The 2018 West Lindsey Churches Festival was a great success, and eyes are already on next year’s event (see the message from the festival organisers published at the foot of the page).

In the meantime, we were pleased to receive the following local account of sharing in this year’s festival from the Revd Canon Judy McMann.

We had a wonderful response from the people of Rothwell and also our visitors this year. The theme was weddings and anniversaries, and so a number of wedding dresses worn by brides married at Rothwell were on display; the oldest example was that worn by Kitty on her marriage to Fred Kirk in 1955. The window decorations cleverly and imaginatively depicted milestone anniversaries throughout a marriage. 

There was also a tribute to the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force thanks to the loan of some RAF uniforms. And, if that wasn’t enough, we were treated to a flypast of light aircraft that included an Auster AOP (a WWII reconnaissance aircraft), a Piper Dakota and a Piper Warrior, and which was kindly arranged by Chris Dale. 

One of the pilots was Squadron Leader John Rands OBE, who is well-known from being a member of Red Arrows during the 1990s. We would like to say a big thank you to him and the other pilots who gave up their time so that we could enjoy their flight.

The whole weekend was brought to a conclusion with a well-attended church service, and we wish to say thank you to everyone who took part, who worked hard, who visited, and who contributed in any way. These events couldnt happen without you.


A message from the organisers of the festival

So our open churches festival is over for another year. If you would like to give us some feedback on your visits, please email us or put a review on our Facebook page. A huge thank you to the more than 700 volunteers who open up their churches, and another huge thank you to all our visitors, who make it so worthwhile! Next year’s dates are 11–12th and 18–19th May 2019. If you do not normally receive a brochure in the post (and would like to in March 2019), please email your details to us. The festival website may be found here.