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Heritage Open Days Success

Visitors in yellow hi-viz look at samples of restored stained glass
Visitors inspect newly restored leaded stained glass

Both tours were fully booked and everyone was fascinated to see inside and ask questions. The tour began with an illustrated talk about the history of the church, including new information from research conducted as part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund project. This information will shortly be available as a booklet and free exhibition when we re-open.

Samples of the newly restored glass destined to be replaced in the large East window had arrived just the day before, so we were able to inspect the beautiful restoration work closely (see below and top image).

Visitors in hard hats stand amongst scaffolding listening to a speaker
Visitors saw the new room under construction and could the contractors questions

The new community room was also available for viewing, with Peter and Keith from Maysand on hand to answer questions and describe their work.

Two black and white photographs from the 1955 wedding
The bide and her father, and two bridesmaids in 1955

We were honoured to have a Mrs Harris join us, who was married in Wycliffe in 1955. She was thrilled to visit the church again, and movingly re-created her walk down the aisle with her son.

Mum and son walking down aisle arm in arm
Mrs Harris, married here in 1955, relived her ‘aisle’ moment with her son.

Thanks to all who helped make it a fabulous day, including Simon Smith for the photography.

We will be re-opening in November, and will post dates/times as soon as they are finalised.

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