SPRING LECTURE – our first event for 2020
Wednesday 18th March at Lenham Community Centre at 2.30pm followed by tea.
Seventeen Churches – the Churches Conservation Trust in Kent by John Vigar.
The Churches Conservation Trust cares for seventeen Kent churches which will be explored in this talk. They could not be more varied in terms of their architecture or location – from town centre churches with a civic history to farmyard churches that have never had the benefit of a village. In the course of talking about the buildings this presentation will look at why these churches became redundant and how, through the ups and downs of the redundancy procedure, they eventually came to be saved for the nation.
John Vigar is already well known to many of us especially through his Kent churches website and books which have sold over 40,000 copies. He has worked as an ecclesiastical historian for over 40 years and his regular day tours of Kent churches are always over-subscribed. For a decade he was Development Manager in south east England for the Churches Conservation Trust, with care for 38 redundant churches. He is a Trustee of the Friends of Friendless Churches, member of the Academic Board of the Centre for Parish Church Studies and an Arts Society accredited lecturer. In his spare time he has visited over 13,000 churches in England and Wales.