Why not visit St James' Church this week?

You can visit as part of the Heritage open weekend - please note that this event has now occurred

By Paul Evans

The Church, in Upton Street, will be open between 10.00 and 16.00 on both Friday 12th & Saturday 13th.  You can just drop in as there is no need to pre-book, and your visit is free, so why not come along and have a look at this fascinating 19th Century building?  Light refreshments, including hot and cold drinks, will be available on both days.

Also, between 13.00 and 15.00 on Saturday 13th a Memory Fair will be held at the Church.  At this event you can hear about the Church's story, and about its relationship with the parish School.

If you've ever fancied writing a piece of fiction, perhaps based on incidents from your own life, there will be an opportunity to find out how to do this at the Memory Fair, as Anna Lawrence Pietroni, until recently Writer in Residence at the University of Gloucestershire, will be on hand to share her expertise.  Anna is a published author, so will also be able to provide tips about getting your work published.  To gain an idea of the type of writing that can be achieved, why not check out the piece created by Anna as a downloadable document here.

A showreel of personal stories connected with Barton and Tredworth, or recounted by residents of the area, with accompanying images, will be available to view throughout the two days.  It will take roughly 37 minutes to view the complete presentation, which is made up of ten stories altogether, and will play in a loop.  A selection of local images from documents held at Gloucestershire Archives will also be available to view during the two days.

If these presentations and images jog your memories, there will also be opportunities over the two days to share your own brief recorded memories about the Church, or the School, or about living in Barton and Tredworth generally.  This is on an entirely voluntary basis, as there is no expectation that you will share your memories if you attend.

Please note that Christchurch, in Brunswick Road, which shares its benefice with St James, will also be freely open for viewing between 10.00 and 16.00 on Friday and Saturday.

This page was added by Paul Evans on 09/09/2014.