Christ Church Autumn Fayre 2016

15th September 2016


‘… Like several things/places in Swindon and its environs, the church was celebrated by John Betjeman in ‘On hearing the full peal of ten bells from Christ Church, Swindon’, Wilts:

“Your peal of ten ring over then this town,

Ring on my men nor ever ring them down…”  and “Oh still white headstones on these fields of sound, Hear you the wedding joy-bells wheeling round?”

Read a bit more about Sir George Gilbert Scott’s Christ Church here:

Now to the purpose of this post:

The Sublime Christ Church Autumn Fayre

Hello lovely listeners  – a quick shout out for Christ Church’s autumn fayre – which, I have to say, is generally a very splendid affair.

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When: Saturday 17th September 12 noon to 4pm

Where: Christchurch in Old Town. #obvs


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Of particular note this year is that…

‘This year Dragon’s Den winners Sublime Science will be entertaining the children (and adults too) with their spectacular whizzy experiments, gooey slime, magic, smoke and fizzing potions as well as the odd flying rocket!

Delicious food outlets and live music from the superb Bill Bailey Jazz Band, vintage swing boats and traditional games from Hoopla to a Penalty Shoot Out, add to the fun in this FREE to enter event.’

Read more about it here:

Sublime Science

I’m not a fan of Dragon’s Den. Ergo I’d heard of Sublime Science. It looks pretty cool I must say.

Fans of handicrafts might be interested to see this lovely quilt being auctioned for TWIGS –

a quiet being held by two ladies

The quilt – isn’t it wonderful – is the work of Clare Kingslake. Clare is a Swindonian and an author of books on quilting.

There’ll be an exhibition of sewing crafts by the sewing bee group at the fayre.

George Gilbert Scot – the architect of Christ Church in Swindon:

Sir George Gilbert Scott RA (13 July 1811 – 27 March 1878), styled Sir Gilbert Scott, was a prolific English Gothic revival architect, chiefly associated with the design, building and renovation of churches and cathedrals, although he started his career as a leading designer of workhouses. Over 800 buildings were designed or altered by him.[1]

Scott was the architect of many iconic buildings, including the Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras Station, the Albert Memorial, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, all in London, St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, the main building of the University of GlasgowSt Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh and King’s College London Chapel.


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