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We are a small congregation who organised a highly successful 'William Byrd Festival' in May 2011 to celebrate the life and work of the village's Elizabethan composer, William Byrd (c.1540 - 1623). In 2012 we played host to the world-famous choir The Cardinall's Musick under their director Andrew Carwood.

This website contains everything you need to know about William Byrd and his links with Stondon Massey. The church is open for services, of course, and on the second Sunday afternoon in the month during the summer.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Interview on Phoenix FM

Interview on Phoenix FM

Local church members Bruce Hopking and Jan Macintosh were interviewed by Ed Wellman of Phoenix FM ahead of the Summer Sale, which was held at St Peter & St Paul Church, Stondon Massey, on 7 August.

Bruce described the scene and the need for additional funds. “The church was built by a Norman knight, Serlo de Marci, in about 1130. It would have been thatched originally and surrounded by timber built cottages all of which were abandoned and demolished about the time of the Black Death.

“Over the many years we have had to replace the roof tiles almost annually. The fixings holding the tiles to the battens were all failing. We had got an ongoing problem of possible damp coming in.

“We had the good fortune to have a legacy which gave us the opportunity to use it as the cornerstone for our funding. We built on that with donations from three funding bodies and generous gifts from parishioners – but we are still not 100% there.

“The tiles recommended by our architect David Ferguson – keymer shires – have a handmade look and are not exactly the same one to another. The roof, whilst bright fresh and new, blends with the older roof adjoining”.

Jan, the Churchwarden, added: “It is a lovely quiet place. The fact that when you walk into church it is something to know you are following a long line of worshippers here in Stondon Massey. By keeping the church in good repair it will be standing for many, many years to come”.

For the full interview go to: http://www.phoenixfm.com/story/4006.php

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