On Saturday, September 9th, 2017 St Peter’s, Bekesbourne, will be open from 10am to 4pm as part of the Heritage Open Days festival of history and culture – see https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk for other local events.

This is an opportunity to explore the church and its tranquil churchyard with the help of the CFDAS church recorders who created the Bekesbourne Church Record. On display will be photographs from the extensive village archive including a set of imagesĀ of weddings through the ages illustrating how the costumes and practices have changed. Our earliest wedding photograph dates from 1896.

Join one of the churchyard guided tours which will tell the stories of some of the people buried here; use the grave maps to find your own family members; follow the self-guided churchyard trail and take one home to read at leisure and use another day.

There will be children’s activities including a Churchyard Challenge.

The bells will ring out and there will be a chance for all ‘to have a go’.

There will be refreshments on sale throughout the day.