Launch marks two decades of festival event

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  • Celebrating some of the area’s rich heritage
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West Lindsey Churches Festival has grown over the past 20 years to become one of the largest in Europe and this year there are a record 94 churches taking part.

The festival celebrated these two milestones at its annual conference, where more than 100 people gathered at Hemswell Court, all of them involved in caring for these historic buildings and making the festival the success it is.

“Last year, visitor numbers had increased by 1,536 to 7229, and volunteer numbers were up from 456 to 639 – 183 more,” said Festival chairman Paul Howitt-Cowan.

“With a record 94 churches taking part this year, we hope these figures will go up again and I encourage everyone to get involved: these buildings really are little gems of heritage, scattered across Lincolnshire.”

Other speakers at the event were Linda Patrick, festival brochure producer/editor; Angela Montague of Push Creativity, PR, social media and festival website; Chris Robey, MD of Systematic Print, sponsors and printers of the brochure, and the Ven Mark Steadman, Archdeacon of Stow and Lindsey.

Keynote speaker was award-winning BBC broadcaster Dr Jonathan Foyle, with a talk about the architecture of Lincoln Cathedral and the symbolism of the red and white rose.

This year’s West Lindsey Open Churches Festival takes place on May 7 and 8, for churches to the east, and May 14 and 15, for churches west.