Whitton Applefest Update
An Applefest open meeting was held on Wednesday 1st March 2017 at which there were two agenda items discussed.
Whilst the Village Hall (VH) is a community asset and hence a significant proportion of funds raised contributes to its upkeep the VH Committee believe that village residents should have the opportunity to propose how the balance of funds could be spent to further benefit the local community. With this in mind if you would like to offer a suggestion it would be most welcome, to do so please pass on to one of the VH Committee members before the end of April so we can discuss all ideas at the May Committee meeting.
The Applefest events held the last two years have been a huge success which has only been possible due to the time and commitment of all those involved which is greatly appreciated. If you (or a small group of like-minded individuals) would like to volunteer to fill this void we would be delighted to hear from you, to volunteer please contact one of Steve Hill, Fran Ross or Maz King by the end of April.
Whilst the Applefest is a ‘proven formula’ we are open to any ideas for an alternative celebration festival (e.g. Jazz Festival) should anyone wish to take the lead in this type of alternative community event feel free to let us know.
Whitton Village Hall Committee
Whitton village hall
Whitton village hall is located opposite St John the Baptist Church and both have excellent views across the Humber estuary. The original stone and brick structure was built as a National School in 1864 with a single schoolroom, a porch and coalhouse and was funded by Lady Strickland (née Mary Constable). It became a Public Elementary School in 1893 and offered free education to children between the ages of 3 and 13 years old. The school closed on 17 March 1943 when its pupils were sent to nearby Alkborough School and was officially passed to the Village Custodian Trustees in 1973 as a registered charity. To visit the photo gallery Click Here
St. John the Baptist Church
The church at Whitton is classed as a historic treasure and dates back to 1200 AD and is on the Northern Lincolnshire Heritage & Church trail. More information can be found on the website www.churchtrails.com. The lower parts of the church tower, the archway into the nave and the octagonal font are of Norman origin and the walls were built with reused massive Roman stone blocks. The church was largely rebuilt in 1798 and between 1892 to 1897 the nave, chancel and roof were entirely rebuilt. The stained glass windows on the north wall were installed in 1918 to commemorate the death of local man Henry Spilman who was killed in the First World War. To visit the photo gallery Click Here.
Whitton is one of five villages on the South Humber Heritage Trail which runs for seven miles along the Humber bank from Burton on Stather to Winteringham. To view the South Humber Heritage Trail colour leaflet for the area, along with walks, wildlife and historical references, visit their website at www.lincstrust.org.uk or click here.
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