Church seeks tour guides

Geddington’s historic church, St Mary Magdalene, is calling on the community for volunteer tour guides to help share the rich stories and history.

Recently, the church has undergone significant renovations, unveiling the beauty and tales etched in stone, thanks to the ‘Stories in Stone’ project, supported by the National Lottery, Friends of the Church, and other benefactors.

They are looking for individuals who are passionate about history, community, and storytelling. Whether you’re an active member of the congregation, a history enthusiast, or simply someone who loves engaging with people, this is a splendid opportunity to connect, share, and learn.

The successful reredos restoration has led to a surge in interest in the church’s history. [Photo: Hirst Conservation]

Rev Gillian encapsulates the spirit of this initiative: “Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new things, and contribute to our community.” This sentiment lies at the heart of their call for volunteers. She continues, “Guiding at the church won’t be just about imparting historical facts; you’ll be part of our growing family.”

 

The church is filled with history, including the remains of this 10th Century window. [Photo: M Hopkins]

What they offer:

  • Training and Support: Don’t worry if you’re not well-versed in all the historical details. The church will provide thorough preparation and training, ensuring you’re equipped to share the fascinating narrative of our church confidently.
  • Flexibility: Your commitment can be as flexible as you need, with an anticipation of guiding approximately one tour a month.

Why volunteer?

  • Community Connection: It’s a chance to strengthen bonds within our village, meeting new faces and sharing common interests.
  • Personal Growth: Learn fascinating historical facts and stories about our community’s landmarks, enhancing your knowledge and appreciation.
  • Making a Difference: Your contribution will help preserve and share the heritage of Geddington and Weekley, making the rich tapestry of our history accessible to all.

 

St Mary Magdalene church from the air. [Photo: Geddington.net]

Interested in Joining? The church are eager to welcome you to their team of volunteer guides. If you’re interested or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can email them directly at geddingtonweekley@gmail.com.


 

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