21 of us with two dogs, Henry and Bruce, met at the Poacher and Partridge in Tudeley for our bimonthly Church Walk on Saturday 23rd September. We were very pleased to welcome some new walkers, Abigel and Kata and their daughters, a Hungarian family who have been in the UK for a year or so.
Much thanks to Mike and Rosemary Wakefield for leading us.
Despite looking overcast in the early morning, it turned out to be a lovely day and we had warm sunshine most of the way. We walked through a variety of landscapes – open fields which had been harvested or ploughed, various fruit and berry plantations, apple and pear orchards as well as woods and a small forest.
The highlight was the visit to two churches. Firstly to the Church of St Thomas à Becket at Capel where we saw the extensive medieval wall-paintings which cover most of the nave, depicting amongst others Cain and Abel and Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. The church itself is not used for services but is open to the public.
Then back to All Saints Tudeley (above right), to see the wonderful stained glass windows which Sir Henry d’Avingor-Goldsmid commissioned Marc Chagall to create. The east window is a memorial tribute to his daughter Sarah who died in a sailing accident when she was 21.
Afterwards back to lunch at the pub where 16 of us had a good meal together.
The next walk will be on Saturday 18th November. More details to follow.