet. We were pleased to welcome 5 visitors to the meeting and Lesley, our newly appointed President, outlined how the WI works and what to expect from our meetings. It was just lovely to see our friends in person again, sharing many ‘what we did in lockdown' stories.

Our next meeting is at 7pm on 14th September and is an Open Meeting featuring Joy Wood, a local nurse turned author. Her talk is entitled ‘From Bedpan to Pen' and visitors are encouraged to come along. There will be refreshments and a raffle.

For further information contact Julia Pullen, Secretary, on 07530 184381 or by email


Faldingworth School News


Fair Acres Federation - Our journey so far

Faldingworth and Normanby by Spital Primary schools started their journey together in September 2018. The schools shared a Headteacher on an interim basis for two years before becoming a hard federation in January 2021. Things have gone from strength to strength in our forward thinking federation of schools. The federation has secured the schools future, making our schools more sustainable and stronger together. Before the pandemic, we had enjoyed a number of joint celebration events, curriculum projects, residential visits, trips and sporting events. We are looking forward to a time we can reinstate this joint way of working for the benefit of our pupils. These opportunities enable our children to come together to socialise, have fun, make friendships and compete and have fun in sporting events. When our children begin their transition into secondary education they have already made friendships from across the federation of schools, which benefits them in the larger school environments. Not only the children benefit from our federation, but staff are able to plan and train together, giving the schools a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Our governors, staff and pupils are extremely proud of everything the federation has achieved since forming. Our parents and families have been encouraging and have been hugely supportive. This has meant a lot to us, especially as it has been an extraordinary year.
Where possible both schools will try to align many aspects of curriculum provision. As an example, our PSHE subject leaders from both schools have ensured that our PSHE curriculum reflects the needs of our pupils. The aim is to ensure that our schools enable our children to become:
1. Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve,
2. Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
3. Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
The power to be positive!
Our programme of school values compliments our PSHE curriculum and promotes principles that guide our behaviour and actions. This term, at both schools, we are learning to value ourselves and to be the best we can be. We will have a health and well-being focus which will include activities and discussion to develop growth mindsets. We want to give our pupils the power to be positive!

Telephone: 01673 885366 .... Email:

Mrs Hayley Gransden (Administrator and Clerk to Governors, Faldingworth Primary School, Fair Acres Federation)


Share a Million Stories Challenge at Faldingworth School

We challenged our pupils to read aloud at home daily during the week of World Book Day. This was part of a national campaign to encourage reading and to promote a love of reading. We asked them to read a variety of texts from comics to online texts and more. The children also designed a wooden spoon book character to display at school.

The school has also supported Sport Relief. As well as fundraising through a sporty non-uniform day, we have improved our understanding of the balanced, healthy and nutritious diets that athletes might have, to support their fitness regime. The children designed a healthy breakfast. Some of these were on sale during the week (e.g. porridge, fruit, yoghurt).

We have had an exciting start to the year. Dragon Class topic has been ‘Mission to the Moon' and they have found out about famous astronauts. Lancelot Class has been on a trip to the Lincolnshire Life Museum as part of their history topic. Galahad pupils have been brushing up on their art skills by learning different pencil techniques. They have studied the ancient Chinese tale depicted on the famous willow pattern pottery.  

We have a new trike track in the school grounds, a fabulous addition and a big hit with our younger children. We are also hoping to raise funds to buy some climbing equipment to replace our very old trim trail. Thank you to all the shoppers who have supported our fundraising at Tesco in Market Rasen!

Our Friends of School raised over £600 in one weekend in February. We had great fun at the popular race night at Faldingworth Village Hall and pop-up restaurant at Newtoft Social Club! FOFS are now busy rehearsing for the pantomime ‘Aladdin Trouble' on April 28 th . Thank you to all the FOFS and supporters for giving up their time to help organise and attend these events.

All Saints Church, Faldingworth

Awaits ~ Click to Church Services here

The Churchwardens

Faldingworth Play Area

Have you seen the new equipment? Our Play Area has been updated with some wonderful new play equipment thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Awards for All funding programme.


