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    The end of the Cedar

    There was a lot of activity in the churchyard last week, as a large Cedar tree was cut down. Unfortunately this distinctive tree had died of a fungal disease and had begun to drop some very big branches, which we could hear drop from inside the church! The churchyard is maintained by St Mary’s Parish Council, so they instructed a…

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    Open Day video

    A short snippet of video taken during our open day, including some atmospheric organ playing! Please excuse the camera shake… rushing to capture the moment! Now we have a Youtube channel, we’ll be doing some more videos of the church… watch this space! Open Day video

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    Some interior views

    We had a fantastic response to our Open Doors event on Sunday. Over 155 people came (breaking our previous attendance record!) to view the interior of the church, and to see our house conversion, and at one point people were queuing to get in! There was a wonderful atmosphere enhanced by impromptu organ recitals and people sitting on pews chatting…

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    Open Day – Sunday 8th September

    This Sunday 8th September, we will be open from 10am – 5pm as we are taking part in ‘Open Doors’. Organised by The Civic Trust for Wales, Open Doors gives everyone the opportunity to visit heritage buildings and sites not normally open to the public. Over 300 places are taking part throughout Wales, during September and you can view the…

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    A very big ‘thank you!’

    We had a fantastic response to our Open Day yesterday. A huge thank you to all 85 of you that came! Some traveling quite a distance to come to Welshpool to view Christ Church. The joy of having an Open Day is that you never know who is going to walk in! It’s wonderful to meet such a range of…

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    Sweeping and weeding…

    We are having a very busy week, preparing for Saturday’s Open Day. The church has been swept and tidied up, information panels updated and added too and all the displays set up. We were prompted to do this a little ahead of schedule, as we had a visit yesterday from Penybontfawr WI. As part of their summer trip, they came…

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    Roses

    Along side the south aisle of the church runs a flower bed, planted up I believe, by the Head Gardener of Powis Castle many years ago. Next to this flower bed lies the Herbert family tombs, including three of the Earls. At this time of year it looks beautiful, full of pinks and whites. The roses always stand out and…

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    ‘Be a Local Tourist Week’

    This weekend starts the begining of ‘Be a Local Tourist Week’ with lots of interesting events with a flavour of Welshpool’s heritage. There are a selection of guided walks and tours, open houses and gardens. Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway are offering a reduced fares all week too. And don’t forget we are open next Saturday 10am – 5pm! A full…

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    Open Days 2013

    We have begun to prepare for our Open Days this year. Its always quite an undertaking preparing posters, going through all the information panels and tweeking them as well as preparing new ones. That’s before we begin the big tidy up! This year, as a one off, we will be opening the ground floor of the ‘house’, as well as…

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    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

    We are just about all set for Christmas, with our ‘Christmas Area’ cleared and arranged. The tree is not quite as majestic as we’ve had in the past, but it is still rather nice in it’s own humble way. It is nice having a ‘real’ tree as they are always so different from year to year. At least with a…