North Cotswold

Historic Churches

Leader - John Thompstone Gargoyle

Contact - 01386 852930 or by e-mail via the message box on the right

Venue - Various local churches, please contact the leader for details

When - 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon

Subscriptions - subs of £5 per person, £8 for couples living at same address. per year from January to January: There are additional costs for our all day visits

New members welcome

The aims of the group are:

  • visit and enjoy our local heritage, as found in historic churches and to understand something of their story - how they came to exist
  • appreciate the works of art they contain - architecture, stained glass, carved woodwork, sculpture, and paintings
  • to explore the area of the four counties which comprise - or lie adjacent to - the North Cotswolds, by visiting these interesting and historic places

For your guidance –
• You must be a U3A member in order to join these activities.
• We meet at the first church mentioned for 10.00 a.m. and finish at noon.
• Make every effort to share transport and costs, on the basis of £0.40 a mile divided amongst the travellers.
• It is always appropriate to leave a donation – these historic churches need our help
• It is courteous to let the leader know if you cannot come.

Please note - We do not meet during December or January

2019

This year we will focus on Georgian England and the 18th century - starting with the talk in February.

20th Febuary - Willersey Village Hall, together with coffee and homemade scones – ''From good King Charles’s golden days” 180 years of church, political, and parish life in England: 1660 - 1840. NOTE - Your subscriptions are due this meeting

20th March – Worcester, St Swithun and Worcester, All Saints. Two Georgian churches in the centre of the City. All Saints’ will provide coffee and facilities

Advanced notice of a proposed two-night trip is being planned from 4th – 6th April,to the historic city of Lincoln and its Cathedral, amongst the finest medieval buildings of Europe, travelling via Grantham, ‘the finest steeple in England’, and St Helen’s, Brant Broughton and on return via Stow Minster (Anglo-Saxon/Norman) dating from 1150, before moving on to Southwell to visit the 19th century Workhouse (National Trust) and finally the 12th century Minster. (For full details see the November Newsletter or contact John via the email link on this page)

17th April - Croome d’Abitot (WR8 9DW) – chaste 18th Century gothic: Strensham, contains interesting medieval Rood screen (now, at West end) + fine monuments of 17th and 18th Centuries.

15th May – Honington (CV36 5AA) – built alongside Honington Hall in the 1680s in Classical style: Idlicote (CV36 5DX) – a small medieval country church with furnishings of 17th and 18th centuries.

19th June – Spelsbury (OX7 3JR) – rebuilt in the 18th Century and containing an impressive group of monuments of the period for the Earls of Litchfield and others. Churchill (OX7 6NJ) Its distinguished tower is modelled on that of Magdalen College, Oxford: within, it is of Georgian style – made for preaching

17th July – all day expedition, by coach and including visits to Lichfield Cathedral – sublimely English Decorated Gothic: Repton with its pencil thin spire and remarkable Anglo-Saxon crypt, the burial place of Mercian kings. And, Melbourne Abbey – magnificent Romanesque, dating from the early 1100s:

There is no meeting in August

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