John Briggs Memorial Lecture – 27 September 2014

The John Briggs Memorial Lecture was given by Mrs Molly Poulter MA at All Saints Church, Ulcombe. A fascinating insight into the church building, its surroundings, its people through the ages and their contacts with national events. Many thanks, Molly.

Not quite symmetrical width outer windows

Not quite symmetrical width outer windows

The Treasure Hunt before the lecture was equally challenging and enjoyable. We learned that the oldest yew tree in he churchyard has been there for 2400 years. Some Friends found the mitred heads – hidden away in the north wall of the sanctuary – and there did seem to be some team effort in deciphering names of Lady Honoria Ford’s daughters remembered by floral carvings on the font.

Font with floral carvings

Font with floral carvings

A short organ recital was given by Dr Michael Alexander on Ulcombe’s special organ, designed and built by Roger Yates in 1962. If anyone has an opportunity to see and hear Michael play – go – we enjoyed a treat with an introduction to a range of styles, tempos and nationalities of composers including music composed for clocks.

Wall painting and top of war memorial

Wall painting and top of war memorial

This event was run by Ulcombe church and sponsored / publicised by the Friends of Kent Churches. Another treat was the afternoon tea – what a selection of cakes!