From March to October each year we visit churches throughout Lincolnshire, and occasionally beyond, to discover and enjoy the architecture, history and any other points of interest, usually with the help of local guides who know and love their churches. Visits range from the splendour of magnificent buildings like Boston Stump to the rural tranquility of tiny churches like Haugh or Snarford - all of them have stories to tell.
A packed schedule of visits is lined up for 2019 and most members should have now received their printed detailed programmes. See Pam Browne if you need one.
For most visits members are asked to meet at 9.30am for car-sharing. Please meet and park on the Wong for car sharing.
Programme for 2019
1 Except for the June meeting, when we are planning a coach trip, please meet on The Wong car park in good time on each of our visit days so we can organise car-sharing before setting off at 9.30am.
2 As usual, you are asked to donate £2 per person at each church we visit.
3 Passengers are asked to give £2 each to their car driver for each trip in the Horncastle area. For longer journeys, please give more.
March 12 - Holton cum Beckering All Saints (take Market Rasen road from Wragby). Grade 1 listed, has painted work in the style of William Morris, mosaic work by Italian craftsmen, and other interesting features.
We then go a further five miles to Snarford St Lawrence (just off A46 road from Lincoln to Market Rasen). This conservation church and a farmhouse nearby are all that remain of a great Tudor estate. St Lawrence's is Grade 1 listed with a stunning and surprising interior.
This is a repeat visit – we were last there in 2011.
April 30 – Benington All Saints – The Beonna Project. (On A52 Wainfleet to Boston Road – limited parkng at the church; more parking at the old village hall in David's Lane, which is opposite the Admiral Nelson pub.) A magnificent fenland church which we first visited in April 2017 at the start of a £2.4 million re-design project thanks to Lottery and other funding. The work is just about complete and won the Best Historic Rescue section in UK-wide Heritage Awards last year. We're returning to check out what has been achieved. Coffee will be available.
May 21 –Donington St Mary and the Holy Rood (on A52, 9 miles south-west of Boston). Built in Decorated and Perpendicular style with traces of Norman origins. The font is considered a 14th century masterpiece. There is a collection in the church celebrating Matthew Flinders, a Donington boy born in 1774 who went on to an illustrious career in the Royal Navy including three voyages to the Southern Ocean. He was the first to circumnavigate Australia and charted much of the coastline. Local historian Alan James will tell us more of Flinders' adventures...
We are promised tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival.
Lunch at £15 each (expected to be cold meats and salads followed by dessert) will be available at the end of our visit.
I have a list for you to sign if you wish to book in for lunch. Names before
30 April, please.
18 June - Derby Cathedral – coach outing. Full details on the booking form available to group members in March.
***Please book early as the outing will be made available to the rest of the U3A from April.
NO VISIT IN JULY
27 August - Grasby All Saints. (From Caistor take the A1084 road towards Brigg). The village street through Grasby itself drops down from the edge of the Wolds to give sweeping views of the countryside. Canon Ian Robinson will show us round the church, where Alfred Lord Tennyson's brother, Charles, was vicar for about 40 years. He, too, wrote a great deal of poetry, some of it in evidence in the church.
On our return journey, we shall call in to Clixby All Hallows, now cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.
24 September – Linwood St Cornelius (2 miles south of Market Rasen). Only church in the country dedicated to St Cornelius, Grade 1 listed, dates from 12th century with 13th century nave, 14th century tower, still has 2 medieval bells, 15th century stained glass. Then we drive the short distance to Market Rasen St Thomas, which had 13th century origins and a chequered history. As in Horncastle, there were violent times in the reign of Henry VIII, and again when Elizabeth I was on the throne.
For more details or program of events contact Pam Browne 01507 526267
THERE IS NO VISIT IN JULY
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