Heritage Open Days

St Stephen’s and St Ethelbert’s are once again joining in with Heritage Open Days.

St Stephen’s

St Stephen’s Church (Belle Vue Rd, Cinderford, GL14 2AA) will be open on Saturday 14 September from 10 am – 5 pm.

The day will be a celebration of Leonard Clark’s story ‘Bands’. Leonard Clark was a chorister at St Stephen’s church and wrote about the choir and local band in his memoir “A Fool in the Forest”.

At 2 pm, “Bands” will be read by Celebrated poet and author Maggie, interspersed with musical pieces from Pillowell Brass Band who are celebrating their 130th anniversary this year.

Throughout the day, information about Leonard Clark, his books and the band will be available. There will also be an opportunity to read and appreciate the contemporary writing of local young people that will be on display.

St Ethelbert’s

St Ethelbert’s (Littledean, GL14 3NL) is a 14th Century Church set in the beautiful Forest of Dean. The church will be open on Saturday 14 September (10.30 am – 5.00 pm) and Sunday 15 September (12 noon – 5.00 pm) and visitors will be able to see many of the wonderful historical items in the church. Including the remains of the spire that was removed in 1894 after storm damage. Also look out for the clock and see if you notice anything odd!

Excitingly, the bell tower will, once again, be open on Saturday from 12 noon – 5.00 pm (Sunday times to be confirmed) and visitors are able to try their hand at bellringing.

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