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DHCT’s celebrated Church Crawls offer you the opportunity to learn more about our wonderful architectural heritage. Two of our Trustees are experts in the fields of church history and architecture and of painted and stained glass. They lead a group of up to 30 Friends and their guests around a small selection of rural or urban churches sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge of their subjects. We meet at 10.30 and usually visit two churches before sharing a pub lunch, which provides plenty of time to meet Trustees and other Friends. Several more churches are interpreted in the afternoon before a cup of tea to round off the day. The Crawls take place 4 or 5 times a year and have become very popular.

 

Programme for 2017:

Wednesday 10 May – meet at Affpuddle 

Thursday 8 June – meet at Hinton St Mary 

Wednesday 5 July – meet at Litton Cheney 

Thursday 14 September – meet at Witchhampton

 

 

 

Sue Smith Tel: 01725 552225 or email: susan.smith310@tesco.net

 


 

 

Wednesday 10th May 2017

DHCT Church Crawl Wednesday May 10th 2017

I am sending you the schedule for the May Church Crawl – hoping you may be able to join us.

Schedule:

10.00 for 10.30 Meet at St Laurence’s Church, Affpuddle. (DT2 7HH) There is a delightful area with a seat by the river that runs behind the church. If you arrive in good time there will be a mug of coffee waiting for you!

11.30 St John the Evangelist, Tolpuddle (DT2 7EW)

12.15 St Andrew, Milborne St Andrew (DT11 OJR)

1.00 pm   Lunch at The Oak Tree, Dewlish

2.15 All Saints, Dewlish (DT2 7LU)

3.15 St Mary, Puddletown (DT2 8SN)

3.45 Tea at the Parish Rooms, Puddletown

As before there is a charge of £10.00 for the Church Crawl which includes a sandwich lunch. It is easier for the caterers if I can give them a guide to the number of people so please let me know if, as I hope you will, you are planning to join us

Susan Smith, Winterborne Cottage

Minchington

Dorset DT11 8DH

Tel: 01725 552225

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Susan E Smith

 

 

 


 

Thursday 8th June 2017

 

Schedule:

10.00 for 10.30 Meet at St Peter, Hinton St Mary (DT10 1NA) Mrs Valerie Pitt-Rivers has very kindly invited us to have coffee with her before the start of the crawl. I quote from her email:

 

“Will do coffee in the Tithe Barn as there is an urn there & people very welcome to walk round garden if it`s a fine day.  There is a path from the church through to the garden so do use that.  You could all park in our tractor yard in lane just about opposite the church & go into church & to Tithe Barn from there – I will put out a car parking signs in the right place!  And  do come up our long drive (through our big gates off the B3092) if you like.  It would be a help if you could let me know approx. how many you expect nearer the time.”

 

So please let me know as soon as possible if you plan to join us on June 8th.

11.30 St Gregory, Marnhull (DT10 1PZ )

12.15 St Mary, Stalbridge (DT10 2LR)

1.00 pm   Lunch at Thyme after Time   DT10 2SG

2.15 St Barnabus, Stock Gaylard   (DT10 2BG)

3.15 St Thomas ἁ Becket, Lydlinch (DT10 2BG)

Kate Lear has kindly invited us to have tea at her lovely home Stayners Farm, Lydlinch after visiting the church there.

As before there is a charge of £10.00 for the Church Crawl which includes a sandwich lunch. It is easier for the caterers if I can give them a guide to the number of people to cater for, so please let me know if, as I hope you will, you are planning to join us

Susan Smith, Winterborne Cottage

Minchington

Dorset DT11 8DH

Tel: 01725 552225

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 


 

Wednesday 5th July 2017

 

 

Wed 5th July

DHCT Church Crawl Wednesday July 5th 2017

Dorset Historic Churches Trust

Church Crawl

This wonderful day out married the best of Dorset churches with the best of Dorset countryside in the best of Dorset weather.

Organiser Sue Smith had selected the Bride Valley for the attentions of a group of over 40 Friends of DHCT and the group met at St Michael and All Angels, Little Bredy, where Sir Philip Williams invited everyone for coffee in the village hall at the beginning of the day.

