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The Churchyard in winter



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 Bell Fund. 


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. 






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.


General Information

The double Piscina

For more information please contact

Dr. David Britton - Churchwarden - email: david.britton@me.com   phone: 01636 702172 OR

Mrs Pamela Griffiths - Churchwarden - email: pam.marson@gmail.com


For more information on Hawton Church and the Benefice of Farndon with Thorpe & Hawton with Cotham go to


  or   www.nandsdeanery.org.uk

See also http://southwellchurches.nottingham.ac.uk/_main/hindex.php




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Here the Newarke pilgrims are exhorting the audience to sing the main song from the production at Canterbury -'Ding dong, the bells of Canterbury'. the last line is on the parchment in the photograph - 'Pilgrims all, towards the bells we go'.

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05.05 | 08:49

The information about weddings (and baptisms) has been changed. All enquiries about weddings (and baptisms) have to be made to Rev Liz Murray on 01636 525417.

18.04 | 16:37

It costs around £500 with extras included. Bookings are made at St Peter's Church, Farndon.

13.04 | 11:33

How much is it to have a wedding at the church

22.12 | 13:11

We had a great day watching this historic event and we look forward to hearing the Lawrence bell ring out from All Saints soon.

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