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April 2024

Assisting Severn Valley Church Recorders. Text from Severn Valley Arts Society Newsletter.

The Arts Society Record of Church Furnishings of St James Church West Littleton was begun before the Covid Epidemic by our Church Recorders Group.

St James Church West Littleton

When the The Arts Society nationally decided that Church Recording no longer fitted with their Charitable Status, the Severn Valley Committee agreed to continue its support the work of the team by maintaining financial assistance.

It was hard to start again after Covid but, undeterred, the work is finally complete. Our Church Recorders have been considerably helped by the members of Ross-on-Wye Church Recording team; grateful thanks to them.

Three copies of the Record are to be made- a presentation copy for the Church, a copy for Severn Valley and a copy for Bristol Archives. The West Littleton Open Gardens weekend is on the first weekend in June this year and the Sunday Evensong will provide a fine occasion for the presentation of the Church copy.

Barbara Mitchard

The members of the Ross Church Recorders who assisted were: Michael Hoddinott, Roger Irwin, Elizabeth Maggs and Mary Whitehorn.

3rd April 2024

Our first day recording at St. Lawrence, Stretton Grandison.

Stretton Grandison Church

19th October 2023

End od Season lunch at Weston Cider

End of Season Lunch

20th July 2023

It's never a routine recording day at St. Michael's Church, Garway. We had the great pleasure of meeting Wendy and Dawn Moore, whose father Ronald was from Garway.

Visiting for the day they were able to point out graffiti on the centuries old benches in the Nave, courtesy of their Great Uncle Leonard Moore.

Approximately 1910 he had time to not only carve his name but also a decorative frame around his handiwork. His and their names will be entered in the record for posterity.

Elizabeth Maggs

Garway Church and graffiti

24th June 2023

Garway Medieval Fete

Angela Bailey, Roger Irwin and I manned a display at the fete, promoting The Arts Society and Church Recording, specifically at St. Michael's Church, Garway.

Despite a very hot day there was a good turn out, with much interest in the variety of interesting items recorded, especially the ancient external graffiti.

To our surprise we met with several modern day Templars, in particular, HE Chevalier Michael Joseph Fisher, Grand Prior of England, and the Templar Senescall or Historian. A very rewarding day, one to put in the diary for next year.

Elizabeth Maggs

Stall at Garway Medieval Fete

13th April 2023

Recommence recording at St Michael's, Garway

Starting at 11am, why not watch us in action

29th March 2023

Pre-season Lunch

Pre-season group lunch at Weston Cider

14th March 2023

Putley Church

Putley Church record goes live on our website (see link below under the presentation entry).

16th October 2022

Putley Church

Presentation of the Record of Church Furnishings

Standing before the altar and reredos at Putley Church we held the presentation of their Record of Church Furnishings.
Left to right: Elaine Spalding Church Warden, Christopher Nicholson Church Recorder and Tim Beaumont Chair of the PCC.

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Putley Presentation

9th October 2022

Little Birch Church

Presentation of the Record of Church Furnishings

We spent a delightful afternoon with the Rev. Mark Johnson and the congregation of St. Mary at their Harvest Festival Service, a service many of us had not attended since childhood. We were entertained by the guest speaker, The Venerable Derek Chedzey, Archdeacon of Hereford Cathedral, who was already very knowledgeable about Church Recording.

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Little Birch Presentation
From left: Angela Bailey, John Kinross, Roger Irwin, Derek Chedzey, Lesley Gare, Elizabeth Maggs, Michael Hoddinott, and receiving their record James Gould, Churchwarden and Rev. Mark Johnson.

March 2020

Brenda Robbins Obituary

In fond memory of Brenda Robbins who died 24th March 2020 after a short illness. An active member of Ross DFAS she was a Church Recorder for many years, recording at a total of seven churches.
Brenda joined the team in 1998 at the Church of St. Tysilio, Sellack, first describing Windows. Her broad knowledge of churches enabled her to record Stonework and Miscellaneous but mostly concentrating on her love for stained glass windows, lastly at St. Junabuis, Llandinabo.

