On Thursday, the 16th of May we had a very interesting afternoon in a special part of Cornwall. We met at St Kew which is a magnificent medieval church with a great feeling of space and tranquility. We were warmly welcomed by Jim Godden who shared some of his local knowledge and stories highlighting the importance of St Kew in the past. We were also fortunate to have Jo Mattingley and Michael Swift with us and they gave an informative talk on the Church. The beautiful Wagon roof still has wonderful carved angels above the main aisle. Approximately 12 years ago the superb medieval stained glass window, showing the story of Christ’s Passion was restored and we were able to appreciate this great piece of work, both the original work and the excellent restoration.
A short drive then took us to St Mabyn, where the Grade I listed, 15th century church is very much in the centre of the village. There was a contrast to St Kew as soon as you walked in with three aisles and a much lower ceiling. Some interesting carving on the columns was highlighted to us showing links to local families. The tower of St Mabyn was also of note being 85 feet high. Michael Swift pointed out the mystery window which inspite of much research has not been attributed to a particular craftsperson which is most unusual.
We had a most enjoyable afternoon concluding with tea served from the super new kitchenette. All members are warmly welcomed to these visits and it was lovely to see everyone this year and hope that 2020 we will be seeing you all again together with any friends who could not make it this year.