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Kelham and Averham Churches: Open Weekend


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On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July the churches of St Wilfrid in Kelham and St Michael and All Angels in Averham are opening for longer than usual. Everyone is invited to come along.

St Wilfrid’s, Kelham will be open between 10.30 and 3pm on both days. Come and meet the 23 staff and students from the Society of the Sacred Mission (Kelham Hall) who lost their lives in World War One – their stories are moving and inspiring. Discover something about the 3rd Duchess of Rutland who owned Kelham Hall in the 1720s and her family, and the memorial she built to her father. Have a look at the new organ that’s being installed – it’s still a work in progress though!, and there’s the historic graffiti to look at as well.

St Michael and All Angel’s, Averham will be open between 10am and 2pm on both days. The church is listed in the Domesday Book and is one of the oldest in the county. There are many tombs and monuments for the Sutton family, some dating to the 14thCentury, to be found in the Church. On Saturday 7th between 11.30 and 2pm, Robert Starr will be playing Averham’s rare Water Powered Organ, so come and see the hydraulic engine in action. Recently restored at a cost of £100,000, the organ was built in 1901 by J J Binns and has over 1,000 pipes. The music will be varied to suit all tastes and Robert is happy to let anyone with some experience ‘have a go’. At 3.30pm on Sunday 8th July Kelham and Averham churches will join with North and South Muskham Churches for a ‘Songs of Praise’ service at South Muskham, with a theme of Remembrance, followed by refreshments


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