Great Hale, St John the Baptist - Last updated 10th June 2021
Our re-elected Church Warden is Mrs Elaine Huckle (461704)
Elaine, who is also a singer in the operatic style has released a new album called 'Timeless Favourites'. Watching the beautiful dragon flies at Flag Fen Peterborough gave Elaine strength before her own cancer operation. All the profits from the sale of the album are going to MacMillan Cancer charity. Copies are available from Elaine priced £10.
COME AND SEE GREAT HALE
The church has reopened for private prayer each day from 10am till dusk.
Do come and have a look at the newly reordered church. The pews have gone, there is a new stone floor, the screened area has been changed and a new kitchen is soon to be fitted. It looks really good and huge credit goes to our Church Warden Elaine Huckle and Treasurer Sue Brown and all the team that have helped in the project including Ben Peek from our Architects CMS. Very well done to you all.
SERVICES AT GREAT HALE
Sunday services are being held on the first and third Sundays of the month at 9.30am. Social distancing still remains in place + masks must be worn and no singing.
Wild Church has returned on second Saturday of each month at 4pm - Wild Church takes place in the churchyard led by Christine Newitt & Martin Thompson focusing on environmental issues and the beauty and wonder of creation.
KINGS & QUEENS FESTIVAL
Great Hale are holding a Kings and Queens themed patronal festival on 26th & 27th June from 10am to 5pm each day. There will be a historic costume parade around the village on Saturday 26th June at 2.45pm and a Thanksgiving service at 6pm on Sunday 27th June.
BISHOP CHRISTOPHER IS COMING
Bishop Christopher coming to dedicate the re-ordered church on Sunday 12th Sept at 10.30am
HELP US SUPPORT THE LOCAL FOOD BANK
Items for the food bank are welcome - please leave in the screened area - many thanks.
HISTORY OF THE BUILDING
Carving on tower pinacle (photo by local photographer Martin Wace)
Great Hale. A pleasant place in blossom time, and indeed, at any time, its church, which belonged to Bardney Abbey 600 years ago land lost its chancel about the time of the Civil war, is a striking building with simple, rugged tower, long aisles and spacious porch.
The tower is its great feature for except for its 15th-century parapet and leafy pinnacles it was built by Saxons, probably a century before the Conquest. Largely of rubble, it has the usual Saxon belfry windows, deeply-splayed and with dividing baluster shaft, and an arch into the nave probably built by the Normans. At the north-east corner, in the thickness of the wall, is a turret staircase about 15 inches wide, its steps worn by the impress of feet through a thousand years.
Organ built by Thomas J Robson. Installed in 1896.
The spacious nave, its east end serving as a chancel, has five pointed arches on each side borne up on slender 13th-century pillars. Both aisles still have their medieval piscinas and aumbries, and north aisle and chancel have ancient screenwork incorporated with new. Part of the roodloft stairway remains, and the fine font with quatre-foils and niches on its eight sides has been in use for 600 years.
There are two notable memorials to the Cawdrons who came to live here in the 17th century and saw the chancel, long ruinous, finally demolished. One shows Robert Cawdron, who dies during the Commonwealth, with his two wives and ample family; nine sons and seven daughters are behind the parents, and five more children in swaddling clothes lie in the foreground. Another Robert Cawdron who died in the year of the Great Plague and was probably one of those 21 children, has a sculptured memorial showing him kneeling at a prayer desk with one of his three wives, while the other two kneel discreetly in their long dresses and veils in separate compartments below.
view from the road