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Ten parishes forming a united benefice in South Lincolnshire

orth Beltisloe Group of Parishes

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The Parishes

BASSINGTHORPE


BITCHFIELD


BOOTHBY PAGNELL


BRACEBY


BURTON le COGGLES


HUMBY CHAPEL


INGOLDSBY


LENTON


OLD SOMERBY


ROPSLEY


SAPPERTON


OTHER LINKS


Statement of Need


Draft Minutes of North Beltisloe Group Council Meeting

16th March 2015

St Nicholas'

Sapperton

Our village and its church


Located 8 miles east of Grantham, Sapperton is a very small village made up of 34 residents in 12 houses. From 4 families there are currently 12 youngsters under 12, the majority of whom attend the highly regarded C of E Primary school at Ropsley.


Whilst still primarily a farming village, our residents range from young professionals to the active-retired. The village has a strong sense of community and supports each other’s needs and activities. We regularly contribute to Action Aid and Christian Aid. Villagers usually take part in the Lincolnshire Old Churches’ Bike & Stride event.


St Nicholas’ Church is a focal point for village life, particularly at Easter, Harvest and Christmas. Tucked away in the corner of the village, the small church building dates from the 12th Century and is a fine example of Norman architecture. It is kept unlocked and partakes in the Church Tourism trail.


Church services


Our Church Services are co-ordinated with our nearest neighbour, Braceby. Between the two villages there are normally 3 Sunday services over a 2 month period. Our patronal feast day is a well-supported Group Eucharist and Gifts service which helps underprivileged children in Grantham. The local ministry team help us organise a small number of “Village Services”. Regular Church attendances, whilst low in numbers, are stable.


The state of our buildings


The PCC fully accepts its responsibility to maintain St. Nicholas’ in full working order. The basic structure of the building is sound. We use Quinquennial Surveys to prioritise our maintenance activities. Since 2010 the Church building has installed mains electricity to provide lighting and heating. Our annual Parish share is always paid in full.


PCC officers


Church Warden                  Janet Saunders       01476 585263

Church Warden                  Jonathan Tesh          

Secretary & Treasurer      Giles Halfhead          01476 585241