The subject and timing for West Deeping Heritage Group’s forthcoming talk on Tuesday 25th February have nothing to do with St Valentine, whose day, in case anyone has forgotten, is today. It is very appropriate though, that it should be on Shrove Tuesday, ‘shrove’ being the past tense of ‘to shrive’, derived from the Old and Middle English words for being absolved or having done penance, after confessing all one’s sins in preparation for Lent.
Dr Avril Lumley Prior’s tantalising synopsis of her talk might lead you to research some of the lesser-known saints’ names – who knew for example about St Wilgefortis? She was also known as St Uncumber, and could reputedly rid women of unwanted husbands, the antithesis of St Valentine!
The name and the story of St Guthlac will be well-known to the Market Deeping folk in the audience, as will be that of St Swithun, to anyone who knows their weather folklore.
Would-be West Deeping historians might want to go and check out the saints depicted on the stained-glass windows in St Andrew’s Church. The familiar ones – St Andrew, of course, and disciples St John, St Peter and St James are all there. So too are St Augustine and St Edward the Confessor, St Alban and St Osmund. These saints were the ones chosen by our Victorian predecessors responsible for the restoration of the village church in the 1870s. The architect was William Butterfield and the stained glass designer Alexander Gibbs – both well-known for their work in churches nationwide.
We look forward to seeing you at the Village Hall, King Street, West Deeping, from 7 pm for light refreshments, and for the talk starting at 7.30 pm. As always, everybody is welcome; £2.50 at the door.