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Church Spring Clean
Thanks to all volunteers who helped to spring clean the Church and the churchyard on March 27th. It looks like ‘Many hands make light work’ will become the new Pickworth motto!

Quiz Night
Over twenty villagers and guests participated in the Quiz Night on Saturday April 24th. All questions (and the 8x8 draw prizes) had a ‘George’ connection, and the winning team was the ‘Pickenhammers’ (Ian and Julie Frudd, Geoff Cook and Jill Trail) by a very narrow margin. Another successful event which was enjoyed by all participants.

Richard Pilkington and Chrissy Mostyn - the acoustic folk duo Blackheart - entertained a packed Village Hall on March 25th. The concert was excellent and Blackheart’s stories, songs and melodies were thoroughly enjoyed by all audience members. We are sure that Richard and Chrissy enjoyed the evening too, and we wish them every success on their current tour. We hope to have the opportunity to enjoy another Blackheart concert in the future.


'Help for Heroes'
We are delighted to announce the sum raised for donation to the H4H charity is £1230, a fabulous response to our Appeal.

This amount will be increased by gift aid, where appropriate, and by residents who wished to make an on line donation.

So, a very worthwhile initiative in support of our wounded forces and one that our small community can feel justifiably proud of.

To follow the ongoing work of the charity see www.helpforheroes.org.uk

With our sincere thanks,
David & Heather - Joe & Jenny - Ian & Diane

The Heritage Open Day

Heritage day image Heritage Day 2

The Heritage Open Day at St. Andrews Church was well attended, and Jenny Seddon’s explanatory talk was appreciated by all visitors. At the same event, Norman Whiting of the Pickworth Local History Group presented a Graveyard Plan showing details of burials in the grounds, and copies of the Wall Painting leaflet written by David Cox. Additionally, the Pickworth Local History Group launched their book on Pickworth School, written by Rosemary Buchan.

Ride & Stride

On Saturday, September 12th, keen cyclists from South Lafford participated in a ‘ride and stride’ grand tour of all the churches in the Parish. Ride and Stride

Calendar Competition 210

Judging of entries for the Calendar Competition 2010 also took place courtesy of Cllr. Martin Hill. The overall winner was Heather Cox, and full results have been posted on the Village Notice Board. Artwork for the calendar has been selected from the winning entries, and copies of the calendar will be available at the Autumn Fair in November, or from Joe & Jenny (497681) after that date.

Calendar Competition1 Winner


More Pickworth Events for Saturday 12th September
For your Sat Nav: St. Andrew’s Church,
Church Lane, Pickworth, Lincolnshire, NG34 0TF

Open Day at St Andrews Church Pickworth
There will be a Heritage Open Day at St Andrews Church Pickworth, for the church ’s renowned Medieval Wall Paintings. These nationally significant paintings date from the 1300’s. Hidden during the Reformation, they were rediscovered in the 1940’s, and depict scenes from medieval theology – they were ‘the poor man’s Bible’. An explanatory talk will be given.

The church will be open from 10am - 4pm, and the talk will start at 2pm. Entry to both the church and the talk will be free of charge.

Graveyard Plan Presentation
At the same event, Norman Whiting of the Pickworth Local History Group will be presenting Local Priest Charlie Roberts with a Graveyard Plan showing details of burials in the grounds, and 100 copies of the Wall Painting leaflet which has been written by Pickworth villager David Cox.

History of Pickworth School
History of Pickworth School
Additionally, the Pickworth Local History Group will also launch their book on Pickworth School, which has been written by Pickworth villager Rosemary Buchan.

Ride & Stride
On Saturday September 12th, keen cyclists from South Lafford will be participating in a ‘ride and stride’ grand tour of all the churches in the Parish. We expect them to be making an appearance in Pickworth at various times during the day, and they are very welcome to join in the different activities in the Church, and to view the entries for the Calendar Competition 2010 in Pickworth Village Hall. Judging of calendar entries will take place at 3pm.

Visitors to the village - please take care of increased traffic levels, on both two and four wheels!

The new village hall
The new village hall was opened on 28th March, and is now available for bookings.
To hire the hall, please contact the Bookings Secretary 01529 497832
Or  email:  dianeroberts@talk21.com

New village hall

The new village hall, opening in March 2009, was made possible by grant aid and by local fund raising;  it will enable activities to start up again  -  some have been temporarily suspended since the loss of the old hall, although some meetings and events have been held in the church.  The sorts of activities that have been popular in the village have included a garden club, keep fit, toddlers’ group, bingo, computer classes, local history group and its open events  -  and of course, the Pickworth Pantomime. 

All villagers, by virtue of residence, are members of  the Pickworth Welfare Society (PWS), which looks after the Village Hall and the Village Green, and all residents are welcome to join, and of course to initiate, local activities and events.

New hall Hall interior


Dig up your Roots
7 pm in Pickworth Village Hall

Join Jenny Seddon and Liz Machin as they show you how to get started on finding out about your ancestors.  Where did they live?  What jobs did they do?  Will you find a royal ancestor – or worse?

Saturday 8 September 2007

A Village Heritage
12 Noon to 4 pm in St Andrew’s Church, Pickworth

An exhibition of "work in progress" by the Pickworth Local History Group.  Village Life from Domesday onwards. Medieval wall paintings, memories of Charles Sharpe VC and tales of our school.   Refreshments available.

Part of Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days.

Pickworth: Change and Continuity In The Rural Community

Pickworth is a small village in South Lincolnshire, experiencing, like many others, rapid and profound change. Set in agricultural surroundings, few of its people now have any direct connection with farming, and its local services (school, post office, shop) have long disappeared.

How is the experience of community to be sustained and developed in the face of such changes? The Pickworth project is addressing this question by exploring the heritage of the village and the surrounding area - its landscape, people and built environment as they have evolved over the centuries to the present day. Local people are involved in events designed to encourage interest in the past and concern for the future of the village.

The project started with a ‘launch event’ which brought in people from a wide area who had connections with Pickworth. It is continuing through studies of village life at various times, through oral history, documentary records, farming, landscape and wildlife. Events and activities such as field walking, workshops and a village walk are planned, and local residents are encouraged to contribute in aspects that particularly interest them.

A ‘Book of Pickworth’ and an accompanying DVD will be produced, and a plan of the graves in the churchyard together with details of the graves will be made available to the church. Records and documents relating to this work will be conserved after the closure of the project


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