2nd Ludlow Conservation Weekend

.        A Stone and Wood Carving Festival
.        Illustrated Talks in the Church
.        Historic Walks through the Town
.        Guided Tours in St Laurence's
.        An Exhibition and Craft Demonstrations on Church Green
.        Plant Sale
.        An Evening with Housman - Shropshire's Poet
.        Auction of Carvings and Prize Giving for Best Entry
.        Local Food, Drink and Music

St. Laurence's Church and Church Green,

Ludlow is an architectural gem, and its parish church of St Laurence's is the jewel in its crown .
In May 2011, the Conservation Trust for St Laurence organised the first Conservation Weekend,
when 22 stonemasons working on cathedrals and ancient buildings in cities as far apart Trondheim, York and Winchester came to Ludlow to demonstrate their skills. Visitors, mainly from Shropshire and Herefordshire, watched them work throughout the weekend, then bid for the carved pieces at the ensuing auction.

The 2nd Ludlow Conservation Weekend this May incorporates a Stone and Wood Carving Festival, and will again celebrate the outstanding architecture and history of our beautiful town and church.
Monies raised during the event will contribute to the £250,000 urgently needed restore the roof and pinnacles of St Laurence's
The programme will incorporate:

.   A Stone and Wood Carving Festival

Stone masons and wood carvers throughout the country have been invited to join us in Ludlow on 26 and 27 May. Separate booking forms for Stone Masons and Wood Carvers are attached.


To download a stonemason's application form please click here

To download a woodcarver's application form please click here

Entry to Stone & Wood Carving Festivals/Craft Demonstrations: £2 per person - pay on day. Children are free and your ticket includes re-entry throughout the weekend, and admission to the Auction of Carvings at 3.30 on Sunday

. Illustrated Talks in the Church

These take place in in St Laurence's Church on the morning of Saturday 26 May.

Speakers and subjects include:

1      Duncan James, of Insight - Historic Buildings Research
"The Hereford School of Sculpture"

2       Simon Buteux, Consultant Archaeologist, University of Birmingham, and Chairman of Ludlow Civic Society
"The Treasures of St Laurence's - including its medieval misericords, the legacy of the Palmers' Guild, and its Victorian heritage.

3        Olwen Hughes, Current Chairman and Co-Founder Member of Ludlow U3A, and Art Appreciation Advisor for the 3rd Age Trust
"Who was Saint Laurence?
One of the seven deacons of Rome, Laurence was reputedly put to death on 10 August 258. The presentation offers a visual journey of artistic discovery, depicting Ludlow's patron saint through mosaics, paintings and stained glass.,

.  Historic Walks through the Town

These take place on Saturday afternoon and include:

Walk A: Ludlow Buildings through the Centuries
Led by Jonathan Wood, Chairman, Ludlow Historical Research Group;

Walk B: Ludlow's Town Walls
led by Michael Rosenbaum, Emeritus Professor of Geology

Walk C: ‘Hidden Ludlow',
Led by Colin Richards, MBE, Head of Historical Environment, Shropshire Council

Or Walk D:
Ludlow's Mills through the Centuries,
Led by Michael Page, Ludlow Historical Research Group and CT

.  Guided Tours in St Laurence's

Tour E: The Stained Glass in St. Laurence's. led by Elizabeth Bennett, CT


Or Tour F: The Heraldry of St Laurence's, Led by Hugh Wood, CT

Tickets for the Talks, Walks and Guided Tours cost £10 per person
The programme/registration form will be available shortly

To download a Programme/Booking Form please click here


. An Exhibition and Craft Demonstrations on Church Green - including a Victorian clay roof tile making machine!
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May

. Plant Sale
St Laurence's Green, Saturday 26 May

. An Evening with A E Housman - Shropshire's Poet
7.30, Saturday 26 May, St Laurence's Church

An Evening's Entertainment, organised in conjunction with the Housman Society
The programme will include Graham Trew (baritone), Polly Bolton (singer), Frances Page (reader) and Jim Page (narrator) who will explore the resonances of Housman's poetry with Shropshire.
Tickets cost £10 per person, but a discount of £3 is offered if you book for both the Talks, Walks and Guided Tours and the Housman Evening, i.e. £10 per person for either event: £17 per person for both.

Booking forms for both events will shortly be available.


. Auction of Carvings and Prize Giving for Best Entry
3.30 on Sunday 27 May
Entry by ticket only

. Local Food, Drink and Music will abound!


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