It was ready, teddy, go! at church heritage fun day

Young representatives of Dundale School, Bishop Wood School and Tring School receiving this year's Youth Heritage Awards
Young representatives of Dundale School, Bishop Wood School and Tring School receiving this year's Youth Heritage Awards

Despite the changeable weather, the Friends of Tring Church Heritage’s annual fun day saw a healthy turnout this weekend and saw just over £4,100 added to the community group’s funds.

Between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, St Peter and St Paul’s Church on Tring High Street opened its doors to the public, all to raise awareness of the heritage group’s efforts to preserve the town landmark for future generations.

The Saturday event offered the chance to join or renew membership to Friends of Tring Church Heritage, which carries out and oversees remedial work to both the inside and outside of the building.

The day saw a host of activities for young and old, including charity stalls, tower tours, choral and instrumental performances and the ever-popular Teddy Tower Terror, now in its seventh year.

The crowds gathered to witness courageous cubs fly from the church tower and across the Cavern of Chaos to safety, where they each received a certificate of bravery.

Elsewhere, awards were being bestowed on younger members of the community. Recently, the heritage group invited local school children to contribute to the Open Church Information Project, which resulted in the production of 21 leaflets explaining different features of the church’s heritage and facilities.

Maisie Bradfield, 13, of Tring School, Jasmine Mayo, 11, of Dundale School and Eleanor Terrett, 10, of Bishop Wood School received certificates on behalf of their fellow pupils for outstanding contribution and research to the project.

The initiative has reportedly been successful in engaging the interest of visitors, as well as long-standing members of the church community.

For more information, visit www.fotch.co.uk.