They are paper angels and were made by Martin Pidgen.
He is so talented.
Each angel has a different face, different hairstyle.
I couldn't help but wonder whether they were based on people or children he knows.
Over the years Martin has made lots of different sculpture groups - a group of carol singers, Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, Pocahontas and John Smith, Unsung Heroes, What the Dickens, to name a few. His artwork has also been displayed in Lincoln Cathedral, as well as other local churches.
He makes them up as he goes along - not following any design simply feeling his way with them, finding what works.
Local history says that this cross was knocked off its base by a misdirected cannon ball which was fired from the vicinity of the packhorse bridge (which I posted about here) by Cromwellian troops. The target, Utterby Manor, which lies directly opposite the church, was the home of a Royalist sympathiser.