Volunteers wanted to support restoration project at St Mary's Church

By Ben Fitzgerald - 18 March 2019

CommunityHeritage

Volunteers are being sought to support conservation work at the historic St Mary’s church in Lydiard Tregoze.

The ancient building, which lies within Lydiard Park, is currently undergoing a £1 million restoration, jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Friends of Lydiard Park and other benefactors.

Work includes conservation of medieval wall paintings and historic art interiors as well as a two-year programme of events and activities for the public, local schools and colleges

A new volunteer programme is being launched by The Friends of Lydiard Park at Lydiard House, on May 2, for those interested in finding out more about supporting the scheme.

There are a wide variety of volunteering opportunities including providing history tours, conservation care of historic furnishings and objects; helping with school groups, wildflower planting in the churchyard; and stewarding in the house and church.

There are also a limited number of volunteer training placements to work with the church’s internationally renowned wall painting conservators.

For those interested in this type of hands-on conservation a minimum commitment of two working weeks is required and candidates should contact the partnership office as soon as possible.

Friends of Lydiard Park Chair, Sarah Finch-Crisp said: “The Friends of Lydiard Park are really excited about the Volunteer Launch. There are so many opportunities for people to get involved, learn new skills and have fun at the same time. The Friends have donated over £100,000 to the conservation project and we are delighted to be hosting this event for St. Mary’s and look forward to meeting enthusiastic local residents.”

To register for the event at 6.30pm - 8pm, on May 2 at the Lydiard Park Conference Centre, email St Mary’s Church office wspartnershipoffice@gmail.com

 

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