Wildlife Survey - June 2018

07/06/2018 Weather: Warm, overcast Animals: Squirrels Birds: Robin, Blackbird, Wren, Magpie, Blue Tit. Insects: Hoverfly, Orange Tail Bumblebee, Wasp, Woodlouse Plants in flower: Green Alkanet, Allium, Aquilegia, Bindweed, Black Medick, Bramble, Buttercup, Campanula, Red Campion, White Campion, Cleavers, Comfrey, Cornflower, Cranesbill, Cow Parsley, Daisy, Dandelion, White Deadnettle, Dock, Elder, Enchanter’s Nightshade, Escallonia, Forget-me-not, Foxglove, Geum (Herb Bennett), Orange Hawkweed, Helebore, Hydrangea, Lilac, Lords and Ladies, Nettle, Nipplewort, Oxalis, Ox-Eye Daisy, Plantain, Poppy, Welsh Poppy, Primula, Pyrecanthus, Yellow Rattle, Herb Robert, Rosebay Willowherb, Roses, Speed

Conservation Diary - Week 2

Peter Walker, Hare & Humphreys Project Manager, reports that: "the conservation work in the chancel is progressing well on the upper stages and already a big difference can be seen. The two conservators, Fiona and Martha, have discovered that at some stage the roof timbers have been varnished and whoever did it was rather sloppy! As the layers have dirt have been cleaned off we can see hundreds of little dirty spots remaining which appear to be drips of this varnish which have mixed with the dirt and are proving more resistant to the method which has worked for the general cleaning. As it was a clear varnish, it would not have showed originally when it landed on the dirty surface. We will be

Preston Village Day 2018

Sunday 24th June: what a day! The sun shone, England beat Panama 6-1 and Preston Village Day 2018 proved to be very popular. St Peter’s Preston Park took part in the fourth Preston Village Day and during the day over 350 people came through the church to try out some family craft activities , watch our film on the history of St Peter’s and Preston Village, have a tour of the graveyard, try out bell-ringing and join in our Midsummer Tea Party. At 4pm the event was brought to a close with very active dancing outside the church from Brighton Morris Men (http://brightonmorris.co.uk/). Our fellow village organisations were also running activities, with tours of Preston Manor, food and plant stal

The bells!

If you would like to hear the bells properly rung, then come along on Tuesday 7th August. A team of ringers from around the country will be visiting and will ring our bells from 9am until 10am. They will be very happy to have an audience!

Conservation Diary - Week 1

The scaffolding is up, the conservators have started work and the years of dirt and dust is shifting. Very pleased to say that work has started on cleaning and conserving the chancel at St Peter's, Preston Park. Watch this space for details of the 'open afternoons' when you can hear from the conservators about their work.

Successful First Workshop

Thursday saw the first of our Family Art Workshops provided by Strike a Light. We had over 40 children and over 30 adults come along throughout the day to undertake the activities and look around the church. The printed pennants were fun to make and you can see a picture of the splendid results made by two of our guests.

The scaffolding is up!

The scaffolding for the restoration team from Hare & Humphreys is finally up with work due to start in the next couple of weeks. We are sorry, but the chancel is off limits until the work is done and the scaffolding removed. We have put chairs across the chancel entrance and notices to prevent access, but if you visit the church, please be aware that you won't be able to enter the chancel. Work will continue through the summer, with a celebration day planned for the end of September when the restoration should be complete! Thank you for your patience.

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