The parish church of All Saints is in the attractive village of Crudwell, situated between Malmesbury and Cirencester. When we visited, one church member showed us a host of historical points of interest; he was very enthused about this wonderful building - and is wholly justified! In celebration of the New Millennium, a stained glass window was commissioned. It was designed by local Colin Stokes and installed by him in May 1999, being dedicated in May 2000 by the Bishop of Bristol. The text within it states it is "to celebrate the life and work of this parish amid God's creation at the close of the Second Millennium". So while still caring for its past, this ccongregation is not afraid to put its mark on the building - it is not a museum to the past but a living entity.
We took these photographs over five visits. On the second visit some church members were preparing the building for the annual Strawberry Fayre. The 'flower ladies' suggested we returned a couple of days later, when all the muddles would be cleared away, and partake of the Strawberry Fayre. Having never heard of this, we decided to give it a try. From an advertisement: "Imagine it ......... feasting on "The Works". Crumbly Home-made shortcake moistened with strawberry syrup and covered in luscious juicy strawberries piled high with ice-cream and cream. Brought to you as you laze in the summer sun in the dappled shade of ancient lime trees which surround the Village Green."
We were not disappointed!! It was every bit as good as it sounds. Follow the link to read more about the Strawberry Fayre.
This is a congregation that takes the job of looking after God's building seriously. Their enthusiasm will make them successful.