Churches Sconeathon celebrations set to tempt the tastebuds!

by | 26 April 2019 | Community Event, Community Focus, Gainsborough

Now in its 23rd year, the West Lindsey Churches Festival will see 95 churches and chapels across Lincolnshire opening on the weekends of 11th and 12th May and 18th and 19th May, with what’s believed to be Lincolnshire’s first ‘Sconeathon’!

With free entry to all, over half of the churches are gearing up for the Sconeathon Challenge, creating wonderful and intriguing flavoured scones for visitors to sample as they travel from church to church. A full list of churches open can be found at and on our events calendar at
Those open include:

Gainsborough United Reformed Church
Gainsborough DN21 2JR
11th May — 10.00am to 4.00pm
12th May — 2.00pm to 4.00pm
The church was built in 1897 as a memorial to John Robinson, pastor of the Mayflower Pilgrims. It holds a permanent pilgrim exhibition. There will be the formal opening of The Mayflower Room at 1.00pm on Saturday. The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 dance project will give two performances on Saturday, at 11.00am and 2.00pm. There will be organ music and an art exhibition during the weekend and scones and a cake sale on Saturday morning.

St Radegund DN21 4ET
11th May — 10.00am to 4.30pm
12th May — 9.30am to 4.00pm
The church will be displaying items and photos of the village of Manton. See records from the archives, pictures old and new, rectors, school records and census returns. Talk to people who used to worship at Manton church (now a private house). Play St Radegund’s Benjamin Flight organ and try their locally sourced lunches. The church will also host a concert on Friday 10th May at 7.30pm with the Highcliffe Brass Quintet and Singing for Pleasure choir.

St Paul’s Church
Morton DN21 2JR
11th May — 10.00am to 4.00pm
12th May — 10.00am to 4.00pm
View the magnificent 10 Wm Morris — Edward Burne-Jones windows. For the Sconeathon, various scone recipes will be baked and served as the refreshments. You can also see displays on an afternoon tea and family meal theme and there will be art and craft exhibits from schools and community organisations. A booklet of scone recipes and afternoon tea stories will be on sale. On Saturday at 3.00pm there will be an organ recital and also on Saturday afternoon the Willingham Band will be playing a selection of dance music. Contact Jan Greenwood on 01427 629316 or Marion Barnes on 01427 617057.

Friends of Gainsborough Cemeteries and Chapel
Gainsborough DN21 1HH
11th May — 10.00am to 3.00pm
12th May — 10.00am to 3.00pm
See a display about Gainsborough’s War Memorials that were erected in the 1920s. Sadly many have not survived to the present day, but recently one of the ‘lost’ memorials that used to be in the Primitive Methodist Church on Beaumont Street has been rediscovered and has been donated to the Gainsborough Heritage Centre. The memorial lists 19 members of the church who died in WWI. The Friends have also compiled an updated Roll of Honour which lists all the local soldiers who died in WWI.