The present meets the past in Algarkirk

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What's happening over the coming months?

•    11 August FREE Oral History workshop (Guildhall, Boston)
•    15 - 31 August: The Great Village Selfie
•    20th August: Churchyard Survey 10.00-16.00
•    13th September: Heritage Open Day
•    23rd September: Crafty Coffee Club 10 - 12 noon. (Every 4th Wednesday)
•    September - October: Heritage skills training sessions
•    October 4th - Harvest Lunch
Services are still being held as usual (week one, 11.00 communion; week four, 09.00  communion / morning prayer.) 

All are very welcome!

There is a lot happening over the coming months, and we hope that you will all find something to join in with.  

The first of our projects, the Great Village Selfie, certainly has something for everyone.  While we are looking back at the history of the church and the village, we also want to make sure that we can record something of Algarkirk as it is now for future generations too, so we are asking everyone to take a photo of themselves and their homes (include the pets and the grandchildren too) and to send it to algarkirk@heritagelincolnshire.org. Don't forget to say who is in the picture!  We realise that not everyone has a mobile phone or a camera, so if you call Cheryllyn on 460174, we'll get someone to call round between 15th and 31st of August and take the photo for you. If you are going on holiday, don't miss out. Send your picture in early.

All the photos will go up on our website: it might be the first time people will have been able to put a name to the faces they have seen around the village. Later we are hoping to use some of the pictures as part of an art workshop.

If you have an interest in history, there are a number of activities taking place over the summer. Help us to create a site plan of the churchyard and to gather gravestone information. 

A churchyard plan is invaluable as it allows individual memorials and family groupings to be located and descendants to easily find family gravesites. It also provides a record of all features in the burial landscape. No experience is necessary, training will be provided on the day. You will learn surveying and recording skills including an introduction to scale drawing. Absolute beginners welcome!

For more information, or to book a place, call Natalie on 01529 461499.

We would like to capture some of the precious memories our villagers have too. Training on how to collect and record oral histories will be given in a free workshop on 11 August at the Guildhall in Boston. Contact Sam.Phillips@boston.gov.uk for more details.

For other Heritage training events, do go to our website for dates and details (www.algarkirkchurch.org.uk) or call Natalie (01529 461499) for more details. You can also follow us now on Facebook (Algarkirk Church) and Twitter! (@algarkirkchurch)

All the family can get involved in our Heritage Open day.  An afternoon of medieval music and crafts on Sunday 13th September at Algarkirk Church. Fun and interest for everyone from 12 noon until 16.00. 

Talking of crafts... the first of our Crafty Coffee Clubs kicked off at the end of July.  It was great fun! There was a chance to learn printing on paper and fabric and we all enjoyed the fantastic baking some of the ladies brought along (thanks Mary, Rose and Di!) as well as a chance for a good natter. It is amazing how much talent was on show. We will start our regular fourth Wednesday meetings  from September 23rd. There is no charge, and it doesn't matter whether you are brilliant at something or a complete novice, we would love to see you there. Do join us. If anyone needs a lift to get in, please call Di on 460638. We will be making felted soap in September, so a chance to get a head start on the Christmas prezzies!

Finally, please keep the date Sunday, 4th October, for our village Harvest Festival. The service will be held in the church at 11.00, followed by a lunch in the Village Hall at 12.30.  Tickets £5. Reserve your place by calling Di (460638) or Cheryllyn (460174).