Heritage sites ready to open their doors

Silk Willoughby Church. EMN-140509-150107001
Silk Willoughby Church. EMN-140509-150107001

More than 100 free events are set to be major crowd-pullers this week as heritage sites across Lincolnshire open their doors to visitors.

Heritage Open Days, which run from tomorrow (Thursday) to Sunday, allow members of the public the chance to view usually inaccessible heritage sites and join special talks and walks around the county.

Beverley Gormley, Heritage Lincolnshire’s cultural events officer said: “From large stately homes to cosy traditional dwellings and well-known historic sites to the county’s hidden gems, there will be something for everyone.”

For more information on events and venues in the area, visit www.lincsheritage.org/hod or email HOD@lincsheritage.org.

○ St Denis’ Church, Silk Willoughby, will be open from Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4.30pm when the 14th century church will be decorated with knitted and felt poppies made by parishioners and friends. These will be sold in aid of the Royal British Legion.

The displays will feature Great War memorabilia, especially of soldiers who died and served in the war with emphasis on Charles Markham, the only man from the village to be killed in action.

On Friday, at 7.30pm, there will be a concert by Hi Notes including songs from the shows and from the Great War. Admission is priced at £5.

On Sunday, at 9am there will be a Thanksgiving Service. Those who lost relatives in the war will be given a candle to light or a rose to place in a vase.

St Denis’ is Grade I listed and has a Norman font, medieval poppy heads and a Jacobean pulpit.

Other points of interest include the lectern with upstanding wooden eagle, Christopher Whall east window and Glen Carter stained glass window.

○ An exhibition telling the story of local conscientious objectors in the First World War and the role played by Lincolnshire Quakers in supporting them will be held at Brant Broughton Quaker Meeting House from Thursday to Sunday.

Alternative Voices 1914-18 will be open 10am-4pm apart from Sunday when it will be 1-4pm.

○ There will be First World War activities at All Saints Church, Nocton, on Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, noon to 4pm.

○ Sleaford will be holding two events on Saturday September 13. The Sleaford Hospital Chapel, Eastgate will be open from 10am - 12 noon with a talk on the history of the site and the Carre family at 11am.

At St Deny’s Church in the market place from 2pm - 4 pm there will be a display of early photographs, artefacts and a First World War Poppy Map. Entry to both events is free.

○ The Past and Present History Group is holding a heritage weekend in St Andrew’s Church, Folkingham on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-5pm commemorating the First World War with a display of memorabilia and photographs. There will be an embroidery gruop exhibition and music from the era, refreshments and entry is free.

A concert will be held in the church on Saturday evening from 7pm with songs and poetry to commemorate the First World War.

○ There is free entry to Heckington windmill between 12noon and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday with baking demonstrations 1-4pm and the mill tea rooms will be open. The newly refurbished mill sails will be turning too (depending on wind).