You don’t have to join The Queen at a street party in her honour on The Mall this afternoon, because you can celebrate her birthday at St Mary’s Church in Lydiard Park.
From 2pm to 4.30pm on 12 June, there will be strawberry teas served by members of the congregation to raise money for the church.
The church will be open to view the famous St John Triptych artwork, opened and explained. And the stunningly conserved Reredos – the artwork behind the altar – will be on show. Having undergone months of work the £40,000 project aims to preserve the 18th Century work for future generations.
At 5pm, the evensong service to celebrate Her Majesty the Queens 90th birthday will be led by Revd Capt Clive Deverell and the Bishop Swindon Dr Lee Rayfield , will include a blessing of the restored Reredos.
Pictured top by Richard Wintle of Calyx, parishioner Joan Rummings, 90, who first started attending St Mary’s in 1946, in front of the returned Reredos with conservator Jane Rutherfoord.
Fundraising appeal update 2016 by Paul Gardner, Chair, St Marys Lydiard Tregoze Building & Conservation Appeal
We are pleased to announce that following continued funding raising and grants from Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust, Allchurches Trust, Jill Franklin Trust, the St Andrews Conservation Trust and the William & Jane Morris Trust, the conservation work started in December 2015 work on the 18th century Reredos and east Chancel wall by the internationally acclaimed conservator Jane Rutherfoord.
The conservation work has allowed long standing damage and water penetration of the wall behind the Rerodos. It has also helped to inform the approach to the conservation of the historic interior and the extensive medieval wall paintings in the church which forms part of the much larger conservation project.
Our earlier application to the Heritage Lottery Fund application was unsuccessful as it was felt that it would not sufficiently achieve the people and community outcomes of the programme. The HLF committee understood the exceptional heritage importance of the church and its contents, the proposals for learning and engagement were not sufficiently developed to complete against other projects at the same meeting. Due to the heritage importance and the needs demonstrated by our proposals HLF have strongly indicated that they would welcome a revised application that provided stronger outcomes for people and communities and making clearer links to Lydiard House.
The main focus of the application is the conservation of the extensive medieval wall paintings, which have been identified by the Church of England as one of the 100 artworks currently most in need of conservation in their 100 Church Treasures Appeal. The appeal will secure an important part of the nation’s heritage and make it available to be enjoyed by visitors and communities across the country, and from abroad.
Though we are disappointed in the Heritage Lottery decision we are resubmitting a revised application in July 2016. We believe carrying out the work to the Reredos means that the public are able to see that their donations to our appeal fund are being used to continue to restore and conserve the beautiful interior of the church.
The Reredos and the unusual St John Polyptych multi-panel artwork in St Mary’s are on view to the public on Sunday afternoons throughout June and on 22, 23, 24 July to mark its 401st birthday.
The fundraising continues and the committees has now secured funds in excess of £190,000 which includes funds required for the Reredos project.