New Group – Exploring Churches

St Mary the Virgin Elsenham

Group Co-ordinator: Christine Hall – 01279 815 662 –

Jesus College Chapel

If you’re interested in history, art or architecture, then this may be the group for you!

East Anglia has a wealth of wonderful medieval churches – large and small. They provide a fascinating insight into the lives of our ancestors. Of course, there are more modern churches too, and over time some of these will be visited too. Each month from April to October, we will visit two churches on the second Friday morning of the month. The churches will be no more than one hour’s drive from Saffron Walden (and usually much nearer). Participants will need their own transport – some churches are in remote rural locations. As the group develops, then car-sharing and lifts may be possible (that will be for participants to organise themselves). The first visit will be at 10.30am, then we will drive to the second church (which will be in roughly the same geographical area). The length of visits will depend partly on the size of the church and the number of interesting features, partly on the participants’ interest in the church, and partly on the weather! Churches can be very cold, which is why there will be no visits from November to March. Please remember that church floors can often be uneven and there may be steps in some places. If you have any special access requirements please let the group co-ordinator know.

The group coordinator will provide a brief written introduction to each church which will be emailed in advance, but visits will be self-guided. Occasionally we may have a talk from someone at a church.

The longer-term plan will be to arrange an optional pub lunch following the second church visit. However, this will start some time in 2022 when we’re all a bit more relaxed about Covid. It would be great to have someone help to arrange these lunches – volunteer(s) please!

Kings College Chapel

Providing Covid regulations allow, our dates for visits in 2021 (before the winter break) will be:

Friday 13 August
Friday 10 September
Friday 8 October

Please email Christine Hall to express your interest in joining the group.

Christine Hall

June 2021

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