Brenda Robbins

An accomplished Campanologist, Brenda was instrumental in re-establishing the bell ringing team at St. John the Baptist Church, Upton Bishop. As Tower Captain, Brenda would take the team on tour to ring-in services at other churches. Also involved at St. Mary’s, Foy, where she was keen to form a group of hand bell ringers, utilizing Foy’s fine collection of hand bells.

Brenda’s other passion was her garden. A member of South Herefordshire Cottage Garden Society she went on to join the committee of the newly formed South Herefordshire Gardening Club, serving as Membership Secretary. She was also a member of Ross-on-Wye Ladies Probus ’93.

She will be remembered as down to earth, articulate, possessed of a sharp mind and a welcoming smile.

December 2019

Putley Church

Putley's Record of Church Furnishings was completed in 2019, however due to Coronavirus restrictions we are temporarily unable to proceed with their Presentation ceremony.

Putley Church

6th June 2019

Putley Church

Visit of Diana Nutting, Chair, The Arts Society West Mercia Region to see Putley Churchyard Cross.

The Cross has been chosen to be added to the 'Fifty Treasures' book currently in production by West Mercia.

Seen here from the left: Diana Nutting (Chair West Mercia Region), Elinor Kelly (Chair Ross-on-Wye), Elizabeth Maggs (Church Recorder Leader)and Joanna Treble (Heritage Volunteers Secretary)

Putley Churchyard Cross

26th October 2018

Putley Church

Discovery of Missing Stones

Tim Beaumont Chair Putley PCC and helpers expose four 'missing' ledger stones hidden beneath the South choir stalls since 1888. Church Recorders were on hand to record and photograph for Putley's record.

Putley Missing Stones

27th May 2018

Llandinabo Church

Presentation of the Record of Church Furnishings

John Kinross, Church Recorder, presenting the Record of Church Furnishings to Jeremy Helme, Churchwarden, with Revd. Preb. Mark Johnson

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Llandinabo Presentation
Back row: Christopher Nicholson, Jacy Kinross
Next row: Angela Bailey, Michael Hoddinott, Joanna Treble
Next row: Brenda Robbins, Elizabeth Maggs, Lesley Gare, Maureen Bolwell
Front row: John Kinross, Jeremy Helme, Revd. Preb. Mark Johnson

6th August 2017

Hereford Fair Stand

On Sunday, leaving Gloucester at 6 am I picked up Angela, Roger and Jane to brave the weather at Hereford's Cathedral Meadows for the Hereford Fair.
Our stall promoted Ross DFAS, Church Recorders and Heritage Volunteers.
We had a really good day, Jane was a woman on a mission as she handed out brochures to one and all.
Lots of interest in Recording, whether anyone will join us, we wait to see. The most important fact was we had a good laugh.

Hereford Fair Stand

2nd July 2017

All Saints Church, Yatton

Presentation of the Record of Church Furnishings

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Yatton Presentation
Back row: Mary Whitehorn, Angela Bailey, Lesley Gare, Maureen Bolwell, Jacy Kinross, John Kinross, Christopher Nicholson, Brenda Robbins
Front row: Elizabeth Maggs, Christopher Oulton and John Reed (Church Wardens)

21st May 2017

Church of St. Lawrence, Weston-under-Penyard

Presentation of the Record of Church Furnishings

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Weston Presentation
Brenda Edwards, Christopher Nicholson, Joanna Treble, Elizabeth Maggs, Brenda Robbins, Rev. David Howells, Lesley Gare, Ken Haynes, Michael Hoddinott, Jacy Kinross, John Kinross

14th July 2013

St. Mary's, Foy

Presentation of the Record of Church Furnishings

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Foy Presentation
Ian Higton, Lyle Walker, Christopher Nicholson, Maureen Walker, Ken Haynes, Andrew Netting (Churchwarden), Jan Canovan, Revd Anne Knight (Vicar), Lesley Gare, Ann Hay, Brenda Robbins, John Kinross, Lay preacher
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