We visited St Mary’s in Mundon on 31st January 2018. It was bitterly cold and we caught it between showers of sleet, fortunately the sun came out for us though 🙂
It is redundant, but not deconsecrated. At the back of the church is a field and you can walk across it to the Mundon petrified oaks. We were hoping to do this but it was so muddy that it would have been a very unpleasant walk and our white fluffy dog would have got filthy.
I hadn’t been to this church for about 9 months so I thought I’d pay it a visit . . . on a chilly and overcast January day, 8th January 2018 . . . I walked round the graveyard and bumped into an acquaintance, Jonathan, who I met on a local adult education course last year about Essex churches.
When I exclaimed at how different it looked, he told me that they had been clearing the churchyard all last summer and autumn. It does look a lot brighter, particularly the entrance past the door in the west wall, which was very overgrown before.
I didn’t go into the church, just took photos outside.
Gothic . . . 🙂
Newly pruned trees, allowing a lot more light into the graveyard
I came along to Leigh tower to ring for the switching-on of the Christmas lights on 24th November 2017. It’s a big occasion with a parade (which I was in a few years ago as a bellydancer!), stalls, all the shops open and giving out mince pies and drinks, some rides for the kids, lots of fun.
The church was open with lots of craft and food stalls inside the main body of the church, and a welcoming Santa at the door.
All the lights shining through the stained glass windows looked so beautiful, lovely to see illuminated in the darkness.
There were a full 8 of us to ring, we rang for about half an hour.