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Finchingfield Guildhall

Turning Tudor 2016

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This year we had our 2nd Tudor event spilling onto the green and into the churchyard and of course in the Guildhall itself.

A great success amongst the visitors, volunteers and re-enactors. Here are a few of the images captured from the event. Have a look in our galleries as well.

MP loves cake

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James Cleverly visited the Guildhall to have talks about the future of the bridge in Finchingfield. The team took him on a guided tour of the Hall and chatted about our fundraising plans.

James like all well brought up MPs sent a very gracious Thank you letter. The highpoint for Kiki Wood, manager was his parting comment. "It would be wrong of me not to acknowledge and thank you also for the delicious Tunisian Orange Cake!"  We include a picture of James and the cake in this post.  They have not recently been seen together.


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Our first Tudor feast took place yesterday, and was enjoyed by us all, guests and those who organised and took part.  Things took a slightly surreal turn when Alison Hammond of 'Strictly, and 'This Morning' appeared to use our loos whilst filming in the village. She came in to take photos and clearly thought we regularly dressed up and had feasts as a village tradition.  Well maybe we should!  

A new donation box at the Guildhall

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Now that that entry to the museum is free, we decided to design our very own donation box. The box is based on one of the puppies from 101 Dalmatians. Author Dodie Smith lived locally and there is an exhibit all about her in the museum. So come along and pop a penny or two in the Dalmatian. 

First we laser cut ply into the Dalmatian shape, and then we gave several coats of paint.  We glued all the elements together, and painted the pups features and spots. 

Jamie Harper-Ptolomey nominated for awards

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Jamie Harper-Ptolomey  is the young man who was the pargetting apprentice on the Guildhall restoration.  He has been nominated for the  English Heritage Angel awards, and has also been shortlisted as part of "best craftsmanship by a trainee on a heritage rescue"  involving the guildhall, If you would like to vote for Jamie please click on the  link  for the English Heritage  Angel awards, where you can vote for him/ the guildhall as your favourite project.

Jamie earlier this year repairing the Guildhall Church hill facade

Jamie earlier this year repairing the Guildhall Church hill facade

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