Planning is underway for visiting a variety of churches in 2020. We visit churches of all ages and sizes. Typically we begin our programme in April and finish in October each year. We usually meet a local guide who knows and loves the church we are visiting and who is happy to give a talk and a tour, recounting some of the building's history and picking out important or unusual features.
Exploring Churches Group – Horncastle U3A – 2020
Members usually meet on The Wong at 9.30 ready to set off on each visit. Exceptions this year are the coach outing in June and the church visit in September. Details follow.
April 21 – Tetford St Mary. We should arrive about 9.50am for our look round the church, which is mostly 14th century. Leave Tetford at about 10.30 to drive to Hameringham All Saints, where we are being provided with refreshments before our tour of the church. The building has 13th and 14th century work, damage believed to date from the time of the Battle of Winceby, fought a mile away in 1643, and a Jacobean hourglass to discourage a preacher from over-running.
May 12 – Heckington St Andrew We will arrive by 10.30am if possible. This church has the rare honour of being awarded 4 stars in England's Thousand Best Churches, by Simon Jenkins. He praises the gargoyles and the corbel heads, the 38 statues, the Easter Sepulchre, said to be an outstanding example, windows and much more.
- Tea and coffee, or a salad lunch, or sandwiches and scones are available if we book ahead. I shall contact you nearer the time to ascertain numbers.
June 16 – Coach outing to Lichfield Cathedral, followed by a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum. The Step 1 Travel coach will leave the bus stop in Horncastle Market Place at 7.30am. We hope to be back in Horncastle by 7pm.Please see the booking form for full details.
July 14 – Partney St Nicholas – We shall arrive by 10am. A stone commemorates the marriage here in 1801 of Matthew Flinders, of Donington, near Spalding, the first circumnavigator of Australia, to Anne Chappelle. We shall leave at about 10.45 for the drive to Skendleby St Peter and St Paul. Much of the present fabric dates to the 13th century, particularly the local greenstone chancel. The church was restored in 1876 by George Gilbert Scott.
NO VISIT IN AUGUST
September 22 - *** Please be on The Wong by 9am for our drive to Morton St Paul's, north of Gainsborough. We hope to arrive soon after10am for a tour of the church, which includes celebrated windows by Edward Burne Jones and William Morris. We shall travel on to Gainsborough All Saints for a tour, due to begin at 11am. All Saints has tea, coffee and refreshment facilities.
Oct 20– Not fixed yet. Planning to have a visit and a lunch...details coming soon.
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