For weeks we have been planning for, and looking forward to, our Patronal Festival, and what a happy time we had. The Somercotes Singers gave us an enjoyable evening on the Friday before St Edith’s Day (July 15th), and on the Sunday we held an informal Songs of Praise in the evening, when everyone had the opportunity to choose favourite hymns. Perhaps the highlight of the weekend, however, was the Saturday, when we went on pilgrimage to Walsingham. It was a long day: we set off from St Edith’s at 8 a.m. and were home again about 12 hours later, but it was well worth the early start. The weather was perfect, which meant that those of us who had chosen to take a picnic were able to have our lunch, after the midday mass, in the shrine garden, where the lavender was in full bloom. In mid-afternoon there was a visit to the well, and a final brief service at 4 p.m.
Back in Grimoldby, we resume our planning and praying and hoping for a new Rector to be found, when once again we advertise, in September.
Can you imagine what it would be like to have to walk for days in just your shoes?
Louth Churches for Refugees invite you to experience what it might be like to be a refugee and walk a long distance – but we want you to be properly prepared with walking boots, backpack, water and food for the 15 and 30 mile walks or sensible footwear, water and snacks for those doing the 5 mile walk.
During the walk which launches the start of Refugee Week there will be an opportunity to discuss the work of LCFR and our plans for the future.
On June 16th 2018 Louth Churches for Refugees invite walkers of all abilities to participate in one of 3 walks through the Lincolnshire Wolds. A standard of fitness is essential to complete the 15 or 30 mile walks, refreshment stops will be available en route.
Walk 1 – 5 miles will start and finish at Louth Methodist Church Nichol Hill (departs 9.15)
Walk 2 – 15 miles will start at Louth Methodist Church and finish at the Wolds Centre, Scamblesby departs 9.00 am)
Walk 3 – 30 miles will start and finish at Louth Methodist Church Nichol Hill (departs 9.00 am)
All walkers must register at Nichol Hill between 8.30 and 8.50 prior to the start of the 15 and 30 mile
walks, and registration for the 5 mile walk between 8.50 and 9.10.
The scaffolding is all up. Those of you who saw the array of scaffold-laden lorries will have an idea of how big a task that has been. They need to go high enough to allow them to construct secondary roofs over the church roofs, to keep the elements out when they remove the slates, etc. Also the inside of the church is now filled with scaffolding to provide a crash deck in case anyone puts a foot wrong! This all took some time, and in its own way is a thing of beauty, but now the work proper has started, hence the skips being filled and taken away as old material is removed. The base of the tower has been cleared, removing the old kitchen, toilet and screen. This has allowed us now to see the west window and has created a wonderful space, and given room for proper disabled facilities to be installed.
Looking down through the roof timbers to the crash deck
Looking up at the timbers from the crash deck
The work on the roofs, timbers and stonework has uncovered a few surprises, some good, and some not so good. The roof timbers the nave (the main part of the church) are not in as good a condition as we hoped and in places, where they connect to the walls, we will need some steel plates made to provide extra support. On the plus side, the roof slates are in a much better condition than first though, and nearly all of them can be reused. These plusses and minuses mostly cancel each other out, so we are still on track to open before Christmas.
Thank you for your patience while the work is taking place. I know people are interested and wanting the church open for business again. We’ll keep you up to date and look forward to a grand reopening.
Hopefully by the time you are reading this St Edith’s Church will be covered in scaffolding so what’s happening? Well we are finally carrying out the work that we have been planning for over two years. This has been possible thanks to a very large grant (£180,000) from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is the result of lots of hard work from many different people in helping us secure that grant.
Inspecting the damage
We’re looking into it
So what are we actually doing? The project includes:
• Re-roofing the aisles (including the roof from where the lead was stolen)
• Re-roofing the nave (the main part of the church)
• Sorting out a lot of high level stonework
• Restoring the roof timbers and preserving our wooden ‘angels’
• Opening up the area behind the font by removing the screen that is currently there
• Installing a modern toilet with disabled access
• Moving the servery to the west end of the south aisle We will also be producing some new signs, leaflets and a website for visitors to learn more about St Edith’s. In total the work is costing £250,000.
Angels with dirty faces
Inadequate rainwater disposal and eroding stonework
While the work is going on the church will be closed for safety reasons, but we’ll be open again as soon as possible. When we are closed our Saturday ‘shop’ gatherings will take the form of various coffee mornings around the village and we will be enjoying some house worship on Sundays.
If you want more information about the project, or if you would like to contribute in any way, either by offering help, or by making a donation, then please get in touch with me.