Church is focal point

AN Open Weekend at St Mary’s Church, Slindon, from September 16-18, will emphasise the church’s historical and current role at the heart of the community.

At the heart of the village is the 900-year old, Grade 1 listed St Mary’s Church. An initiative was instigated earlier this year to reinforce the relevance of this historic building to the whole community and beyond, regardless of religious persuasion.

The Open Weekend aims to help visitors explore the history of this medieval building and the fascinating people who lived and worked there: from a 13th century Archbishop of Canterbury to a Battle of Britain flying ace; from a medieval knight to England’s first cricketing star; from a folly-building Countess to a renowned poet.

The weekend kicks off with an illustrated talk entitled ‘St Mary’s and Its (Unusual) Canterbury Connection’ by Dr Andrew Foster, renowned historian, writer and lecturer, on Friday September 16 at 7.30pm.

Other informal talks will be held about the interesting residents of Slindon over the centuries.

Villagers young and old are busy painting sections of a view of the church which will be brought together on Saturday to create one large picture of St Mary’s.

There will also be a range of exhibits, a family trail, displays and produce sales from the Allotment Society, and much more besides.

All are welcome and events are free, donations welcomed for the Building Heritage Fund to maintain the glory of the church for future generations. For full information contact Moira Richards, 814735 or moira@wordpower1.demon.co.uk