New Cross Finishes off Nocton Church’s Nave and Chancel Re-Roofing
The re-roofing of Nocton Church’s nave and chancel roofs, begun last July, has been completed by the addition of a new Ancaster stone cross. The original Victorian cross at the west end of the nave fell down in a storm around eighteen years ago. Paul Mendham Stonemasons took a rubbing of the surviving cross at the east gable of the nave and later carved a copy of it for the west end. The new cross was put into place on 3 May. The dates ‘1862’ and ‘2012’ are carved on it, to mark the 150th anniversary of the finest Victorian Gothic Revival church in Lincolnshire. The cross stands about five feet high, and can be seen from a distance when approaching Nocton village.
Having received generous grants from English Heritage and the Lincolnshire Churches Trust among others, people in the village are continuing fundraising efforts to cover the costs and VAT of the roofing and the new cross, the installation of new lighting in the chancel to show off the ceiling and roof timber decoration, and the renewal of stencilling around the east window. Still to come are the restoration of the figures of two apostles in the chancel wall paintings, drainage works, and repairs to the disabled ramp and churchyard light. Donations have been coming in to help meet the target of £40,000.
Coming up soon in Nocton Church is the Ellys Manor House Chamber Music Festival. On Friday 18 May at 7 p.m., Saturday 19th May at 7.30 p.m. and Sunday 20th May at 4 p.m., Clive Taylor of Ellys Manor House is putting on a concert series of music for voice and ensemble by among others, Bach, Handel and Telemann, performed on baroque cello, harpsichord, flute and violin, by artists of international standing. For information and tickets, phone Stamford Arts Centre on 01780 763203, (www.ellysmanor.com).
The Nocton Church Flower Festival Weekend runs from Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July 2012, with the theme of ‘Our Village in 1862: Celebrating Nocton Church’s 150th anniversary.’ On the Friday at 7.30pm is the Flower Festival Preview Evening. Admission (by ticket only) is £5, including wine and superior canapés. On Saturday 30 June, and Sunday 1 July, the church is open for visitors to the Flower Festival from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. There will be refreshments on sale and a plant stall. On Saturday evening (30 June) at 7.30 p.m., the Lincoln Minster School Chamber Choir (Choir of the Year 2010 category finalists) will give a varied concert of choral music, catering to all musical tastes. Tickets are £9, (under 16s free). The combined ticket price for the preview and concert is £12. The Flower Festival will close on Sunday 1 July at 6 p.m. with a Service of Songs of Praise. Tickets are available from Sue Morris (01526 321455). For more information see www.nocton-church.blogspot.com and www.noctonfestival2012.vpweb.co.uk.