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.
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.