THE weekend of February 10-11 will once again see St Leonard’s Church in Beoley open its doors and grounds so visitors can experience the beautiful carpet of snowdrops that appear all over the churchyard, graves, and surrounding grounds.
The church will also have displays inside showing the huge range of activities hosted by the church as well as the work it does in the local community.
In particular there will be results of the hotly contested poetry competition that has been running in local schools.
Children’s activities feature strongly at St Leonard’s and the side chapel devoted to the Sheldon family will be transformed into hive of activity involving children in church activities.
Young visitors can also participate in a competition to find various things hidden with the church and its grounds.
This year it will be birds. There will be a number of illustrations carefully positioned and those who find and identify them all will win a small prize.
St Leonard’s is an old church with its origins dating back to the 12th Century.
Visitors will be able to see old church records and learn more of its historic connections.
For example there will be the now famous story of the ‘skull’. Who does it belong to and does it have connections to William Shakespeare?
Many people know of the church because the bells which ring out before services and at key annual events like Christmas and New Year.
Visitors will be able to see a display on bell ringing and will have the chance to have a go at ringing.
Refreshments will be available on both days with luncheons available on Saturday.
The church is open to visitors on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.
Normal services will take place as usual at 9.30am and 11am.