This Group started in 2013. Each month we visit a different church where we are given a tour by a experienced guide focussing on the history and architecture; after which the guide will answer any questions we may have. The visit will include refreshments, usually provided by the church staff or occasionally at a local pub/café. This gives us an opportunity to discuss the visit and exchange views over a refreshing drink. There is no limit on the number of members but do let the Group Leader know if you will be attending. There is usually a collection of £2.50 per person to cover any church heating and refreshments.
We take a short break in December and January (due to seasonal activities and lack of church heating!) and we start again in February. Next year, we open on February 8th with an enthralling visit to Merrymeade House, the Brentwood Buddhist Centre.
This year we have visited:
The Orthodox Monastery of St John the Baptist, Tolleshunt Knights;
St Mary the Virgin, Ardleigh;
St John the Baptist, Thaxted;
formerly All Saints Church, Rectory Road, Tolleshunt Knights,
St Mary's Church, Stoke-by-Nayland;
St Edmund Kind & Martyr, Tendring;
St Andrew's Church, Halstead;
St Thomas' Church, Bradwell-on-Sea and The Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-on-Sea;
St Mary the Virgin, Gestingthorpe;
Methodist Church, Manningtree
Lifts can usually be arranged.
If this focus for visits interests you, please use the Bluebird contact button at the side of the page to send an email to the Group Leader.
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