National Heritage Open Days

Yesterday I joined a tour of St. Anne’s Church which was taking part in the National Heritage Open Days. Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest festival of history culture involving some 40,000 volunteers across the Country. Led by the Rev Hugh Bearn the tour was fascinating and very informative. Apart from covering the architecture and religious aspects of the church building visitors were given a wealth of facts and figures about the two hundred and seventeen year history of the church and how it linked not just to Tottington but the Country. We discovered why the clergy are buried differently to everyone else, how the name of the church had been subtly changed and what links Tottington with the Sound of Music!