A NADFAS Church Trail marks the unveiling of the restoration of a Lincolnshire parish church

Caythorpe’s parish church St Vincent’s officially re-opened in September 2016 after months of restoration work and development of new facilities to help visitors to understand its history. The church has been shrouded in scaffolding for some time, undergoing much-needed restoration work and its re-opening saw two events to mark the occasion – one of which Church Trail volunteers from Holland and Kevesten DFAS were involved in.

The Archdeacon of Boston launched the NADFAS Church Trail, suitable for all ages. Sally Kelway, PCC member and chairman of the appeal committee said: “It is a fun way of looking round and noticing things that you might otherwise miss. We have received great help and expertise from the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, (NADFAS). The NADFAS national adviser and members of the Holland and Kesteven branch will be attending. All are welcome.”

The second event was an exhibition by Sir William Robertson School Year 9 students, A Bridge Too Far, part of the church’s biggest service of the year – the annual Battle of Arnhem remembrance service, marking the village’s links with the Paratroopers who were based locally before flying to Holland as part of the ill-fated Operation Market Garden attempt in the Second World War to capture bridges in Holland. Mrs Kelway said: “We now have a weather proof, sound church fit for purpose in the 21st century with good access. All are welcome and the church is open every day of the year.”

 

Holland and Kevesten DFAS - www.hakafas.org.uk

Caythorpe Church – www.caythorpechurch.uk

More information on NADFAS Church Trails volunteering - https://www.nadfas.org.uk/what-we-do/nadfas-church-trails

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