Saturday 26th October, 2019. The final performance of Newarke Canterbury Tales at Canterbury has completed our tasks for the
Heritage Lottery. See photo below - you can see from the expressions of Bill Mitchell, Peter Sargeant (the Bishop) and Nita Pearce that the audience in Canterbury were not only encouraged, but literally forced, to join in, but by the end all present were assimilated
into the cast and were singing with gusto, and we did not need to whip them at all. There is a DVD forthcoming if anybody would like a copy and the book of the Tales is now published.
Saturday 2nd November, 2019. Dedication of the Hawton
Bells by Bishop Tony Porter at 11am. If there are others not already invited who want to come please get in touch with us via the contact details on this website. This will be followed by an exhibition of bell ringing with the aid of the Rambling Ringers from
Dordrecht in The Netherlands as well as our local group under the supervision of Geoff Wells. In the evening at 5pm there will be a celebratory bonfire at the Poplars with food and drink provided. £10 entrance with proceeds to the Tower and
On 6th July, 2019, the bells of Hawton Church rung for the first time in 70 years at the wedding of Catherine Pykett, a member of the sterling family of Pyketts who have graced Hawton for generations. The
bells are not yet in their final position and more need to come from John Taylor's Foundry, but on this paper rerr special day, with the help of Geoff Wells and his sterling bell-ringing and bell-hanging assistants, history, pomp and circumstance came together.
Well done, everybody involved.
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As well as supporting the on-going maintenance and repairs to Hawton Church and Churchyard, the small and enthusiastic congregation
has raised over £250,000 in funds to improve the facilities and repair the defective tower as well as retuning and augmenting bells. Most of the works have now been completed and a Thanksgiving service was held on 2nd November 2014 at which many of the
donors, including WREN and Notts. Historic Churches fund attended. The Church is already popular for weddings and christenings but these new facilities will mean that concerts, talks, events and meetings could be held in the Church, confirming its position
as the community centre for Hawton village.
Since 2012 there have now been dozens of events worth reporting at the church but to keep focus we are now confining details of these for the last two years only.