Thursday, 27 June 2013

Day off in Radford Semele

A day of rest after yesterdays exertions.   The moorings here are very congenial, open countryside and a short walk to the village with pub, small shop and buses into Leamington Spa.   Geoff took a bus into Leamington this morning and I visited the recently reopened church.   The church was gutted by an arson attack in the spring of 2008 and has just reopened in May this year.   What was a devastating event has been turned around with an incredible amount of hard work and fund raising to create a completely new interior.
Click here to see how the church looked after the fire

the re-opened church of St Nicholas
during the rebuilding these stairs to the bell tower were discovered.  Previously a ladder was used.

This Millenium window has been completely redone with one of the  original pieces of glass
The original Altar and new window
The new Altar

The old altar position at the end, which can still be used if necessary.  Now used as a coffee shop, meeting room and space for Messy Church
The church is now open at set times on various days with volunteers to greet you and show off all that has been done.  I was met by a lovely lady who told me all about it.

After visiting the church I returned to do some tough up painting.  Geoff eventually returned having walked back from Leamington.

The rain is now back, thankfully my painting is just about dry.......hope the rain goes through in the night as we have 10 locks to do to reach Long Itchington for the weekend.   We are going in company with Krystyl makes life so much easier especially as we shall now be climbing uphill again.

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