A new booklet of poems inspired by the places of religious worship (five!) in Beachamwell has just been published.
To tie in with the forthcoming exhibition The Churches of Beachamwell, James Knox Whittet asked members of his Creative Writing Group in Beachamwell to write poems inspired by the four churches (some now in ruins) and chapel in the parish. The resulting anthology will be on sale at the Beachamwell Fête & Country Fair on Saturday 1st September and also at The Churches of Beachamwell event on 23rd September. Copies are also available (price £5 + postage) direct from James Knox Whittet (Tel: 01366 328895). Proceeds go to The Friends of St Mary’s, Beachamwell – Registered Charity No:245456
Once these pews were filled with Sunday faces
scrubbed and shining in their Lord’s Day best.
In this church, the families knew their places,
the path to follow to be among the blessed.
Thin eastern morning sun and candle light
lit the congregation chanting with one voice.
While sermons spoke of being equal in God’s sight,
did those with little, find little reason to rejoice?
But together in communion with the saints
they marked the passing years and holy days,
their Sunday voices raising few complaints:
at Christmas, Easter, Harvest they gave praise.
And the squire and his wife, with smile and nod,
saw Beachamwell give thanks to them, and God.