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Bank Holiday Sunday in the company of angels!

on May 6, 2013

It’s a Bank Holiday weekend here in England. A three-day holiday. A friend commented ‘Bank Holidays just aren’t such fun when you’re retired. Every day is a holiday.’ My feeling is that Bank Holidays aren’t such fun when you’re on your own. I can do one day completely solo, and two days at a pinch, but three is pushing my tolerance of solitude!

So I was delighted to be invited to join an outing yesterday afternoon. Our minister’s wife Pat has her sister Joan visiting, and she included a friend and myself in a delightful expotishun to St Mary’s Church, Huntingfield.

Digital Image

On the outside this church is a quintessential English church in a classic English churchyard full of fresh-cut-grass smells and birdsong. But inside it is a paradise of angels!

Rector’s wife and talented artist Mildred Holland took eight months in 1859 to paint the chancel ceiling and over the next three years the nave, with the most glorious hosts of angels, plus flowers and lavish decoration to turn the roof of the church into a blaze of wonder.

This is an old pic and not very good, sorry. Do look on the St Mary's Huntingfield website

This is an old pic and not very good, sorry. Do look on the St Mary’s Huntingfield website

We put our (Val’s!) pound coin in the box and the ceiling lights came on so we could gaze in awe – and take photographs! If you’re visiting, do take time to admire the carved pew ends, including the wonderfully tactile greyhounds on the choir stalls.

And of course, after that we had to have tea! What a glorious way to spend an afternoon – in the company of angels?




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