OPEN CHURCH:

St Giles, Balderton
is open throughout the autumn and winter every Wednesday between 2 and 3 pm.

During Spring and Summer every Wednesday between 2 and 4pm

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All Saints, Coddington

The English Heritage Lottery Grant received towards the repair of the chancel, nave, and south aisle roofs requires the church to be open for 40 days per annum, and 1 day is equivalent to 6 hours. Being open for services/events does not count towards this requirement. Consequently, we are looking to extend our small team of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to facilitate this requirement.

All Saints’ is your village Church, a beautiful and historic community building, here for all in the parish and beyond. But it needs looking after, and keeping open, and for this we need volunteers to help. Could you lend a little of your time and talents for this?

  • The Open Church Rotas operate every Wednesdays 0900-1500, from the end of March to the end of September; one Friday per month 0930-1530, from May to September (inclusive); and one Saturday per month 0930-1530, from March to October (inclusive) i.e. this is not an all-year round commitment.

    Volunteers do not have to be church-goers and do not have to do this on their own. The rotas are staffed by volunteers in ‘one-hour slots’ so there is flexibility to choose an hour to suit your other commitments, and it does not have to be a regular commitment. This is an opportunity to spend an hour away from the hustle and bustle of life, where you could read/exchange/buy a book, knit, chat, spend a quiet hour with a friend, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, or find out more about the history of the church and the village. It is also an opportunity to meet some interesting people who will visit the church from far afield and locally.

    The last day for Open Church this year is Saturday, 6 October 2018, from 0930-1530.   Do please come along and support our volunteers.

    Do please pop in for a coffee/tea; chat; choose a book; quiet reflection;………….. as we would love to see you and our volunteers would love having you to visit! Also, please bring along your family and friends, and remember to sign our visitors book as we have to return our visitor numbers each year to English Heritage in support of our roof grants.

    Once again, a massive thankyou to all our volunteers who have enabled us to keep the church open this year for the benefit of our community. A particular mention and thanks are due to our Rota Manager, Joan Rigby, who has worked tirelessly to ensure that all rota slots were filled – thankyou, Joan!

    Before starting to construct the Rota sheets for 2019, it would be helpful to receive some feedback about what has worked and what hasn’t; whether the 3 days chosen are the most suitable or would a change of one or more of these days (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday) be beneficial and encourage more visitors; and any other points that you would like to make? Please contact Sue Lovell or Joan Rigby, with your feedback by the end of October 2018.

     

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All Saints, Barnby-in-the-Willows

All Saints, Barnby in the Willows is open on request.  Please contact the churchwarden, Mrs Yvette Wellard or Revd Louise Holliday