Parish church opens after two year break for Patronal Festival

by | 2 September 2021 | Community facility, Gainsborough, Heritage

A service to mark Walkeringham Parish Church’s Patronal Festival – the Church’s ‘birthday’ – was held on Thursday 22nd July, which was the Feast of St Mary Magdalene, to whom the church is dedicated.
The church was closed in 2018 after a fall of material from the roof. This has been repaired – but there is more work to be done.
And the pipe organ, which had not been used for over 20 years, was brought back into use and played by Fiona Law, organist at Clayworth and Misterton parish churches. The organ was installed in 1864 by Messrs Forsters and Andrews of Hull, at a cost of £130.
Local residents, as well as those from neighbouring parishes, attended the service in the Grade 1 listed building. The service was led by Reverend Richard Spray, who has supported the Oswaldbeck Benefice and taken most of the services throughout 2020 and 2021 since the retirement of the vicar. The sermon was delivered by the newly-appointed Archdeacon of Newark, Reverend Victoria Ramsey.
The intention is to hold occasional services in the Parish Church, once a new vicar has been appointed. The Archdeacon talked about discerning the opportunities for new ministry and the relationship between the Parish Church and its community and invited local support. Local parishes, within the Oswaldbeck Benefice, are currently collaborating with the Diocese on the appointment of a new vicar. Meanwhile, Walkeringham residents are welcome at services at any of the other churches in the Benefice:
• First Sunday of the month, Beckingham, 11.00am
• Second Sunday, Clayworth, 11.00am
• Third Sunday, Gringley, 9.30am
• Fourth Sunday, Misterton, 11.00am
• Fifth Sunday, West Stockwith, 11.00am
For further information about the Parish Church, go to A Church Near You ( or Facebook: (which includes information from across the Benefice).