Festival of Churches to showcase events around county

St Peter's Church warden, Robin Wilson with the altar frontal he has painted for the event. It shows a still from real footage of the Battle of the Somme.

St Peter's Church warden, Robin Wilson with the altar frontal he has painted for the event. It shows a still from real footage of the Battle of the Somme.

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PUDLESTON soldiers who fought in the First World War will be remembered in a commemorative display next month.

The display at St Peter’s Church is set to feature boards for 70 men from Pudleston and the surrounding villages and includes photographs, letters and newspaper reports.

It is just one of the events taking place as part of the church’s part in the 16-day Festival of Churches.

Also on show is the church’s flower festival called 'Songs that Won the War', with all events taking place over the weekend of September 13 and 14 between 10am and 5pm.

The Festival of Churches takes place between September 6 and 21, featuring a number of historic church-based events across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.

Hoarwithy Church is set to host the Big Sing – a workshop for those who want to sing – as well as the Love’s Minstrelsy concert on September 12.

And Leominster’s Priory Church is set to feature an exhibition called Rifles and Spade – Leominster and the Great War on September 6.

“People interested in local history should be able to plan a really great and entertaining weekend,” said Jenny Beard, one of the organisers.

“Many churches will be featuring staffed exhibitions with knowledgeable people able to tell the story of their building and of some of the people who through history have helped maintain the Christian faith in this area.

"Those who love music will be able to find some excellent concerts from classical to jazz and religious to popular stuff. And what would an event at a church be without cake, unless it’s a harvest supper.”

Other activities on offer include a chance to try bell ringing, take part in church trails, wedding celebrations and flower festivals.

The events will help to raise funds for the Historic Churches Trusts which help fund repairs when churches need money for their historic and sometimes costly buildings.

For a full list of events and Herefordshire churches taking part visit festivalofchurches.co.uk

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