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Churchyard Sponsored scythe in aid of the fabric fund: Saturday 31st October 2020Tony 'Poldark' Godwin

We usually have an ongoing fundraising programme helps us to maintain the fabric of our church, St Michael and All Angels in Whitwell.

With our quarterly planned fundraising events for 2020 cancelled and repairs to the nave roof required, our Churchwarden Tony Godwin has offered his emerging scything skills for a sponsored cut of the churchyard to the north side of the church.

Generally this area has been left to grow wild according to current biodiversity good practice but we still give it an annual haircut. As bare chested scything is not good practice (except for dramatic effect in TV drama) and it may be a bit chilly Tony will be fully clothed (phew!). He hopes that whilst reflectively honing the blade, the traffic passing on the road below will be slowed by the appearance of the ‘grim reaper’!

The cut grass will be collected in builders bags and sold to the highest bidder – collection only

Sponsor Tony's Scythe


Our fundraising events have also included:

  • the Whitwell 100 Club with a quarterly draw, the first of which took place in May. The club is open to all and details on how to join, the cost and its aims are available from Mark Latham or phone 01780 460347
  • Celebration of Bastille Day with a meal at The Noel in July, to acknowledge our village being “Twinned with Paris”.
  • Produce Sale on August Bank Monday.

These events, together with a grant from Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust has enabled us to proceed with repairs to our Chancel roof expertly and efficiently by Kilbourn Roofing of Market Harborough, as well as benefit the Church Fabric Fund.


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