Over two evenings in early March (8th and 9th) something a little bit different will be happening in Spilsby as the town centre will be transformed into a playground of light, projection, artwork and colour, with some of the town’s best-known buildings and landmarks being lit up. 

St James’ Church will feature predominantly in the event, with moving projections of images from the iconic Willoughby chapel in the church being projected on all the inside walls and ceiling of the church, as well as on two sides of the tower.  

In looking ahead to this event, Interim Deanery Minister, the Revd Cameron Watt, has said, “We are all hugely excited at St James’ about the upcoming Light Nights. St James’ is hugely important in both the history and also the present life of Spilsby. Projecting images from the church in new and innovative ways will bring both parts of the church building into the community, but more importantly the community into the church building, where we will be supplying food, drink and fellowship on both nights.”

The Spilsby Light Night is a new project being run by the Different Light Collective and is being funded primarily by Arts Council England. Simon Hollingworth and Andy Johnson-Smith came up with the idea last summer and following on from discussions with Bruce Knight at the Spilsby Sessions House they have been chatting to businesses, organisations, schools, churches and individuals across the town since they received news of their successful award just before Christmas.

On each of the two nights there will be a trail around the town with lighting, projections and sound effects made by professional artists and technologists on view at venues and buildings across the centre of the town, as well as artwork by local groups, including children and students from the town’s schools. There will also be a chance for anyone to get involved in a community project using decorated glass jars of all shapes and sizes with tea lights inside them, which will be collected and shown around the Buttercross on the Market Place and outside St James’ Church.

The Creative Producer, Simon Hollingworth, has said, “The Different Light Collective is delighted to have been given this opportunity to create something really special in Spilsby and we are really excited about working with as many local people as possible to make it as successful as possible. The response we have had so far, from schools, businesses, churches and members of the general public has been overwhelmingly positive and we feel very privileged to be working here. We can’t wait for the chance to show off Spilsby in a different light!”

The event will be held between 6pm and 9pm on the two evenings, and more information is available via the Different Light website or by looking for Spilsby Light Night on Facebook and Twitter.