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Village of North Bovey launches 'mini Glyndebourne" in battle to save medieval church

PUBLISHED: 10:04 17 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:49 28 February 2013

Village of North Bovey launches ‘mini Glyndebourne” in battle to save medieval church

Village of North Bovey launches ‘mini Glyndebourne” in battle to save medieval church

Villagers battling to save their 13th century Dartmoor church from ruin are staging a "mini Glyndebourne" in an effort to raise money to repair it.

Villagers battling to save their 13thcentury Dartmoor church from ruin are staging a mini Glyndebourne in an effort to raise money to repair it.

The 200 parishioners of the thatched village of North Bovey, near Moretonhampstead, urgently need to raise more than 70,000 to replace the roof and repair the stonework and stained glass windows of Grade 1-listed St Johns.

Music For A Summer Evening will be staged by a group of five wind musicians, Quintessentially Wind, from the Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra, who have volunteered to play for the evening.

Organiser Dai Jenkins said: Like many rural churches, ours isn't used to its full potential, so we wanted to come up with an original way to use this lovely old building.

St Johns is famed for its 13thcentury chancel and rood screen one of only a few that remain in Devon.

Fellow organiser John Williams said that inspiration for the event came when one of the musicians, Clive Evans, came to stay in the village.

He has been coming here for about 15 years on holiday, so he knew the problems we have with the upkeep of the church and he kindly offered to put on a performance. The vision is that it will be a small-scale Glyndebourne, where people can come and have a picnic in the church yard or on the village green.

Clive Evans, from the wind quintet. said:We were only too pleased to help out. Its a tough job maintaining a church, particularly with a very small congregation. It is part of the heritage of Dartmoor, but if no-one looks after it, it will fall into disrepair and we wont have it.

Quintessentially Wind will be playing a variety of tunes from Mozart, Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, the Charleston, and medleys of popular tunes.

Some will be serious and contemplative, some will be lively, added Clive.

Villagers are staging other fund-raising events for the church, including regular talks about Dartmoor. Another concert is planned for next year.

Music for a Summer Evening will take place on Saturday, July 24that 7pm. Visitors are welcome to have picnics in the churchyard or on the village green beforehand. Tickets cost 10- call01647 440283 to book.


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