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.
We had an outstanding guided tour of Tewkesbury Abbey in March. Beginning outside, members were given an idea of the vast lands and businesses owned by the Benedictine monks, running from the Abbey to the rivers. Income from farms, mills and, what we now refer to as ‘merchandise’ with monks selling religious artefacts to pilgrims. Moving inside, the guide described how the Lords of the Manor influenced the abbey up to the time of the Reformation, and the changes made to the interior since. The facts were interspersed with anecdotes of characters involved with the building. Both the talk and tour were so fascinating it was difficult to appreciate that it had lasted over one and half hours!
We have room for new members.