Heckington church takes part in Heritage Open Days for first time

Heckington's St Andrew's Church EMN-150809-175037001
Heckington's St Andrew's Church EMN-150809-175037001

For the first time, St Andrew’s Church in Heckington is taking part in the National Heritage Open Days programme this weekend and will be open from Friday to Sunday, 9am-5pm each day.

There will be free guided tours, under the expert leadership of the church’s own guiding team.

Navigation House, Sleaford. EMN-150809-180215001

Navigation House, Sleaford. EMN-150809-180215001

Places on the tours can be pre-booked by telephoning 01529 460306. Refreshments are also available on Saturday and Sunday.

There is also a free musical concert by the St Andrew’s Singers on Saturday at 6pm in the church, under the direction of John Lyon, with a theme of ‘Music Through the Ages’. There is no need to book, you can just turn up.

On Sunday there will also be a special Choral Evensong at 6pm.

Andrew Key, chairman of the St Andrew’s Heritage and Tourism Group said: “We are so pleased to be involved in this national programme of Heritage Open Days, designed to be accessible to all, free of charge and an ideal way to find out more about the history that is quite literally on our own doorstep.”

Cogglesford Mill, Sleaford. EMN-150809-180227001

Cogglesford Mill, Sleaford. EMN-150809-180227001

○ Venues across North Kesteven open their doors to the public for free from September 10 to 13.

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors and is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

Participating venues within North Kesteven are: Aubourn Clock Tower, Aubourn; Cogglesford Watermill, Sleaford; Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, North Rauceby; Heckington Windmill, Heckington; Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum, North Hykeham; Navigation House, Sleaford; Quaker Meeting House, Brant Broughton; Hill Holt Wood, Norton Disney; St Peter and St Paul Church, Osbournby; St Denis’ Church, Silk Willoughby; St Denys’ Church, Sleaford; Temple Bruer Tower; there are Sleaford historical walks and Welbourn historical walks.

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre. EMN-150809-180238001

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre. EMN-150809-180238001

Venues in South Kesteven include: Fulbeck Hall; Sempringham Abbey and Pickworth church.

To find out what’s happening at these venues go to www.heritageopendays.org.uk and find the online search directory; alternatively, you can pick up a Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days brochure in many venues across the county. You can also request a brochure by calling the NKDC tourism unit on 01529 308207.