Bells will ring to mark reopening of Ayston Church

Ayston Church EMN-150518-154652001
Ayston Church EMN-150518-154652001

A special event will be held on Friday (May 29) to mark the reopening of a Rutland church following a revamp by the conservation trust.

St Mary the Virgin Church in Ayston, near Uppingham, has been in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust since April last year.

Since that time, the trust has conducted an extensive programme of repair works, costing £370,000, including:

l Reroofing of the church

l Improvements to drainage

l Masonry repairs, especially to the higher stages of the tower

l Specialist glazing work

l Wall painting conservation

l Repairs to pews, panelling and other furnishings

l Investigating and relaying floors affected by damp

l Work to make the bells safe and ringable.

A special event to mark the reopening will be held on Friday, from 1pm until 3pm.

Visitors are invited to meet the team behind recent repair and conservation works to the church, hear the peal of newly-restored medieval bells, and celebrate the reopening with tea and cake.

Experts will be on hand to explain more about this fascinating church, and the work of The Churches Conservation Trust, as well as offering information about how to volunteer to help the trust save precious historic churches for future generations.

The medieval Ayston Church dates from the 12th century.

The church has four bells, which will be rung from 12.30pm to hail the ancient patron saint St Edmund and celebrate the re-opening.