Loving Faldingworth

We came to live in Faldingworth in February 1970, prior to that we had lived in Bishopbridge. We arrived on a snowy morning with two small children and 43 years on we still live here. What first attracted us to the village was the village school, it was within walking distance of our home. The village shop and the Post Office were also on the High Street, the Church and Chapel were within walking distance with the two pubs close by. Even then there were lots of things going on and we were asked to join the Guild, the Village Hall, the Chapel, Church and the WI. We wanted to Christen our son who had arrived on the previous Christmas morning! I still belonged to The Middle Rasen Young Wives Group and thoroughly enjoyed all the activities they provided. Luckily there were several young children in the village and they all went to the local primary school. They attended Sunday School and went swimming together at Scampton and joined the local Youth Club. We were able to join in lots of the activities as the children grew up. Now, we are very fortunate in that we have a bus service to Grimsby and Lincoln, the bus pass is a real boon. The bowls and short tennis clubs are thriving. A craft club and book club, Women's Institute and Friendship Club meet regularly and sometimes we have a real treat as we did recently when Malcolm Forrest brought his “Wurlitzer” to the village hall and we were able to enjoy an afternoon of proper dancing! It was fantastic! We are blessed with so many talented and friendly people in Faldingworth . Shirley and Laurie Oxborrow


Bee Crafty is a newly formed craft group where people can go along and learn new crafting skills. The group is well attended and they have already made some very interesting boxes, crafted cards and started learning how to crotchet. Their intention is to develop a range of crafting skills suitable for a range of age groups and already have plans in place to make hand crafted wall hangings, cushions, fabric or floral door wreaths and sugar craft cake decorations. Isn't it lovely that children are encouraged to learn traditional crafts? All this takes place at the Memorial Hall in Faldingworth the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month from 7 pm to 9 pm and costs £2 for adults and £1 for children



Entries from Sue Pottinger

Toft Newton Parish News


Whats on / News from Newtoft, Toft Newton

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

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 


St Michael's Church, Newton By Toft

There will be a long awaited service at St Michael's, Newton on the 27th June, 3 o'clock.

Those who pass by the Church will have noticed that the grounds are being beautifully maintained by Charles Alborne, who took over the task from Charlie Mallinson (deceased) and supported by another Charlie living in Market Rasen, who married Mary-Jane in the Church some years ago. Thank you for your hard work! Beware anyone called Charlie living in the local area - your services might be called upon!

Following the service on 27 th June, there will be an open forum discussion to determine the future of the Church. No one has come forward to serve on the PCC following the AGM of 2020 when the current committee did not wish to continue. Everyone is welcome to attend the 2021 AGM which will follow immediately after the open discussion.

For the Church to remain open, a minimum requirement of a Church Warden and Safeguarding Officer will be sought and elected.

If you are interested in serving on St Michael's PCC please contact the Secretary (Peter Wood 07761 243416


As you may be aware the future of the above Church is unknown. There is a danger that it will be closed, only opening for special occasions such as Christenings, weddings and funerals. Over the years, the wider community of the Toft villages has often used the Church.

The upkeep and appearance of the Church grass and the area around the headstones is something we all need to be aware of, especially as it is in the centre of the village. A few of the villagers who were available on Tuesday 7 th , helped me to clear the Church grounds of fallen debris so that I could cut the grass for the first time this year. Taking the possible closure into account and to save the grounds from becoming an eyesore in the future, I have said that I will cut the main grass area of the Church every 2 weeks - anyone wishing to help out the odd time or help with the strimming would be warmly welcomed! Please don't hesitate to get in touch! A proposal has been put forward that we ask all residents of the village to make a donation towards the upkeep of the Church grounds.

Each household willing to donate:

1 - Please put a £5 donation into an envelope

2 - Write on the front of the envelope your name & address

3 - Put the envelope into my postbox at Charlie's Corner, “Wayside”

4 - A record of all donations will be kept, also receipts for fuel, oil, mower maintenance etc will be kept. Any money left over will go into the next year's funds towards any necessary future replacements. A reminder of 2022 donations will be in the March 2022 edition of the Community Spirit.

A Massive Thank you must go to everyone who has already donated – it is wonderful to see how much we care about our lovely village!

Charles Alborne



Support in Newtoft & Toft Newton

If anyone living in Newtoft or Toft Newton needs any help or support over the next few weeks whilst we're still in the grips of Corona Virus, in particu;lar with your shopping or transporting to appointments, please do get in touch with me, Lindsey Bebbington – Colbourne. I am DBS checked! We don't know if this current lockdown will be extended or indeed whether we will have further lockdowns! Please do get in touch if you are vulnerable, isolated in the community or in need and would like my assistance!

