Stretton, St Nicholas
Built between 1086 and 1185, when it was granted to the Knights Templar, St Nicholas is probably the oldest church in Rutland. The original church was greatly extended in the C13th and extensively restored in 1881. Most of the woodwork is C19th.
Following a £250,000 refurbishment, the St Nicholas Community Project has created a parish community centre with flexible accommodation and modern amenities for public and private events, and to celebrate the heritage of the church.
A survey in 2020 found a small colony of brown long-eared bats roosting in the church.
The Bats in Churches project funded cleaning equipment to help the cleaners keep on top of the bat droppings.
In collaboration with the Leicestershire & Rutland Bat Group the church held a well attended and successful bat walk and talk in May 2023. Participants learnt about the history of the church and went for a bat walk around the village.