The Churches Conservation Trust has made great progress on internal redecoration work at the Old Church. Mrs Yvonne Henderson’s legacy provided much of the funding for this work. Workers discovered fragments of 3 mediaeval wall paintings; they called in official conservators to assess the paintings which delayed work.
Art lovers turned out in their hundreds to visit the Art Show in the Old Church. In just 10 hours over the weekend of 15th – 16th June 320 visitors came to enjoy an art exhibition. Local artists had produced 185 works of art for the exhibition. The artists had used a variety of mediums to produce paintings which ranged in size from small to supersize.
The Art in the Old Church exhibition is now fully subscribed. Taking place on 15th & 16th of June between 11 am – 4 pm, you can expect to see over 150 exhibits. All exhibits are by 47 local artists and many are for sale.
Peter Noakes’ recent talk about St Mary’s Through Time, focussing on the Royal Arms and Rev Havard, was very well supported. (Read more below). Progress in setting up the Art Exhibition is well underway but more works would be much appreciated. The Friends of St Mary’s report as follows:
Steve Hallam’s Guided 2019 Spring flower walk is fast approaching. These gentle walks guide you from the Old Church into the wonderful Hillhouse Woods in their spring glory where you might be fortunate to see many species of wildlife as well as spring flowers.