Beccles

Church Explorers

Convenor: Peter Westmacott
Date: 3rd Thursday of the Month April to October
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: See below VACANCIES Contact Peter via the bird

Following on from my last email when I said you could visit churches on your own or in pairs, that privilege has now been withdrawn and all churches are shut, even to the priest or churchwarden!

This, of course, makes our chosen leisure activity all the more difficult. However, all is not lost. I can recommend a programme on BBC iplayer called "A Passion for Churches" by Sir John Betjeman. It was produced in the 1970s so might seem a bit dated. It is a delightful look by Betjeman at churches in Norfolk, some of which we visited last year - St Peter Mancroft and Ranworth. At Ranworth he particularly examines the rood screen. The programme looks at the architecture of churches, amongst other things, and lasts about 50 minutes. It reminded me that we ought to visit Lound church, 'the golden church', full of gold and colour in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. Sir John Ninian Comper, the famous Gothic Revival architect, transformed the church and left his distinctive mark there. Perhaps we can visit it in 2021!

I hope you have managed to locate Simon Knott's internet sites Suffolk Churches and Norfolk Churches. As we can't visit the churches now, we can at least get a feel for them by reading Knott's descriptions. I must go and see what he has to say about Lound .....

Details of our meetings in 2018 and 2019 can be found by following the link to The first two years

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