This emphasised the family feel of these outings, as we were able to take a peek at the beauties of Bridehead before looking at the church itself, which the Trust has recently supported with a grant towards refurbishments.

St Peter’s Long Bredy is found in a setting of rural delight and a focus of attention was the outstanding table tombs in the yard, as well as the church and tower.

Dropping down the valley to Litton Cheney, the group found St Mary’s church large for a Dorset village but retaining some of its very impressive 13th century masons’ work.

By now having worked up a good appetite on a hot day, the group was happy to arrive at The Crown Inn, Puncknowle, where lunch had been ordered, before investigating the church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin. This is a building full of interest and history, starting from the Norman chancel arch and running through to the present day.

To conclude a much enjoyed ‘crawl’, the party doubled back eastwards to St Michael’s, Winterbourne Steepleton. This, too, is a church full of fascinating features, but attention was inevitably focussed on the amazing survival of the famous Saxon angel, now located inside the church.

The day concluded with tea and cakes, as well as hearty thanks, proposed by the Chairman Simon Pomeroy, to our architectural historian, Dr Tim Connor and stained glass expert, Sue Smith. Many people had worked to make this event such a delight, including David Bruce-Payne, who entertained the group with organ music where this was possible.

Simon Pomeroy concluded by saying that this would be the last crawl before the Ride+Stride, the Trust’s major fund-raising event on 9th September. He wished all well with this important day in the DHCT year.

 


 


 

Dorset Historic Churches Trust

Church Crawl – Thursday 14th September 2017

The 2017 season of summer church crawls came to a very successful conclusion on Thursday 14th September with a tour of five diverse but most interesting buildings clustered round Witchampton.

Some 30 Friends of DHCT gathered first at All Saints, Chalbury, where organisers Sue Smith and Sue Bruce-Payne served coffee before the DHCT Trustee and architectural historian Dr Tim Connor spoke about the building. For those not familiar with this gem of a church – mainly Georgian and a miraculous survivor of the Victorian restorations – its beautiful box pew-filled interior and its archetypal merrie-England setting were a revelation.

Moving on to St Wolfrida, Horton, the group were confronted with something largely of a similar period but a quite different feeling. Here the exterior impresses with its solid, powerful tower of 1722 inspired perhaps by the work of Sir John Vanbrugh at the now demolished Eastbury House at Tarrant Gunville. Meanwhile inside the Broase tombs moved from a lost priory and the 18th century reredos were very much worth close study.

The centre of the day’s meanderings was Witchampton, where a sandwich lunch was arranged in the village hall after the group had studied the church of St Mary and St Cuthberga. Largely rebuilt in 1840, this church contains some interesting memorials, especially to the Uvedale and Cole families and some impressive early 20th century work, particularly the windows of 1938 by Sir Ninian Comper. The reredos of a similar period provided the nativity image for this year’s DHCT Christmas Card, which was available for purchase on the day, and may be ordered via the shop pages of the website: www.dhct.org.uk/index.php/shop

The church of St Mary, Tarrant Rushton, is a very attractive cruciform building, chiefly Norman in date, but now looking rather severe without its internal plaster wall coverings. The curious squint for lepers and the large Cobham Tomb in the churchyard provided much to look at. We were also able to see another of the rare stained glass windows provided by this circuit of churches – by Francis Skeete.

These days out always aim to finish on a high note, in this case emphatically supplied by St Mary’s, Tarrant Crawford. This building is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust as the local population, never great, has moved away in modern times. The rich and important nunnery of the middle ages has completely disappeared, apart from a few private farm buildings, leaving the church, probably intended for the use of the servants, alone in a field. This decline has allowed the most impressive wall paintings to survive from the fourteenth century and reminds us how colourful most churches of the middle ages must have been.

A vote of thanks to our guide and leaders was offered by trustee Tim Smith before, following tea and a welcome slice of cake, crawlers dispersed.

