People filled St Vincent’s Church in Caythorpe for a special service to mark the completion of repair work on the spire.
The church was full and the eight bells were rung before the service for the first time in 18 months. The St Vincent’s handbell ringers played two pieces – ‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord’ and ‘Celestial Charm’ by Malcolm Wilson, and the Lovedon Festival Singers sang ‘All on an April Evening’.
MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham Stephen Phillips helped celebrate the repair of St Vincent’s Church spire. He joined a service attended by villagers, brownies, and many others from churches and communities along the Lincoln cliff.
St Vincent’s, like several other parish churches in Lincolnshire, faces an ongoing restoration battle so that it can continue to form a centre of village life.
Peter Moralee, from Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN), was also at the service. WREN gave £50,000 towards the work.
Local rector Alison Healy gave a tour of the refurbishment work that has been carried out and showed Mr Phillips some of the rusted ironwork removed from the George Gilbert Scott designed spire, which was damaged in the 2008 earthquake.
Mr Phillips praised everyone involved in raising funds for the restoration for all their hard work.
He said: “Churches like this one are an essential part of life in the many villages I represent, including my own.
“Repair bills are enormous and were not helped in the past by the many thefts of lead, which the bill that I helped to bring into Parliament has now largely stopped.
“We’ve had a great service of celebration this morning, but I know that here at St Vincent’s, as elsewhere, the fund-raising will go on.”
Visitors to the church were advised to take their binoculars so that they could see the work done on the spire and pinnacles, and the new gargoyle that replaced one that was damaged.