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Exciting News for Horncastle & Villages Churches Festival

A new project from the National Churches Trust is helping Lincolnshire’s historic churches to tell their stories, and 36 churches from this festival will be taking part!

Great Interpretations will work with people across the county to reveal the hidden heritage of these important local buildings.

Over 36 churches will benefit from National Lottery funding to transform their promotional resources for visitors from near and far.

The project will produce new professional films and photographs for church tourism website, Explore Churches.


Workshops for volunteers will provide training on tourism, publicity, photography and more. These sessions will be made available online, encouraging dedicated volunteers to record the history of their church as it happens.

The National Lottery grant will also enable a series of guided walks and a coach trip to highlight the beauty of Lincolnshire’s churches.

Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “Churches are among the UK’s oldest and most cherished historic buildings, and can reveal a wealth of information about their communities.

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we’ve invested over £850million to support and repair places of worship.

I’m proud that we can continue this investment with the Great Interpretations project and help this group of Lincolnshire churches to share their rich heritage more widely.”

The 36 churches are part of the Horncastle Churches Festival Group. Some of their treasures include:

The oldest working Methodist chapel in the country at Raithby Methodist Chapel

St. Benedicts

The Grade II* listed St Benedict’s Church, which dates back to the 13th century and was historically linked to the Dymoke ‘Champions to the Sovereign’ family

St Lawrence’s church, Bardney, a Grade I listed 15th-century church built on the site of a Saxon abbey

Shout out with Pride

Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust, said: “Local people across Lincolnshire will be able to shout out with pride about their fascinating historic churches. The project will also inspire visitors from across the UK to come and discover the county’s fabulous heritage and help boost the local economy.”

Read the press release in full on the HLF website:


Visitors enjoying the refreshments at last years event

Churches part of Horncastle Festival – already making plans!

Just click on any of the Churches below to go straight to its details. They are listed alphabetically. These are the Churches that participated last year but they are on the site  to give you a ‘flavour’ of what the event is all about. This will be updated with this years event details and participating churches soon.

You can search for Churches within a Postcode area using the categories on the right. All the details, opening times are specific to last year’s Festival weekend. Put this year’s date in your diary – Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2018.


Ashby Puerorum – St Andrew                      Mareham le Fen, St Helen

Bardney – St Lawrence                                  Rand – St Oswald  

Belchford – St Peter & St Paul                       Roughton – St Margaret

Benniworth – St. Julian                                  Revesby, St Lawrence

Bucknall – St Margaret                                  Scamblesby with Cawkwell – St Martin

Burgh-on- Bain – St Helen                            Scamblesby – Methodist Church

Coningsby – St Michael                                Scrivelsby, St Benedict

Coningsby – St Michael                                Snelland – All Saints

Greetham All Saints                                      Southrey – St John the Divine

Haltham – St Benedict                                  Stixwould – St Peter 

Hammeringham All Saints                           Stainfield – St Andrew

Hemingby – St Margaret                              Tattershall – Holy Trinity

High Toynton – St John the Baptist             Thimbleby – St Margaret

Horncastle – St Mary                                    Thornton – St Wilfrid

Kirkstead – St Leonard                                  West Ashby – All Saints

Kirkby-on-Bain – St Mary                              Wilksby All Saints

Langton-by-Wragby – St Giles                      Woodhall Spa- St Peter

Langton with Old Woodhall,                         Wragby – All Saints
                             St. Margaret