Beautiful Church of Saint Matthew's Marstow had needed a considerable
amount of restoration work and to this end, an appeal was launched
two years ago, which raised over £50,000 to pay for the
work to be carried out. The
porch was badly crumbling and the church was in danger of being
closed due to this. The bellcote was unsafe and the bells, one
of which dates back to the fourteenth century had in fact been
removed in 1998.
restoration work is finished now and on Sunday, a special service
to give thanks for the restoration and for harvest took place.
Bishop Michael Hooper of Ludlow led the service along with Rev.
are a series of photographs of St. Matthew's. One was taken
when work on the porch was just beginning and the others on
Sunday 10th October 2004, just prior to the service.
a bystander, on a lovely sunny day in the quiet village of Marstow,
I could picture a medieval scene, listening to the chiming of
the two bells, which were being rung for the first time at a
service in over 20 years.