Radley History Club logo Exhibition at Radley Church, 1-2 October 2016

'Fascinating', 'excellent', 'informative' and 'very interesting' are words that crop up time and time again in the comments in the visitors' book at Radley History Club's exhibition on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2016.
Wonderful exhibition - so much we didn't know. Thank you History Club.

What a fantastic display and I found out something I didn't know about my grandfather.

Some 150 people visited the exhibition at Radley Parish Church to mark the publication of the Club's new book, St James the Great, Radley: The Story of a Village Church. The pews and chairs were cleared away to the sides of the church to create a welcoming space containing a series of displays based on various aspects of the Church and its history.

View of the exhibition from the west balcony
View of the exhibition from the chancel
Topics covered by displays included:
  • Parish boundary
  • Origins and buildings
  • Patrons of Radley Church
  • Inside the Church
  • Clergy who have served Radley Church
  • The churchyard and cemeteries
  • The life of the Church today
  • Radley’s bells
  • Radley Church Choir

A timeline from 600 to 2016, which compared events in Radley with linked events in the wider world, attracted particular interest.

Display on the origins and buildings
Display on the clergy who have served Radley Church
The exhibition was opened on the Saturday morning by Revd Pam McKellen who was presented by Club chairman, Richard Dudding, with a copy of the book signed by all the authors. On both days Radley Church’s bell-ringing team rang a short peal before the exhibition opened.
Revd Pam McKellen is presented with a signed copy of the new book by Club chairman, Richard Dudding Radley Church's team of bellringers ring a peal before the exhibition opened Visitors study the displays at the exhibition

Floral arrangements around the Church illustrated key aspects of the life of a village church – baptism, wedding, bereavement, remembrance and harvest festival. Adding further colour were the Sunday School banner and banners dating back to the late 19th century belonging to the Mothers’ Union in Radley and the Girls’ Friendly Society.

Girls' Friendly Society banner Sunday School banner Mothers' Union banner
Refreshments were kindly provided in the adjourning Church Room by Radley Women’s Institute.
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