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Scrumptious sconeathon

Love scones?

Then you will love travelling around Lincolnshire’s West Lindsey Churches Festival visiting some of the many churches that are taking part in the first ever 'Sconeathon'. 

Over the weekends of 11th to 12th May and 18th to 19th May, nearly half of the churches open are offering mouth watering scones to keep you nourished during your visits.

Scones originated in Scotland in the early 1500s. They were originally made with oats and baked on a griddle. In the late 1700s the Duchess of Bedford, on feeling hungry one afternoon, requested her servants to bring her tea and some sweet breads. She was so delighted by this treat that she ordered it every afternoon, a tradition that became known as Afternoon Tea.

Our churches have risen to the Sconeathon Challenge and created some wonderful recipes, both traditional and unusual.

Which variety will be the festival favourite?

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West Lindsey Churches Festival

A celebration of rich architecture and heritage, of beautiful tranquillity and spirituality, and a welcoming oasis of peace that all our churches offer.

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11th to 12th May

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St Martin, Blyton

An amazing array of savoury and sweet scones that will delight.
Choose from: cheese & caraway : basil & sun dried tomato : caramelised onion & thyme : date & orange : lemon & poppy seed : pear & goats cheese : apple, sultana & cinnamon : traditional scones. 

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St Radegund, Grayingham

A wonderful selection of local produce here with: Lincolnshire blue cheese & fig : honey : raisin & sunflower : blueberry : lemon.

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St Michael & All Angels, Hackthorn

Sample tastings will be on offer before you buy from a selection of plain, cheese and fruit scones.
Variety packs will also be on sale to take home for tea. 

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St Mary, Knaith

Big smiles and big flavours will be served at this delightfully curious church with its stunning views of the River Trent.
A tempting selection of scones on offer: Ardigg Apple : buttermilk with cheese & chives : traditional scones with jam & cream : miniature cheese, onion & black olive. 

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Holy Trinity, Messingham

Celebrating 800 years of ministry, Holy Trinity will ring out the bells during festival Sunday.
Enjoy the atmosphere whilst partaking in and afternoon treat of cheese : sultana : cherry : mixed fruit : stilton & apricot : date & walnut and for the health conscious a Slimming World recipe scone! 

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St Paul, Morton

The church has created a thoughtful Recipe & Afternoon Tea story booklet and table displays on the theme 'An Afternoon Tea' will decorate the church.
And, of course, lots of scones to sample : cherry : cheesy herb : fruit : cheese : savoury cheese & chutney are the favourites. 

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All Saints, Pilham

A pretty church serving a pretty traditional bake of cheese, cherry or sultana scones.

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St Peter & St Paul, Reepham

Tempt your taste buds with the unusual flavours of: loganberry & lemon glazed : mincemeat : Greek yogurt : and perhaps few more interesting combinations. 

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St John the Baptist, Scampton

Traditional fayre is the order of the day with an offering of: cherry : fruit : lemon & poppy seed : cheese : olive & rosemary.
There will also be gluten free scones available. 

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St Peter, Scotter

Cheese : sultana : cherry scones will be awaiting your arrival.
Also enjoy our plant stall whilst you take in the beauty of our village church. 

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St Helen, Willingham by Stow

In April, a village scone competition was held. The winning flavours and a recipe book will be available.
Adult winners: apricot & ginger : Wensleydale, leek & walnut : cranberry & orange with an orange glaze.
Children’s winners: fruit scones : strawberry.

Other churches taking part in the Sconeathon on 11th to 12th May can be found at: 

Blyborough, Brattleby, Cherry Willingham, Corringham, Gainsborough All Saints, Gainsborough United Reformed, Glentworth, Kettlethorpe, Nettleham, Saxby, Scotton.

18th to 19th May

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All Saints, Grasby

Chocolate chip as well as traditional varieties are the temptations on offer at this delightful church nestling high in the Lincolnshire Wolds. 

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St Edmund, Riby 

Enter the Riby Sconeoff by bringing along baked scones on Saturday 18th May between 12noon and 3pm.
Download entry details: facebook.com/StEdmundsChurchRiby
Celebrity Lincolnshire chef Rachel Green will be among the judges. 

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Methodist Church, Wragby

A variety of savoury and sweet scones will be served daily and also our special festival scone of ginger and honey.
Enjoy whilst exploring our display of scarecrows. 

Other churches taking part in the Sconeathon on 18th and 19th May can be found at: 

Claxby, Cuxwold, Holton cum Beckering, Market Rasen, Nettleton, Rand, Snelland, Stainfield, Swallow, Tealby, Thoresway, Wickenby and Wragby.

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