 


Thursday June 9th - Church Crawl -   Cranborne Chase area

The plan for the crawl on Thursday June 9th is as follows:

 

10.30am    Meet St Nicholas’ church, Ashmore, SP5 5AE

11.30am   Church of St Mary, Chettle, DT11 8DB

 

12.30 pm Gussage St Andrew – DT11 8DL followed by :

Light lunch at Winterbourne C ottage, Minchington DT11 8DH – a short walk from Gussage St Andrew chapel

 

2.30 Visit St Mary, Tarrant Hinton, DT11 8JB

 

3.30  St Mary, Tarrant Gunville, DT11 8JN

 

Finishing (if the weather is fine) with a graveyard tea!

 

There is a charge of £10 each which covers the cost of the lunch.  Dr Tim Connor will speak to us about the architecture and history of each church and my speciality is the stained glass.

 

Parking is difficult at my cottage for lunch as it is a narrow lane, a neighbour has kindly said we can park in his drive or one can walk from the chapel at Gussage St Andrew as it is only a short walk down the lane. There are only spaces for 3 cars at mine so anyone who needs to park right here please say and I will keep a space for you. I will hand out a detailed map on reaching my cottage on the day but if anyone wants a large map of the whole day let me know as I have one I can post to you.

 

I do hope you will join us - do not hesitate to telephone me or email if you have any further queries. 

 

Best wishes   Sue Smith

 

Future crawls:

Wednesday 6th July – Beaminster, Netherbury, Melplash, Powerstock

Thursday 8 September, - Portland Wyke Regis - still planning!

 Crawl Map

 

Wednesday July 6th - Church Crawl     Powerstock area

The plan for the crawl on Wednesday 6 July 2016 is as follows:

 

10.30am    Meet St Mary’ s church, Netherbury, DT6 5LR

11.30am   Church of St Mary, Beaminster, DT8 3BA

 

12.30 pm Mapperton – All Saints church – DT8 3NR followed by :

 

Pre-booked light lunch in the café at Mapperton

 

2.30 Visit St Mary Magdalene, North Poorton, DT6 3TH

 

3.30  StMary, Powerstock, DT6 3TD

 

Finishing (if the weather is fine) with tea in Myrtle Cottage garden, the home of Dr Tim Connor.

 

There is a charge of £10 each which covers the cost of the lunch.  Dr Tim Connor will speak to us about the architecture and history of each church and my speciality is the stained glass.

 

Parking is tricky in deepest Dorset - at Netherbury there is some parking at the top of the hill (sort of behind the church) which I would recommend for people who might find the steep cobbled path tricky. In Beaminster we will need to park where we can in the church/market square area. From Beaminster to North Poorton is a delightful drive through the countryside but at times it does look as if one is driving straight into a private garden!

 

I do hope you will join us - do not hesitate to telephone me or email if you have any further queries or would like a more detailed route map..  It is important to let me know if you are staying for lunch as I have to inform Mapperton of numbers in advance.

 

Best wishes   Sue Smith

01725 552225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Future crawls:

Thursday 8 September, - Portland WykeRegis - still planning!

Map 2

 

Church Crawl to Portland, Thursday 8th September

10.30am for 11.00, meet at the Avalanche Memorial Church, also known as the Church of St Andrew, located in Southwell village. DT5 2EQ

12 noon – The Easton Methodist church - DT5 1BX

1.00pm   - Lunch at The White Stones café, just down the road from the Methodist Church.

2.15pm – All Saints Church, Easton, DT5 1HG – just round the corner from the café and on the opposite side of the square to the Methodist church.

3.15 pm – St George’s church, Reforne, Wide St, Portland DT5 2JP. - Vast and solitary, St George's is one of the most magnificent 18th-century church in Dorset. It rises from the rocky, treeless and dramatic peninsula of Portland and is surrounded by a sprawling churchyard which is a treasure trove of fabulous headstones and memorials that tell tales of murder, piracy and adventure.

Dr Tim Connor and Sue Smith will be your guides on this church crawl. There is a charge of £10.00 for the day and it would be very much appreciated if you could let Sue Smith know if you are planning to attend (so we can let the cafe know how many for lunch).

Sue Smith Tel: 01725 552225 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

This promises to be a great day of beautiful views, remarkable churches and fascinating history - I do hope you will join us.  The map should enlarge to show you details if you click and copy it and then enlarge it.