Ludlow Conservation Weekend

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May 2011



St Laurence's Church once again echoed to the sound of chisels on stones when 21 stonemasons from as far afield as Trondheim Cathedral in Norway to Winchester Cathedral in Wessex descended on Ludlow to take part in the Stone Carving Festival, one of the events within the Ludlow Conservation Weekend. The Flower Festival and Wedding Dress Display transformed the already magnificent aisle and chancels; and Church Green buzzed with visitors buying plants, watching craft demonstrations, or delighting in the beauty of the Paved Garden.

"The Conservation Trust for St Laurence organised the Conservation Weekend as a fund-raising event to raise money to restore the stonework and magnificent monuments in the church", explained Trustee, Rosemary Wood. "It is too early to publish the final figure, but the auction of carvings alone raised £4,200, and the weekend as a whole raised over £8,500."

"Centuries ago, the Church and Town worked very closely together", said Trust Chairman, Bill Lloyd-Kitchen. "We would like to express our gratitude to the many, many Ludlow organisations and businesses which supported us, either by financial donations, services or loan of equipment. There are too many to mention, but without their support, we could not have staged the event."

Other highlights of the weekend included a series of illustrated talks in the church, historical walks and guided tours of St Laurence's. The Mayor's Service was arranged to co-incide with the Weekend, emphasising the ‘essential relationship' between church and town.

"The Conservation Trust exists to raise money to conserve and maintain our magnificent church, sometimes called ‘The Cathedral of the Marches'," said Bill. "Although the weekend was an outstanding success, we hope it will also result in more people wishing to become ‘Palmers', that is, financially supporting the Trust by committing to regular donations".

Membership forms are in the church, or may be downloaded from here. Or
contact Trust Secretary, Maureen Stinton on or phone 01583 873445

Click here to view photostream of the event and completed stone carvings

Click here to view photographs of flowers and Ludlow Waites

Click here to obtain the report of the weekend in the June Electronic Update

. Illustrated Talks in the Church
. Conservation Walks through the Town
. Guided Tours in St Laurence's

. A Stone Carving Festival on the Church Green

. An Exhibition and Craft Demonstrations in the Main Marquee

. A Children's Area with Craft Activities

. An Exhibition describing St Laurence's Paved Garden, incorporating a display of Medieval Plants - Culinary, Medicinal, and Mythical

. Flower Festival and Wedding Dress Display in St. Laurence's

. Auction of Carvings and Prize Giving

. Local Food, Drink and Music

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