Churches Visiting Group 2
CHURCHES VISITING GROUP 2
We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month, in the morning. We do not meet in December or January and February is our Annual Social and Lunch.
We are a very sociable mix of both couples and individual members who visit Churches mainly in the Dioceses of Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester. Each church visit starts at 11 am, usually with a guided tour and talk followed by time to walk round and explore ourselves followed by lunch in a local hostelry where we chat about what we have seen and learnt on our visit.
The group visited The Priory Church of St. Mary The Virgin at Deerhurst in August. The excellent talk by the Church Warden gave us much more information than found in the guide book, with a history from its Saxon foundation. Externally it is an impressive building with a tower seventy feet high with much of the stonework dating from pre-Norman times. Evidence of the various stages of building was pointed out; the differing arches and windows, the remains of the apse reconstructed in the 9th Century with a Saxon statue of the Deerhurst Angel on an external wall.
The font, acknowledged as the finest Saxon font in existence, was carved from a single block of limestone and found over a hundred years ago being used as a cattle drinking trough in a local field! There are remains of medieval glass and architectural features throughout the church.
In September 18 members visited St. Mary Magdalene in Twyning. There has been a settlement here since Neolithic times; the site being suitable for early occupation due to the confluence of the rivers Avon and Severn. St Mary’s is situated in the peaceful hamlet of Church End, and is a surprisingly large church with the visitor being immediately impressed by the length and height of the nave. Our guide made us very welcome, playing us in as we arrived with several lovely pieces on the organ. She then proceeded to share her knowledge and love of the church and its features by talking to us for an hour without recourse to any notes. She has been a member of the choir since the age of seven! Her obvious love of the church and its role in the community was infectious, no effort was spared as she explained the various features, notably the alter silver (removed from safe keeping for us to see and handle) some of it ancient indeed. Our guide’s natural exuberance and love of St Mary’s played a significant part in our very enjoyable visit.
We have room for new members.