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Great Casterton Parish Council

Serving the people of Great Casterton

Clerk: Derek Patience
29 Priory Gardens, Stamford, PE9 2EG

Tel: 01780 753066

The Church of St Peter & St Paul

St. Peter and St. Paul, Great Casterton is one of the five churches in the group comprising Great Casterton, Little Casterton, Pickworth, Tickencote and Tinwell
PRIEST-IN-CHARGE The Rev. Jo Saunders 01780 480479 / 07946237223 Email revjosaunders@live.co.uk
The Rev Bob Mackrill 01780 763788 / 0775365051 Email ;mailto:bobmackrill@btinternet.com">bobmackrill@btinternet.com

Our Sunday Service is at 10.30, and is Holy Communion on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sunday. We have an informal Family Service on the 2nd Sunday. Visitors are always welcome, and we have a toy corner for small children. Baptisms are held during the main Sunday service, but may also be arranged at other times by arrangement. Anyone living in, or with a connection to Great Casterton which includes Rutland Heights has the legal right to marry there. Please contact Rev Jo for further details and information.

We have a coffee morning in the hall every Wednesday in term time from 10.30 and warmly welcome visitors

Our Toddler Group meets in the hall every Friday in term time from 10.00 and we welcome all toddlers and their carers.

For details of Bible Study, House Group or Christian Faith courses please contact Rev Jo.

Gt. Casterton Church Hall is available for lettings. Contact Steve Suffling 01780 751384 mobile 0752 8359511 Email chez1521@hotmail.com

The Casterton Singers form the church choir, but also give concerts. New members are very welcome. Contact Jill Bush 01780 767270 or Marion Horobin 01780 755523

Large print copies of Service Sheets are available and we have excellent wheelchair access

Details of all services in the group can be found below.

Rev Jo's letter for May 2015

Bells across the country pealed, tugs on the Thames sounded their horns and planes roared overhead, some doing the victory roll. A sea of red, white and blue erupted – even dogs wore tricolour bows – spontaneous celebrations broke out as men, women and children rejoiced... it was like no other day that anyone can remember. The journalist Mollie Panter Downes wrote these words in May 1945, as the nation celebrated the end of the war in Europe.

We will be commemorating this day with a special service at Great Casterton on Sunday May 10th at 10.30. I hope that many of you will join us as we give thanks for the end of hostilities and pledge ourselves anew to brotherhood and peace, remembering those who served and those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom..

That celebration will, of course, follow hard on the heels of a general election. While I should not dream of making any party political statement, I do urge you to cast your vote. The House of Bishops' letter on the subject, entitled Who is my neighbour? is available on the Church of England website, and is worth reading. Amongst many other things, says The privileges of living in a democracy mean that we should use our votes thoughtfully, prayerfully, and with the good of others in mind, not just our own interests. Pursuing the common good is a Christian obligation and is expressed in how we approach our role as voters as much as in our personal priorities… Jesus said, "I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10). A Christian approach to politics must be driven by this vision: enabling all people to live good lives, with the chance to realise their potential, as individuals and together as a people.

This month will see the Christening of Bobby Rex Stall and at Gt Casterton and of Seraphina Helena Cunliffe and Joey Large at Tinwell, and the marriage of Christipher Lack and Kerry Roberton at Gt Casterton, so we have much to celebrate.

Ascension Day falls on Thursday 14th May, marking the end of the Easter season. There will be a short service of Holy Communion to mark this at Gt Casterton at 10.00 am. I do hope the other parishes will come along to join us. Our Palm Sunday benefice Service at Tickencote saw a very full church – we ran out of service sheets and people had to sit somewhat tightly packed to accommodate everyone. I think it was the first time all five churches have been represented, and hope very much that the same will be true of May's Benefice Service on Trinity Sunday, May 31st at 10.30 in Tinwell church. Please make a note in your diaries of this. I had so many positive comments about Palm Sunday, all of which suggested that we are becoming much better at working as a benefice rather than five separate churches.

We have a number of advertisers in this newsletter. It is important to support small local businesses, so please support them whenever you can. Their advertising means that we do not have to charge for producing the newsletter (though we are always willing to accept a donation!)

With best wishes

Jo

OTHER SERVICES WITHIN THE GROUP

SUNDAY

9.00
(9.15 at TINWELL)

10.3O

OTHER

FIRST

HC TINWELL

HC LT CASTERTON

HC GT CASTERTON

SECOND

HC OR MP TICKENCOTE APRIL,MAY, JUNE JULY ONLY PLUS REMEMBRANCE AND CAROL SERVICE
MP TINWELL

FAMILY SERVICE
GT CASTERTON

THIRD

HC LT CASTERTON

HC GT CASTERTON

EVENSONG 3.00 WINTER 4.00 SUMMER TINWELL

FOURTH

HC or MP PICKWORTH
HC TINWELL

HC GT CASTERTON

FIFTH

BENEFICE HC IN ONE OF OUR FIVE CHURCHES - SEE NOTICE BOARDS FOR DETAILS EACH TIME

The Parish Church stands in what in Roman times was a protected zone between the ramparts and ditch on the N.and E.and the river on the S. and W. The church stands on the site of a Roman temple, on which an early Christian church was built; this was probably a wooden structure, but of it no trace remains.

The wooden structure was replaced by a Saxon church consisting of a small Chancel and an archless Nave. Saxon long and short work is still in evidence in the S.E. corner of the nave.

The Norman church consisted of a nave and two small aisles divided from the Nave by round, arched arcades resting on columns of stone with square bases. The nave was low with a flat wooden roof. The tower opened into the nave through a fine horseshoe arch. At the E. end was a wall pierced with a low round arch leading into a small oblong chancel, against the East end of which was the altar.

In the 13th Century an Early English chancel with lancet windows was built, while the round arch between the nave and chancel was raised to a point. Other changes followed: the aisles were lighted with windows with decorated tracery, and carried on their walls in rough distemper the story of the Incarnation. Above the Norman arcade was added a clerestory with decorated windows surmounted by an open roof of massive oak timbers. Across the chancel arch stretched a wooden loft carrying figures of Our Lord on the Cross with St Mary and St John on either side.

In the 15th century a clerestory was added. The font on a chamfered plinth may be late 12th/early 13th century.

The Reformation saw the destruction of many of the church's treasures.

In the 18th century the church was fitted with box pews of deal.

Considerable restoration work was carried out in the mid to late 20th century.