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Abbey hopes to see some new faces
10:26am Friday 14th September 2012 in Romsey
Romsey Abbey will be buzzing with activities of all sorts when it throws open its doors for an open day entitled “Come and See” tomorrow (Saturday), between 10.30am and 3.30pm.
There will be a special emphasis on explaining to children and young families how the church works.
Children can bring their teddies and learn about weddings or take part in “baptising” a teddy. Youngsters can also send a prayer to heaven with the help of a giant dove.
The bell tower will be open for tours (priced £3 for adults and £1.50 for 8-16 year olds). Bell-ringing can be watched by video link in St Lawrence’s Chapel, or visitors can try their hands on a mobile bell-frame or handbells. Craft activities on offer will include brass-rubbing, bracelet-making and knitting. The video team will be explaining what they do and encouraging people to have go on the video mixing desk. A special feature this year is a whole range of science activities on the theme of light. The choirs of the Abbey and Abbey Primary School and also the Abbey Youth Orchestra will be performing at lunchtime.
“We do hope that lots of children and young families will come along to see the Abbey, as they may never have seen it before” said the vicar, the Rev. Tim Sledge. “There really is something for everyone. Admission and most activities are free of charge. Do ‘Come and See’ what is happening”.