History Day

grouppanels.jpgOn 25th May 2003, the permanent exhibition on The History of Newchurch incorporating interpretation boards, a booklet and a website were launched. This was marked by a Clypping Service and celebrated with a historical pageant and country fayre. Our Guest of honour was our MP, Mr Michael Howard.

 

Seven panels telling the story of the village's colourful past were unveiled by Mr Howard.  These panels are on display in the church.

Costumed villagers take part in the dedication

The Clypping Service

In a revival of an ancient custom the Rector, Roger Ellis, led the people of Newchurch as they “embraced” the village church by encircling it with a continuous circle of people holding hands. This gesture was followed by a service of dedication after which the history exhibition in the church was officially opened by the Rt Hon Michael Howard QC MP., and viewed by him with other dignitaries and visitors.

 

The panels are officially unveiled by Michael Howard MP

Villagers embrace the church, and face out to the village in the ancient tradition of the Clypping Service.  Photo courtesy of Anita Luckett

Click here to see photos of the Historical Pageant and Country Fayre