St Andrews Church to hold Heritage Open Day event this September

By Jessica Durston - 1 August 2022

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  • A front view of St Andrew's Church

    A front view of St Andrew's Church

St Andrew's Church in Blunsdon will be opening its doors to members of the public and giving them the chance to learn more about its history.

An image of the stained glass within the Church

St Andrew’s Church in Blunsdon St Andrew, in North Swindon, will be taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days event.

The Church will be open from 2-4pm on Saturday 10 September, with local experts on hand to answer public questions. 

There will be talks about the Church and Churchyard at 2pm and 3pm, and about the windows at 2.30pm and 3.30pm. 

Tea, coffee and cake will be served, and the Church team say donations to their funds will be gratefully received.   

St Andrew’s is a small Grade 2 listed building, dating back to the 13th century, but largely renovated by architect William Butterfield in the 1860s. 

A spokesperson from the Church's team said: "It contains some excellent examples of Victorian and 20th century stained-glass windows. 

"Although it is now surrounded by modern housing estates, being set off the main road down a track, it retains a prayerful tranquillity and is surrounded by a spacious churchyard where many generations of local families are buried."

The Church team say they are delighted that local experts in the history of the church and churchyard and in stained-glass windows will be joining them to give talks on the day. Additionally, the team says it would also love to hear stories about St Andrew’s from local people. 

The Church is not just a historic building, but continues to be a worshipping community serving the parish of North Swindon. 

Worship is held every Sunday at 10am, and at other times during each month. 

The St Andrews team are also looking forward to the licensing of Karen Vermeersch as a lay minister in October, and the confirmation of Sally Robertson as vicar in November. 

Individuals will find more details of these events and others in the life of the church on its website at www.nschurch.org.uk

Further details can be obtained by contacting Sally Robertson on 07588 594410, by visiting www.nschurch.org.uk or messaging the Church team through its Facebook page: standrews.northswindon.

St Andrew’s is located off Tadpole Lane, between Blunsdon Abbey Park and Lyall Close, SN25 2DW

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