The Light Ships Come Home

Light Ships

François Matarasso’s project The Light Ships is coming in to its final port.  Commissioned as part of Transported’s Creative Consultation strand, The Light Ships explored and celebrated Fenland churches, their history, and their place in the life of the surrounding community.  François has been working on the project for half a year, and is currently putting the finishing touches on the book that will come out of the months of talking to local people about their stories and knowledge.

In November 2014 Transported will be holding three events in three villages across the Boston Borough and South Holland area to mark the completion of the project and to celebrate the special place the village church has in the artistic and social life of Fenland communities.  The events are a sort of ‘artistic harvest festival’, in which we will celebrate the art, music and creativity people bring to their church, as well as the wonderful buildings themselves.

The churches will be open between 10 and 4 on the following dates:

Whaplode Church          Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 November 2014

Wrangle Church             Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November 2014

Gosberton Church         Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November 2014

And at 3.00pm on each Saturday afternoon there will be a presentation of The Light Ships book, with archive films, music, refreshments and more – everyone is most welcome to come along.

Each weekend will have special features: for instance at Wrangle Church a peal will be rung to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the bells, while at Gosberton there will be a Christmas Tree Festival organised by the community.

For more information about and news of the events visit the project website at

If you have any questions about the project please call Lauren Williams at Transported on 01406 701006 or 07747 271824, or email: