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SOME of West Lindsey’s finest architecture will be celebrated this month in the annual Churches Festival.

Some 85 churches are taking part in this year’s event over two weekends, with many organising special activities and displays.

This weekend, May 5 and 6, focuses on the east of the district, with churches in the Market Rasen and Caistor areas throwing open their doors to visitors.

Amongst the activities organised at the churches are organ trails, flower and art displays, bell-ringing, big brunch breakfasts, wedding festivals and Diamond Jubilee and Olympics celebrations.

But the most unusual exhibition this year must be taking place at Caistor, St Peter and St Paul’s where you are invited to go ‘Hopping Mad’ and find the vicar’s frogs.

There are also self-nominated ‘quiet’ churches, such as that of Friesthorpe, and many churches will be serving refreshments – from tea and biscuits to full-blown cooked breakfasts and lunches.

Opening times of the churches vary.

The west of the district will be the focus of the Churches Festival the following weekend, May 12 and 13.

Among the activities this weekend are:

l Cabourne – full history of the village and local characters.

l Caistor Methodist – organ recitals and Christian Aid lunches.

l East Barkwith - display of baptism and wedding clothes.

l Caistor – Take a tour of the church and find the vicar’s frogs.

l Grasby – flower displays and book stall.

l Great Limber – wedding dress festival.

l Faldingworth – Colours of Day exhibition.

l Middle Rasen – Fish theme.

Printed brochures with details of all the churches are available from participating churches.

Alternatively log on to www.churchesfestival.info .