Ten 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 parish events such as a harvest festival meal or Flower festival normally. A Gala weekend is taking place on 5th to 7th June 2015.
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. English Heritage 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 have awarded us a first round pass for grants amounting to £132,800, which includes a development grant of £12,300 to provide the necessary specifications for the work and to prepare plans for community development activities. The PCC is most grateful to HLF for their support, without which the necessary repairs would have been impossible.
The Project Development phase activities are to plan community activities, recruit volunteers for them, make detailed surveys, prepare architect’s specifications, and get costs for the work, which started in late 2014 until October 2015. If these plans and costs are accepted by HLF, two years of a Delivery phase for the work on the church will follow from March 2016, to implement the repairs, with community activities, in 2016/17. This is estimated to cost in all about £160,000, including the grant of £132,800.
If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact a PCC member for details.
01476 585 749