Let the repair work begin…

Let the repair work begin…

The 14th September 2020 marked a significant milestone for the Flamstead Heritage Project: the first lorry arrived onsite to start the 9-month work of repair and restoration at St Leonard’s Church! I’m sure you’ll forgive a personal perspective on...

Flamstead Children’s Village Show

With our annual Scarecrow Festival and traditional horticultural show with its popular dog show both cancelled this year due to COVID-19, opportunities for children and families to relax and have fun after 6 months of restrictions seemed limited. We had planned...

Delivering a heritage project during a pandemic

In early March (2020) we heard the fantastic news that the National Lottery Heritage Fund had decided to award us the funding for the Delivery Phase of our project to repair the medieval nave roof and clerestory windows of St Leonard’s Church in Flamstead, and...

Scarecrows tell the heritage story

Visitors to St Leonard’s Church during Flamstead’s Autumn Fayre will have encountered a scarecrow group of 13th century stonemasons busy going about the task of widening the building – and encouraging the 21st century onlookers to lend a hand! This...

The spell of St Leonard’s

I’m not the first, and I won’t be the last, to fall under the spell of St Leonard’s Church – that wonderful, craggy, 900-year-old assembly of stones, bricks, glass, wood, lead and copper sat there in the middle of our churchyard. Through being...

Flamstead Book Festival

The Flamstead Book Festival “Books in the Belfry” is back this year with a stellar line-up to help raise vital funds for the village church roof and other urgent repairs. HELEN PANKHURST, the great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline, headlines...

Matched funding pledges

When the St Leonard’s Parochial Church Council (PCC) submits a first round Heritage Lottery Bid on 25th May, it has to declare the level of funding the community will raise as a contribution to project costs. Heritage Lottery will then require that amount to be...