Grand Jacobean stately home and gardens, on the site of Elizabeth I's childhood home.
Bateman's is a 17th-century house located in Burwash, East Sussex, England. Author Rudyard Kipling lived in Bateman's from 1902 to his death in 1936.
Part of the Glendale Churches Heritage Trail, Old Bewick has had 900 years of 'storm and strife' from Scots invasions and the weather! Built in 12th C and restored in 13th and 14th C. In 1695 the Nave was fully restored and again in 1866 the Chapel was re-roofed. The Apse is quite a wonder to behold. There is both Anglo-Saxon and Norman influences in evidence both inside and outside the church. It certainly is worth the visit and walk around our old graveyard.
Charleston, in East Sussex is a property associated with the Bloomsbury group, that is open to the public. It was the country home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and is an example of their decorative style within a domestic context, representing the fruition of over sixty years of artistic creativity. Vanessa Bell wrote of this time; "It will be an odd life, but ... it ought to be a good one for painting."
On the 18th June , we held our 80th Anniversary Concert for a Summer Evening. The Cathedral Choir and organ were augmented by soloists and The Lincoln Chamber Orchestra. The programme included Handel’s “The King Shall Rejoice”, “Zadok the Priest”; "Two Songs for Summer" by Delius, and the Friends commission, a wonderfully tuneful setting of the 23rd Psalm. The second half was a performance of Rutter’s Magnificat.
The Cathedral’s original 1215 Magna Carta is normally displayed in Lincoln Castle. From now until it returns to Lincoln Castle’s purpose built new home in early 2015, Magna Carta will be going on tour.
Before being separated once again to go on display at their residing locations, the unification will be continued for one final day at the House of Lords on Thursday.
The event at the British Library promises to be one of the most exciting moments in the global celebrations happening to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta.
We are heading for Rochester and Chichester Cathedrals, Petworth House and Lancing College Chapel for the annual weekend visit - the greatest of which venues is, arguably, Lancing College Chapel. For so many Friends of Lincoln Cathedral, Lancing College Chapel, which dominates the landscape, was always the heavenly vision set high on the South Downs, passed at speed whilst on the A 27; so near and yet so far.
But Lancing was not the first port of call; so return we must to Rochester Cathedral to spy out two treasures. Staring down from the roof above the crossing are colourful examples of Green Men, originally a pagan fertility symbol. The carved wooden bosses seen today are early Victorian examples, repainted gloriously in 1992. Equally colourful is the fresco by the celebrated Russian iconographer Sergei Fyodorov, dedicated on St John the Baptist’s Day, 24th June 2004, giving a sense of how a mediæval cathedral might once have looked.
Chichester Cathedral, by contrast, is famous for its modern art – a tapestry by John Piper, a painting by Graham Sutherland and most striking of all, a stained-glass window in vibrant hues of red and blue by Marc Chagall based on Psalm 150: ‘O Praise God in his Holiness … let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.’
During the afternoon we join with the Friends of Lancing College for Festal Evensong and a talk by their Chairman, then to Lancing’s various treasures – the crypt, the rose window designed by Stephen Dykes Bower, currently the largest rose window in England, or, perhaps, the blue and yellow stained glass window dedicated in memory of Bishop Trevor Huddleston, an old boy of the College, who spearheaded the movement against oppression and injustice in South Africa during the late 1940s, early 1950s. The window, consecrated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2007, pays testament to Huddleston’s standing and tireless campaigning.
And so to Petworth House. Surrounded by 700 acres of deer park landscaped by Capability Brown, Petworth houses a nationally important collection of paintings and sculptures with numerous works by Turner, Constable, Van Dyke, Reynolds and Blake. For me, Petworth’s overlooked treasure is the small church dedicated to St Mary by the side of the house with its memorials, stained glass and books of remembrance
One hesitates to call Keith ‘a treasure’ in this particular context, but from each of the Friends who spent such an enjoyable weekend: ‘Thank you Keith’, for your enthusiasm and energy in making it all possible.
Carolle A Kerry