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Lottery Funding for St John the Baptist

Earl Howe and the Reverend John Simpson

The Parish Church of St John the Baptist is being supported by the National Lottery grant’s Heritage Lottery Fund for its Christopher Project, which aims to clean, protect and conserve a series of ancient wall paintings, which have been described as an “exceptional ensemble of paintings of different periods and certainly of national importance” by the Courtauld Institute of Art.

The church will receive £305,000 for the project, which will also see the installation of new lighting, plaster repairs, the limewashing of the walls, and improved environmental controls, all designed to “maximise the presentation of the paintings and to ensure their long-term conservation”, plus the creation of an information and education area for visitors.

Earl Howe, Minister of State for Defence and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, who is patron of the church and project, said it would give existing church visitors “opportunities for deeper engagement with the wall paintings and church heritage”.

He added that the project would also attract new audiences, such as schools, families and young people.

(This news item courtesy of The Bucks Free Press. Click here for the full article and photographs. Click here for the Newspaper's Homepage)

 

A Bit of Fun with Midsomer Murders

Actress Jane Wymark (who played Joyce Barnaby in the popular TV series) talks to the Reverend John Simpson about the day Mark Gatiss set fire to his beautiful church!

Click here to find out what happened...

 

2016 Festival Outstandingly Successful

                                        

The 57th Little Missenden Festival (7-16 October, 2016) was outstandingly successful. We were delighted to achieve the second highest level of ticket sales in the Festival's history.

We’d like to thank the artists, volunteers and in particular, audiences, who made the Festival so memorable. 

From Rose Tremain’s talk about her life and work as a novelist to the Ligeti Quartet’s world premiere of Laura Jurd’s new composition Jump Cut Shuffle (click here for her description of the piece), we were treated to outstanding performances from some of the most talented and respected artists within their respective genres.

 

Helping the Festival

Being a completely volunteer-run organisation we’re always needing offers of help.  We could do with some people we can call on for a few hours’ work now and again, and others who can make a bigger time commitment.  We have some tasks that involve skills and others that don’t.  Please contact us to discuss ways in which you might be able to help.  Click here for a list of things that need doing.