The group was formed in order to visit churches, in Oxfordshire and Bucks., that are of significant historical and architectural interest.
According to architectural research there are some 115 churches that fit the bill in Oxfordshire alone. At the rate of 11 per annum that should keep us in visits for quite a while!
At present we have 20 members who are either keen historians, art lovers or folk who love church architecture, sometimes all three.We
meet at 10:00 a.m, at the church of the month, on the fourth Friday of each month.No visit in December due to Christmas celebrations which usually fall near our visiting day.
A list of churches, who welcome our visit, is prepared three months in advance; this is sent out to the members and a reminder is sent to the group on the preceding Monday regarding our meeting time and place. Due to limited parking facilities car sharing is encouraged where possible.
During the existing crisis we have had to curtail our visits; instead we email a brief reminder of the church we should be visiting, with some detail of what we are missing. The church remains on our list for visiting as soon as possible. Otherwise the message is anecdotal and fairly light in content. The purpose is to maintain contact with the members, some of whom respond with interesting comments of their own.
We sincerely hope we can all get together very soon as the members have become good friends and dearly miss our monthly outings.
David Fahey - Group Coordinator