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45 churches and chapels open their doors for Horncastle & Villages Churches Festival in Lincolnshire

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Following on from the success of its inaugural festival last year, the Horncastle and Villages Churches Festival will see 45 churches and chapels open their doors on the 8 and 9 September 2018.

With free entry to all, the event brings together many rural communities, with churches offering homemade bakes and lunches, bell ringing, crafts, book sales and exhibitions such as displays on local history or children’s artwork.  
 
With this year's festival, many of the churches are commemorating two significant dates. This part of Lincolnshire is rich in aviation heritage and the festival is featuring exhibitions celebrating 100 years since the formation of the RAF. Other villages are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. 
 
High Toynton is a “double thankful” village – a term coined by Arthur Mee after the first World War to pay thanks to all their servicemen returning home.  At High Toynton, one of only 14 villages in the UK, all servicemen from both world wars safely returned home.
 
Over 100 volunteers open up their churches, ensuring they are on hand to answer questions on the buildings and point out the fascinating details visitors would not want to miss and the hidden stories waiting to be discovered.
 
Full details of what each church is offering can be found on the festival website.
 
(images copyright Angela Montague)
 

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