Church Study Day Saturday 14 August 2021

We are fortunate that the situation with the Coronavirus epidemic is such that we can run a Church Study Day this year. The visit, on Saturday, 14 August 2021, is to the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Higham Ferrers and its associated buildings of Archbishop Henry Chichele’s College and Bede House. This year marks the 600 years that have passed since the founding of the college and Bede House. To mark that event St. Mary’s Church has initiated the St. Mary’s 600 Appeal in which the Church hopes to raise £600,000 towards the costs of preserving the church and Bede House.

Once again, we are fortunate that Bruce Bailey FSA will be with us to speak as to the architectural and historical features of this important group of buildings.

The day will start at 11 a.m. when we arrive at the Bede House. We will then look at that, followed by the church exterior and the college. After a break for lunch, we will visit the interior of the church in the afternoon.

The Rev. Michelle Dalliston, the Interim Vicar, has very kindly agreed to see to it that tea and coffee (and possibly cake) are made available to us. Lunch will be at your own expense in one of the cafes or pubs in the town.

There is no charge for the Study Day, but it would be very much appreciated if those attending make a generous donation to the St. Mary’s 600 Appeal.

The booking form (link below) should be sent to me either by post or by email (

The last date for bookings is Saturday, 7 August.

Gareth Lugar-Mawson, Chairman-NHCT

Booking Form