Lindsey Bebbington-Colbourne  ( 07837 273444)


Have your say on Future Bespoke Housing in Newtoft

I am a local landowner within the Newtoft area and I am looking to ascertain whether there is a need for custom, bespoke housing within the area. My vision is to support the local community within the locality and provide a development which will not only meet the needs of its residents in the form of housing, bungalows, work from home office spaces, rental and shared ownership opportunities and a small number of amenities, but will regenerate the area encouraging the next generation of local families to place roots within the area and support the thriving local business park. It would also serve to provide for RAF veterans and service personnel. 

The village already has superb facilities with its village hall and sports field, however with a further housing development, other amenities such as a local post office or convenience store could benefit the area. 

The village, with its long-standing RAF heritage and community spirit, already boasts a number of woodland areas, however as part of any potential, future development I would be looking to further develop woodland areas and green spaces in the form of sensory areas and allotments to foster the already instilled sense of community. The green spaces would be central to the development and provide large community areas for shared use along with sustainability and providing for the community in the form of a local farm shop. 

With this in mind I have created a survey for local residents to have their say. The survey can be found at Please complete your responses by 30th November 2020. 

For further information please do not hesitate to contact:


Other Events (after corona)


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


Remembering ........ November is the month when we especially remember and give thanks for all those who played their part during wars and conflicts, in order to maintain peace - either serving abroad or in occupations at home. In Friesthorpe we particularly remember the Beechey family, whose father was rector here. They had eight sons - five of whom tragically paid the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War. My own father was one of seven brothers (and one sister!). He was in the Royal Navy, and served on several ships of the Fleet (in WW2) including HMS Sheffield. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. Thankfully, all seven brothers, each of them being in the forces, survived the war.

On Remembrance Sunday (Nov.8) and on Armistice Day (Nov.11) we are proud to remember and give thanks for ALL those who served their country.

Janet Pitchforth Nov 2020

The Importance of Keeping Records

It was very interesting to see that a gentleman from Cumbria who came to St. Peters Church in Friesthorpe recently, had done the right thing by leaving his name and address in our Visitors Book.

Fair enough, one thinks, but then he had added that his great x 6ish grandparents had got married in this church on the 21 st August 1641. On further investigation it was revealed that, according to the records held here, indeed on the 21 st August 1641, Richard Flynton married Heaster Spurr. Upon even further investigation, it has been found that on the 23 rd December 1642, George Spurr, Thomas Spurr and Elizabeth Spurr were all baptised in our church.

It would seem to have been a successful marriage. And now, nearly 400 years later, due to initial paperwork and now computer records, we can trace back these events. I wonder what events will be recorded in 2420?

Heather Moore Nov 2020


Hainton Village



The Heneage Arms, Hainton  

On Friday July 16th we have The Midnight Ramblers. By that time we will have the new patio area completed, with new tables & chairs, patio heaters, and children's adventure playground. The fun starts at 7.30pm

On August 20th we will be entertained from 7.30pm  by The Horncastle Ukelele group. Further events are planned but not yet confirmed. Please keep an eye on our facebook page!

Bookings can be made by calling or texting the new mobile tel : 07801 214351 , or by emailing:

Please keep your eyes on the Facebook page and website for any further announcements. Please stay safe and well.


The 2019 Annual Sleigh Race took place on Sunday 22nd December 2019.

Starting from Sixhills at 11.00am and racing to The Heneage Arms in Hainton, approximately 2 miles away. The event is held every year in support of The Linc's & Nott's Air Ambulance. Teams are invited to take part. There will be prizes for the fastest time and the best-dressed sleigh and runners. The cost of entry is £10 per team.

Assemble at The Heneage Arms at 10.30am. Sleigh entries must be non-mechanised or geared. Competitors should be in fancy dress with a theme - Usually Christmas but not strictly so! They must be manned by a Santa who must ride the sleigh, and four Reindeer for pulling / pushing.

All funds raised will be donated to The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

This event has now been running for approximately 20 years and has raised substantial amounts over that period. So even if you cannot compete please come along and join in the fun. Seasonal fayre will be available on the day.

If you would like more information please contact Wayne Radley on 07909726585 or e-mail

For future events please visit The Heneage Arms on Facebook or


On December 23rd 2018, crowds gathered at the Heneage Arms for the annual Sleigh race. At the beginning numbers of spectators were down a little due to the rain, but they soon picked up as the day went on! A total of 6 teams took part from around the area. The race started at Sixhills and finished at the Heneage Arms pub in Hainton. Seasonal Fayre was available at the pub, including mulled wine, bacon butties and mince pies. The event was won by ‘Santa's Helpers' in a record time of 12 minutes and 30 seconds. In second place were ‘Sixhills', who also beat the previous record time and in 3 rd position were ‘Rudolph's Sprouts'. The prize for the best dressed sleigh was won by ‘West Torrington's Mary Poppins and the Sweeps'. It was then into the pub for well earned refreshments and the drawing of the raffle. The event raised £355.00 for the Lincs and Notts Air ambulance.

