We now have collected around £950 for the memorial bench proposed for June and Archie Laing; June, who died in the summer, had asked for donations to be given to the Ayot St Lawrence Festival Fund, of which she was Chair for many years. We are planning to put the bench in the village field, in front of the Palladian church. June worked for so many of the village organisations it was rather hard to decide where best to remember her, but this location overlooks the church which she strived to keep open; it links to the Ruined Church, the preservation of which she also organised and, of course, sits in the middle of the field which she, with others, purchased for the village. Donations are still open for this project; please contact us through this website.
We were very happy to be led in our service today by Jo Warwick, who reminded us about the lives of those from the village who died during the 2 world wars. He spoke about Major Eustace Crawley who lived in Ayot House and had an impressive sporting career; apparently just before he was killed in 1914 he spoke of his regret at the unlikelihood that he would be returning to Ayot for the Boxing Day Hunt....
Very happy to welcome Jonathan Smith (no, that's not him in the picture below..) to our church today for lunch in the church (thanks to all who helped, and particularly Carole for her delicious roast beef) and to show off our new loo and kitchenette. Still can't get over being able to turn a tap on in the church. Wonder what Revett would have said about our messing up the symmetry of his building; happily this can't be seen from the front. Would he have ever believed that his temple-in-a-field still be standing nearly 250 years later, let alone house a flushing loo - and a dishwasher? Looking forward to Jason Kelly's talk on Revett on December 4th @ 19.30 in the church. Do come!