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As winter approaches, Simon Colledge remembers a lovely early summer's day

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Simon Colledge recalls the Church Crawl on 19th May to St Michael, Wayford (interior pictured left) St Stephen, Winsham and St Thomas, Cricket St Thomas. Click heading for full details.

We were fortunate in having a lovely day, and despite the distraction of the Royal Wedding, thirty members came.
Wayford, St. Michael & All Angels, is on the road to nowhere, and despite a pebble-dash extension, has an unspoiled interior, box pews, limed oak, traces of a mass dial and marks on the porch supposedly where crusaders sharpened their swords.

A short drive brought us to Winsham, St. Stephen, where Peter Saunders, Church Warden, welcomed us. The church contains a copy of Foxe's Book of Martyrs (one of only six remaining) and a tympanum of the crucifixion, which had survived white-washing. The bell-ringers are placed in front of the choir, a fairly unusual arrangement.

Our final visit was to the church of St. Thomas, Cricket St. Thomas, and we were fortunate in having Canon Hugh Williams to give an amusing and detailed history of the church: a beautiful setting, familiar to some for the connection with the Hood and Nelson families. Angela Dudley had skillfully negotiated free tea and delicious cake provided by Warners and served in the fine old house.

Simon Colledge
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