Thanks go out to Simon Hickson of the Heneage Arms, Tony Stubbs for the supply of a raffle prize, comprising of a duck dinner, and to everyone else who donated prizes! Vin Heron, Max and Rebecca Bradley for running the timing, and to all the other volunteers, without whom this event would not be possible. For information on next years event, please contact Wayne Radley on 07909726585.



Barkwith Group Coffee , Cake and a Chat

We held the first of this new venture on Wednesday 11th August, from 10am at St Mary's Church, East Barkwith, all safely sat outside in the sunshine, delicious home made cakes and coffee/tea were on offer! This turned out to be a lovely social event enjoyed by all of those who attended.. Thank-you to everyone who helped in any way and to all those who baked for the morning! It was lovely to see so many local residents.

We shall meet again on Wednesday 8th September, same place and same time, 10am, for our next Coffee Cake and a Chat. Put a note in your diary and come and join us, everyone will be most welcome!

East Barkwith & District WI

Following our AGM in March we are starting on our programme for the next 12 months. It promises many interesting events, some a lot of fun and others more serious, so we hope there will be something for everyone!


Barkwith Group Harvest Supper

All being well, our Harvest Supper will be held on Friday 15th October 2021 at East Barkwith Village Hall, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. We will be serving a hot Supper and delicious desserts. £15 per ticket. Bring your own choice of wine and glasses.

Please book your tickets with either Anne Stamp 01673 858249, Polly Chamberlin 01673 838514 or Veronica Chamberlin 01673 838446.


East Barkwith Gardeners

My Dahlias are doing ok, although I'm sure we've been visited by capsid bugs as there are some distorted leaves and I'm also noticing some rolled leaves on the roses, with sawfly caterpillars cosy inside! I'm checking daily and disposing of them before they do any harm. The roses are budding up for a second flush of flowers, filling the gap we usually get in July. It's good to see the Agapanthus have more flower stems this year, as last year was a poor show. I'm happy to say that my runner beans and french beans are doing well, and we have some lovely red onions and various garlics which will soon be ready to dig up, dry off and store. I can see a whole host of jobs waiting to be done, but it's a time issue, in between coffees!

Les and his band of travellers managed to get in a five-day trip to Oxfordshire in early July. After a breakfast stop at Leicester Forrest East and a further stop at Banbury for refreshments and photo opportunities, they travelled through Sulgrave Helmdon and Brackley - lots of memories there for Les, Joan and Sue who lived in the area thirty years ago! They booked into the Shillingford Bridge Hotel, by the Thames, ready for Monday's full day at the 160-acre Cotswold Wildlife Park at Burford. Lovely gardens to tour, and of course, lots of animals to see! Tuesday was a "choose what you want to do" day, with some people visiting Wallingford via the Thames Tow Path, others went to Oxford on the service bus. Wednesday was the "Icing on the Cake day" per Les, a trip to Saville Gardens on the Windsor Estate, 35 acres to see. All back on the coach with tour guide Helen, for a tour of Windsor Village, then, under strict security into the deer parks, to see statues of Her Majesty on horseback, for her Diamond Wedding Anniversary and George III who overlooked the setting of the four mile avenue of trees down to Windsor Castle. On then to see where Polo is played. A great day enjoyed by all. The return journey included a mystery trip to Coton Manor Gardens in Northamptonshire, where staff opened early for the travellers. The final stop was back in Lincolnshire, a fish and chip venue for tea! A very full five days, and thanks to Les, who was champing at the bit to get out and about again!

We are very much hoping to be back in the Village Hall soon, for a regular meeting, it is sounding more feasible, and I'll let everyone know as soon as possible. For now, take care all!

Chris Raynor





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.


South Willingham

Dance Group

The Group starts again on Wednesday, September 22 nd September and meets fortnightly. We very much welcome new couples. We met a few times this summer during the Covid gap and discovered that although it was not quite like riding a bicycle we soon remembered the steps and missed each other's toes (I stepped on my partner Jo's and suffered for it!) Doesn't matter if you can't dance – we'll teach you the steps!

Paul Fuller



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