‘Tommy’ at Open Churches event

St Luke’s Church Hickling, known for its restored Saxon grave topping, and Belvoir Angel graves, has taken part in the Open Churches Weekends for many years. This year the PCC agreed that Hickling History Group could display their research into village men who died in both World Wars.

The History Group is taking part in the national fund-raising initiative ‘There But Not There’ (http://therebutnotthere.org.uk) so that each of the 11 men who died has a ‘silhouette’ in his memory.

It is an haunting experience to sit next to one and to realise that 100 years ago that man was missing in the community.

Donations collected will go towards ensuring that servicemen and women who are injured physically or mentally get the best possible care.

A 6ft ‘Tommy’, also purchased by donations for the charity, will remain in the natural surroundings of the churchyard, bayonet fixed (the formal position conventionally taken by a soldier when commemorating his fallen fellows) and his head bowed in remembrance, reminding us that humanity struggles to live in peace, and the terrible cost when peace fails.

Other churches also took part in Open Churches Weekend – click here to view our photo gallery.

Events included a Mediaeval Fair at The Poplars. Hawton, next to All Saints’ Church – see photo below. Click here for more photographs

The next Open Churches Weekend  is on 21st and 22nd July 2018.