Seven parishes forming a united benefice in South Lincolnshire
orth Beltisloe Group of Parishes
Our village and its church
Ingoldsby parish is in the North Beltisloe Group, and about 300 people live here. Many work in Grantham or nearby, or commute, some are retired, and there are some farming families and small businesses.
St. Bartholomew’s is a handsome parish church which dates from the 11th to 15th Centuries. A church was recorded in Ingoldsby in Doomsday Book. It has north and south aisles, each with three arches to the nave, and a chancel rebuilt in Victorian times. The south aisle has a clerestory and remains of a medieval ‘Coronation of the Virgin’ window. There are three bells in the tower, but these can only be chimed, and a church bells record is played before services. The church importance is listed as Grade 1 by English Heritage. It is normally unlocked during the day.
Ingoldsby has an excellent County Primary School whose children perform annually in the church and well established Brownies and Rainbows sections who organize a Christingle service each year. Supermarkets and shopping in Grantham are 8 miles away with a bus service.
Holy Communion is usually celebrated each month, and services are held of Morning and of Evening prayer once each month for up to a dozen people. The Communion service for the Group is here by rotation and for St Bartholomew’s Day.
Well attended services are held for Christingle, a Christmas Tree festival and Harvest festival. There are normally parish events such as a Harvest festival meal or a Flower festival and a Gala weekend usually takes place in the summer.
The Parochial Church Council
The PCC has 7 members with a church roll of 14, but with wide village community support for the church activities and festivals. The PCC meets 3 or 4 times a year and arranges services, village events and special services. Lent house meetings have been arranged with success. There are cleaning and flower rotas which always welcome new volunteers.
Repairs to the roof and tower
We must replace the church south aisle roof and mend the tower masonry from scaffolding. Historic England list the church fabric as ‘at risk’ and tell us an essential repair is to fit lightning protection, as well as various other repairs and attention to the surface drains. This work is now urgent, to prevent further costly degradation.
The PCC applied for significant funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the repairs, and plans fund raising events and applications to suitable charities to support the work. We hope to fit a lavatory in the present vestry, and later to fit a servery for light refreshments, to make the church more suitable for community events. To support these repairs, a programme of community activities is proposed. We need volunteers to help with events, help research the church and village history, prepare a new Guide Book, implement a church web site and train guides for the church.
HLF awarded us a Development grant of £12,300 in 2015 to provide the necessary specifications for the work and to prepare plans for community development activities. Our architect obtained quotations and we made plans for community development activities, and submitted the costs and plans to HLF in October 2015.
We are delighted that HLF have now awarded us a grant of £125,000 to implement the Delivery phase of our project, and undertake the repairs and improvement necessary The PCC is most grateful to HLF for their support, without which the necessary repairs would have been impossible.
We are now starting two years of a Delivery phase. The work on the church to implement the repairs is planned from late March 2016, and the church cannot be accessed during the works until late summer 2016. Community activities are taking place during in 2016/17.
If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact a PCC member for details.