I visited All Saints in Hutton on 8th December 2018, for the Southern District of the EACR Carol service. It’s a small and well kept church down a long and narrow country lane, very pretty building and setting.
There are 5 bells and it’s a ground floor ring. The local ringers put on a lovely after-service tea with home-made cakes, sausage rolls and mulled wine.
The annual district striking competition took place at Eastwood on 17th November 2018. It was a lovely sunny autumn day when we arrived and the church looked lovely in the sunshine.
There were 5 teams entered into the competition, so between ringing and listening I had a chance to walk around the church, both inside and outside. It is situated right beside one of the runways at Southend Airport so services (and competitions) are often interrupted by planes taking off and landing!
We visited this church on 7th September 2018. It was closed. It is situated on a hill outside the town, with fields all around and there is a wooden turnstile beside the lynch gate. It has got a huge churchyard. The tower is tall and very fine, with niches on two sides, empty but presumably originally had figures in them. There was a patch of mint in the churchyard, it smelled lovely as we walked over it. Out the back, looking down the hill, we could see a creek.
We paid a visit to this little church on a very wet and humid day, 29th May 2018. The air was still and full of gnats, and it was completely silent. You used to be able to park in an area just outside the gate to the churchyard but unfortunately this area has had to be closed off due to vandals and now you have to park at the top of the lane and walk down. No hardship though, the track leads down past an extension to the graveyard and then a house and back garden, all very interesting for nosey people like me 🙂
The church was locked so all pictures are of the outside:
We visited this redundant church on 13th May 2018, it was closed as it’s not now being used as a church. But it’s being well maintained, the churchyard was looking good and there is a church hall beside it which is obviously being used. The church is now owned by Sutton Hall next to it, and there is a drive to the hall going past the side of the churchyard.
There was pretty frothy Queen Anne’s Lace all around and the rape field opposite was still in flower. Beautiful English springtime 🙂
Our second visit to this church was just a quick walk round the outside on a very blustery October day, after celebrating my mother-in-law’s birthday with lunch at the Old Windmill in South Hanningfield.
We visited this church on a bright and sunny Sunday morning. It was down a little lane, past a few houses and through some farm grounds. There was a service going on but we didn’t go in.
The church was in disrepair for many years but since March 2013 it has been used by the Greek Orthodox church. There was some fencing around the south side of the church and a lot of dead climbing plant over the south side of the tower, probably ivy. It had been cut back at the bottom so presumably will be removed at some point.