Seven parishes forming a united benefice in South Lincolnshire
orth Beltisloe Group of Parishes
Our village and its church
Ingoldsby is a growing village with a population of about 280. It was originally a farming community but only three farming families now remain. There are some small businesses and tradesmen, others commute to Grantham. There are 15 on the electoral role.
St Bartholomew’s Church structure dates from the 12th century, and a church was recorded in the Domesday Book. The church is rated as Grade I by Historic England. It is normally kept unlocked during daylight hours.
The village county primary school pupils have a Remembrance Day service annually in the church, and the links with the church are currently being increased. There are excellent Brownies and Rainbows sections who organise Mothering Sunday and Christingle services each year, plus occasional drama events in the church.
Services are normally held twice a month, one of which is usually Holy Communion. The Benefice Group service is held in the church once or twice a year, with the choir and about 45 attending. Attendance at normal services is about 9. Mothering Sunday, Christingle Services and festival services are well attended.
The PCC has 8 members. It has previously met 3 or 4 times a year, but currently is meeting more often, to administer the church repairs and associated community activities
THE STATE OF OUR BUILDINGS
St Bartholomew’s has recently had the south aisle roof replaced, the tower masonry repaired, and some other repairs. It also has a remodelled vestry and a new toilet. A servery has been added for light refreshments. A new cross has been put on the chancel gable end, since the old cross fell some years ago. Because the church has chairs rather than pews, and new facilities, it will be possible to extend its uses for community events. By the end of 2016, the building will have been brought up to the full standard required by Historic England for a Grade I church, and will have included all the repairs of the recent Quinquennial Inspections.
If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact a PCC member for details.