What's on at St Helen's Heritage?
In the light of government advice, both Church and Heritage Centre are currently closed and we have suspended all Heritage activities for the foreseeable future.
Online Craft Activities
In the meantime, we have devised some activities for you to be getting on with in the safety of your home during lockdown.
There is a First World War Memorial in the centre of our Garden of Remembrance, near the church door, but did you know that there are several war memorials inside the church as well? Here's some information about them. If you can't see them clearly on this page, click on the link to bring them up in a separate window.
Poppy Paper Plates
Our Remembrance activity shows how to make your own Poppy Paper Plate, to put up in your window as an act of remembrance. Even though we can't all come together in person this year, we can still remember together.
In celebration of Harvest Festival, we've been researching some of the beautiful carvings in St Helen's Church. Did you know that we have carvings by one of the most famous wood carvers of his era - Grinling Gibbons? He also carved in stone and our example of his work is the carving around a memorial to Theophilus Hastings, the 7th Earl of Huntingdon, in our Hastings Chapel. Here's a photograph of the memorial. Click on the link above to see more examples of his work.
Have you seen our wonderful heraldic shields surrounding the West Door of St Helen’s? Our favourites are the Maunch and the Toads but if you had a coat of arms what would it be? Try making your own using our easy craft sheet as a guide. We've put the instructions on this page, or you can download them here
We'd love to see your creations so please share them with us on our Facebook and Instagram pages!
It's June 24th, the weather is lovely and our church mice have been on tour in the churchyard. Click on the link to see what Kevin Mouse
has to say, then try our mouse trail
around the churchyard. There's a sheet of clues
in case you get stuck!
We've a craft that you can do indoors or out this week. Why not try some rock painting
and spread a little hope, love and cheer around our lovely town? See if you can spot the painted stones hidden around the churchyard and send us pictures of your paintings. Rock on and stay safe!
Click on the image below for ideas on how to decorate your stones.
Stained Glass Windows
How about designing your own Stained Glass Window like those in our beautiful church? Click here
for a template.
If you're looking for more window inspiration, check out our tour of the windows of St Helen's on YouTube by following this link. The videos were created for us by Rali Studios.
What have Marmaduke & Marjory Mouse
been up to whilst the Church has been closed?
It's National Gardening Week! Why not plant some seedlings
at home using our simple 'how to' guide?
Great British Bunting - make your own custom VE Day 75th bunting for your windows!
Click on the link for a template, then decorate it with pictures of whatever inspires you.