Step into the Vestry at St Peter & St Paul Stondon Massey and you step back to a time when Edward Reeve (1858 – 1936) was rector. It contains a collection of brass rubbings, a map of the village and two items given to him on the occasion of the William Byrd Tercentenary in 1923: a photograph copy of William Byrd’s will and a copy of G Vander Gucht’s engraving of the great composer with his mentor, Thomas Tallis. This short video was made with thanks to the current rector and churchwarden.
Two books on Byrd and Reeve will be launched on Sunday (1 May).
Visitors may view the Vestry on Sunday 8 May*, from 2.30 to 4.30pm, when the church is open for a general look round. Tea will be available too.
(* and every second Sunday in month from May to September)