Retford churches reveal secrets

St Swithun church, Retford.
St Swithun church, Retford.

Secret staircases, intricate carvings and tales of treachery are just some of the discoveries that will be unveiled during two weekends this July when more than 180 churches across the county will be opening up to give visitors a special welcome.

Retford’s St Swithun’s is one of the three Anglican churches in the town. The church is situated in the centre of the market town towards North Notts.

St Swithun’s continues to be looked upon as the Civic Church of the town, and as such, hosts all services of national or local importance.

Other churches open around Notts include visitors to St Mary’s Arnold, St Helena’s Austerfield and out in the countryside at St Wilfrid’s Kelham.

Many of the 180 churches will be opening during the weekends of 14th and 15th and 21st and 22nd of July. Open churches project officer Heather Sirrel said: “We are fortunate to have such a rich variety of historical buildings to visit in our towns and villages; places of prayer and worship, centres of community life and service, buildings of historical and architectural significance.”

“I hope we will see lots of people who haven’t explored churches taking a tour this month – there are so many to choose from and all with fascinating things to see and experience, we’re hoping people will be planning many more visits in the coming months and beyond.”

Some of the churches will have special events on linked with the open weekend and many will be offering refreshments too.

To find out about opening times and special events at a church near you, please go to the website www.nottsopenchurches.org.uk

Free guidebook to for the weekend, with details, photos and maps of how to find them, can be obtained by emailing heather.sirrel@southwell.anglican.org.