The book launch at Whaplode


Many thanks to everyone who came to the Light Ships event at Whaplode Church yesterday afternoon. It was wonderful to see so many friendly faces and to finally be able to share the work with the people involved. I’ll add some photos from the day here as soon as possible. And special thanks to Tim Galley and Tony Fitt-Savage whose organ recitals created such lovely music during the exhibition, to Jo Wheeler for recreating her Village Postcard project specially in the porch, and most of all to the community of St Mary’s who welcomed us, refreshed us and rang the bells to send us on our way.

The photos give a nice sense of the occasion. They were taken by Steve Hatton at Electric Egg for Transported, and I’m grateful to both of them for permission to include them here.

It’s not over yet though – the exhibition will be open today after the Remembrance Day Service and The Light Ships book will be on sale in aid of church funds. And there will be exhibitions at Wrnagle Church on 22-23 November and Gosberton Church on 29-30 November too.

Finally – a glitch. It seems that some copies of the book have a binding error which means that pages 9-24 are missing and pages 25-40 are included twice. If anyone came away from the event yesterday with a defective copy, please let me know, or contact Lauren Williams at Transported and we’ll replace it with a good one.

Come to Whaplode Church on Saturday afternoon…

Rosie Redzia, 2014, 'Whaplode Church' (detail)
Rosie Redzia, 2014, ‘Whaplode Church’ (detail)

The first of the Light Ships events will take place this Saturday, 8 November, at St Mary’s Church in Whaplode. As well as the chance to see one of the loveliest and most unusual churches in the fens, there will be exhibitions, film screenings and the launch of The Light Ships book. Among the work to be seen will be

  • Village Postcards by Jo Wheeler for Transported
  • Drawings of local churches by Rosie Redzia
  • An Exhibition of work by Local Artists, organised by Mary Brice
  • Woollen Sculptures made by Lincolnshire knitters

There will be two organ recitals and the church’s 300 year old bells will be rung. At 3.00pm we will be showing two wonderful historic films.

  • COUNTRY TOWN was filmed in Boston in 1943 and gives a fantastic portrait of this ancient town;
  • On a lighter note, WRESTLING PARSON, was made in 1963 about Reg Thomspon, wrestler and vicar of Moulton Chapel.

Country Town 2The first of the Light

The Light Ships book will be introduced, and there will be tea and cake afterwards. Do come if you can – and please tell others who may be interested too. This is a special opportunity to celebrate the place of the church in community life and everyone is most welcome.

Whaplode map