Festival to help maintain historic church in Dunchurch

The festival runs from June 6 to June 8 in Dunchurch
The festival runs from June 6 to June 8 in Dunchurch

Villagers are staging a lively festival in Dunchurch to raise much-needed funds for St Peter’s church.

The event runs from Friday June 6 to Sunday June 8. There will be stalls, displays, homemade cakes and refreshments throughout - in addition to a varied musical programme.

There will be a fish-and-chip supper with folk group Three Men in A Boat at 7pm on Friday. Tickets cost £10.

Children’s activities run from 10am on the Saturday with teddy bears being parachuted from the church tower at 2pm, launched by MP Jeremy Wright. The Royal Navy Choir will sing at the church from 7.30pm on the Saturday, with wine and canapes served/ Tickets cost £10.

And on the Sunday, the church hosts a Festival Songs of Praise with the Bishop of Warwick at 10.30am.

Visit www.stpeters-dunchurch.org or contact Chris Sarson on 01926 632408. The festival is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A fundraising drive was launched last year after the church was found to be in need of repairs costing £200,000.

Much of St Peter’s was built by the monks of Pipewell in the 14th century after the original had burned down. Pipewell was a Roman Catholic Cistercian abbey near Kettering which owned lands and property in Warwickshire. St Peter’s was appropriated in 1175 and owned by the monks until the Dissolution of the Monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII.