Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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Group Outing to St Michael’s Church

St Michael's Church

For several years, in addition to Mapping, Transcribing, Research, Exhibitions and Open Days “all work and no play,” the Ryde Social Heritage Committee have arranged outings for the members to visit interesting, and sometimes unusual, locations in the Island.

On Saturday 1st October 2016, 26 members visited St. Michael & All Angels Church, Swanmore, Ryde. We were met by assistant curate Revd Jane Isaac who introduced us to the history of the church in a very interesting talk, and a guided tour dscn1147around the church and garden. Also assisting was Cath Alderman, sub-sacrist at Westminster Abbey, who gave us an interesting insight into the vestments and church embroidery that was on display.  Some people had arrived early for a talk on the bells and the climb to the top of the tower to enjoy splendid views.

Afterwards we enjoyed a delicious cream tea in the church hall provided by Karen Fowle, Christine and helpers.

Many thanks to all involved for being so welcoming and making it such a wonderful day for us.

 The friends of St. Michael’s Church are working hard to build a “working church” in Swanmore, to enable people of the area to be involved in the community and friendship of the church.



Photographs by David Bushell