What happens to Anglican churches when they are no longer needed for their original purpose? Some are demolished; others are converted to houses, offices or shops. Yet there are a few that are so precious that none of these solutions is deemed suitable. On Thursday 20th May 2021 at 20:00 John Vigar will tell us about some of these churches. This is an online talk delivered via Zoom.
Fifty years ago they would have been shut up and left to decay. The same might be true today had not a charity, The Friends of Friendless Churches, been established in 1957. It hoped struggling churches to keep their doors open and lobbied Parliament to establish a mechanism whereby important buildings could be saved. This led to the establishment of The Churches Conservation Trust in 1969. Today more than 400 churches in England and Wales are cared for by these two bodies – preserved for today and for future generations. They may not be used for worship but they are still very much community buildings.
John Vigar is a Trustee of The Friends of Friendless Churches, which is now the government body for redundant churches in Wales. Until his retirement he worked for The Churches Conservation Trust in England, which makes him the ideal speaker on the subject. This talk looks at many of these churches, exploring their unique architecture and history and explaining how and why they were saved for the nation.
Thursday 20th May 2021 at 20:00 via Zoom. Tickets £5 available online only. Tickets are not available from the Community Centre Office
centreTalks are a fund raising activity of Bourne End (Bucks) Community Association.