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BOTH churches are open for public worship 
Services will be held as follows:
Sunday 13 August       10.00am - Service of Holy Communion - Ascension
                                                 followed by refreshments
Sunday 13 August         4.00pm - Holy Communion - Londonthorpe
                                                    followed by refreshments
Sunday 20 August        10.00am - Family Service - Ascension
                                                 followed by refreshments

Sunday 27 August        10.00am -  Service of Holy Communion - Ascension
                                                 followed by refreshments
Sunday 27 August         4.00pm - Hymns of Praise - Londonthorpe
                                                 followed by refreshments
Morning Prayer 
Will take place at 9.00am in Church at The Ascension each Monday - Thursday 
                               Coffee after each Wednesday service
Church of St John the Baptist at Londonthorpe - be open for private prayer
                    week days from 9.00am - 4.00pm
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TO KEEP YOURSELF & OTHERS SAFE WE POLITELY REQUEST that you follow the guidance below.
Although Covid restrictions have been lifted in favour of personal responsibility, the government is advising people with Covid to self-isolate and to be especially careful around people who are older and vulnerable. 
For this reason, please Do Not attend church if you are unwell or have any Covid-19 symptoms. Instead please tune into the service online.

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When attending church .....

Please sanitise your hands at the station by the door on entry 

Please remain in seats for coffee/tea to be brought to you after the service. 

Many Thanks for your cooperation in keeping everyone as safe as possible.


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The United Benefice of the Church of the Ascension, Harrowby and St John the Baptist, Londonthorpe serves the people living in the housing area of Harrowby in the north-eastern part of Grantham and the adjacent village of Londonthorpe just outside of town. We are two of fourteen churches in the Deanery of Grantham, within the Diocese of Lincoln, which in turn is part of the Church of England in the Province of Canterbury in the United Kingdom – our Mother Church is the The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lincoln. We are member of Churches Together in Grantham and District and a supporter of Grantham Foodbank.

Harrowby and Londonthorpe were both recorded as manors in the Domesday Survey and with water mills on the River Witham. Harrowby was part of the extensive parish of St Wulfram’s Grantham, but Londonthorpe had its own church of St John the Baptist of which parts date to the C12th. Harrowby and Londonthorpe remained largely undeveloped and under-populated until the late 1850s whereas the industrial town of Grantham was expanding rapidly into suburbs to the north and the south of the old borough largely owing to the success of Richard Hornsby and sons, agricultural engineers. Harrowby witnessed some controlled expansion as permitted by the Earls of Harrowby (resident at Sandon Hall, Staffordshire) with a militia barracks, some villa-type housing and the cemetery for Grantham borough. Londonthorpe retained its character as an estate village of the Earls Brownlow of Belton House into the twentieth century. During World War One, military training camps were set up in Belton Park and in Harrowby with over 160,000 men in the Machine Gun Corps alone passing through this area.

 After the 2nd World War, extensive Council House estates were built in the area between Belton Lane and Harrowby Lane and were opened in the early 1950s. It was at that point that moves began to provide a church to serve the new community and the church of the Ascension was built in 1956 and was part of the parish of Grantham until a separate parish was created in the parish was created in the 1970’s.

 Alma Park, on the northern perimeter of the town and within the parish, was designated a Light Industries site in the late 1960’s and previous prefabricated dwellings were replaced in the early 1970’s by the present housing estate.

The mid 1980’s saw 1400 executive houses built as the Sunningdale estate to the north east of the town centre, also falling within the Parish.




The Parochial Church Councils (PCC) of Harrowby and Londonthorpe

  1. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

  1. Who are we?

The PCC of The Church of the Ascension, Harrowby is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

  1. How do we process your personal data?

The PCC of The Church of the Ascension, Harrowby complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use your personal data for the following purposes: -

  • To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area as specified in our constitution;
  • To administer membership records;
  • To fundraise and promote the interests of the charity;
  • To manage our employees and volunteers;
  • To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);
  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at the Church of the Ascension, Harrowby and St John the Baptist, Londonthorpe.
    • Specifically, we will inform baptism families of Christmas and Easter services so as to help fulfil the promises made at baptism.
    • We will follow up after funerals to check how people are and to let them know about the annual service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance.
    • We will let those who sign up for more information on our “Keeping In Touch” form know about special services and events.
  • To share your contact details with the Diocesan office so they can keep you informed about news in the diocese and events, activities and services that will be occurring in the diocese and in which you may be interested. 
  1. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?
  • Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and process your gift aid donations and keep you informed about diocesan events.
  • Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;
  • Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: -
    • the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and
    • there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.
  1. Sharing your personal data
    Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.
  1. How long do we keep your personal data[1]?
    We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website.

Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.

  1. Your rights and your personal data

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which the PCC of The Church of the Ascension, Harrowby holds about you;
  • The right to request that the PCC of The Church of the Ascension, Harrowby corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the PCC of The Church of the Ascension, Harrowby to retain such data;
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
  • The right to object to the processing of personal data.
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.
  1. Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

  1. Contact Details

 To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact the PCC Secretary at The Church of the Ascension, Edinburgh Road, Grantham or by emailing 

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.


[1]Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: -