Community minded Sutterton

Church ladies (from left) Carol Hamilton, Liz Beauchamp, Janice Despicht, Joy Ellis, Janet Mossman and Eileen Thomas in St Mary's Church, Sutterton.

Church ladies (from left) Carol Hamilton, Liz Beauchamp, Janice Despicht, Joy Ellis, Janet Mossman and Eileen Thomas in St Mary's Church, Sutterton.

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A big community effort has resulted in a £1,000 contributions towards work to St Mary’s Church at Sutterton.

The village held an open garden and scarecrow weekend that was “very successful”.

Churchwarden Janice Despicht said ten villagers had opened their gardens and many more had created scarecrows for the weekend.

In addition the Bell Mere wildlife site was open and the church served hot drinks and food as well as mounting an exhibition of paintings.

She said: “We are a very community minded village and people who support the church are not necessarily church-goers but they open their gardens, bake cakes and make things and help out generally in the church. It was a big community effort from the whole village.

“Most people had scarecrows in their garden and we had some life-size scarecrow figures as well.”

Janice said the weekend was organised by the St Mary’s Church team, and added: “It’s very much a team at St Mary’s. I am churchwarden in name along with David Mossman, but we get a lot of help.”

The organisers only expected a few paintings for the exhibition, but in the event just over 100 turned up, submitted by artists from Spalding, Boston, Swineshead, Fosdyke and surrounding areas.

On Sunday, the Rev Charles Robertson held the usual morning service.

Janice said the funds would go towards funding a toilet and kitchen as well as general repairs to the church, parts of which date back to Norman times.

A couple of years ago a property inspection identified problems with a roof and some stonework that would cost £250,000 to repair. At about the same time the church was forced to replace – at massive cost – lead stolen off the roof.