Members of the public had a go at stonework while learning about the progress of the restoration project at St Mary’s Church in Adderbury today (Tuesday, August 28).
Contractor Stone Edge is currently rebuilding the church’s badly-damaged eastern parapet and repairing a number of other parts of the church.
Expert stonemasons showed visitors how to point and chisel stone, including vicar Rev Stephen Fletcher, to engage the community in the project.
“It went very well, there was quite a crowd in the end and a steady flow of people came through,” he said.
“It’s a tremendous building St Mary’s Church, a great asset to our community and nationally recognised as being significant.
“You walk by and take it for granted so to get some hands-on experience of how it’s being preserved was a real opportunity for people.”
Mr Fletcher thanked the Heritage Lottery Fund for helping to organise the event, as the money raised by lottery players contributed £290,400 to the £400,000 project.
School children will also get to ‘have a go’ and learn about the 800-year-old building and the restoration project on September 11.