A good time was had by all

The Churches of Beachamwell – Sunday 23rd September 2018

Following weeks (indeed months) of preparation, heavy rain greeted the morning of The Churches of Beachamwell event. Would anyone want to turn out on such miserable day? Indeed they would and, as the rain eased at lunchtime and eventually the sun itself was glimpsed, the various venues were filled with visitors enjoying the exhibitions and events. In St Mary’s Church a display focussing on  the history of the religious buildings in our parish attracted attention and interest. Meanwhile a group of hardy walkers braved the rain to follow a guided walk to St Botolph’s Church at Shingham.

“It was a joy to come to, with everything easy to read and accessible …”
“… walk leader very knowledgeable and the exhibition in the church was excellent as were the flowers.”

 

Remote, and tucked away at the end of a long lane apparently to nowhere St Botolph’s is normally locked to passers-by. Today visitors were delighted to have the chance to see inside this ancient building and experience the charm of its simple interior.

Beachamwell Village Hall staged an art exhibition of the local church buildings as seen in paintings, drawings and photographs. Also on view was the archive of local history photographs. And the Village Hall was a welcome destination after the damp morning to enjoy a bowl of soup, a bacon roll, and delicious cakes.

“I was so impressed with the organisation, wonderful exhibition in St Mary’s and the village hall photographs of old times, not to mention the refreshments.”
“… the displays were so professional”

 

In the afternoon the medieval benches of St Botolph’s were filled by an audience for a short programme of poetry and song.

Poetry at St Botolph's Church, Shingham
Poetry at St Botolph’s Church, Shingham

Poems inspired by our churches  were read by their authors; the unaccompanied voices of the singers drifted in the venerable air. Many agreed it was the highlight of the day.

“An amazing show on Sunday … congratulations all round”
“A wonderful experience”

 

Having researched and produced a good deal of material for this event, we are now looking at ways of sharing it further – watch out for news.

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