An Award for Chris Stephens

(Above: the Project's Chris Stephens (right) receives an award certificate from Lloyd Grossman in recognition of the work he carries out at All Saints' Church and other Leicestershire churches on behalf of The Churches Conservation Trust.)

"Now who would pray in a church like this ?" – a variation of a once-famous catchphrase which could have been used by TV celebrity Loyd Grossman this week during his tour of Leicestershire and Rutland's historic churches.

Loyd, best-known for programmes such as Through The Keyhole and Masterchef, is also chairman of The Churches Conservation Trust, a charity which protects important historic churches in the UK.

He headed a group of trustees on a two-day tour of some of the sites which make up the trust's estate in this area.

These included All Saints in Highcross Street, Leicester; St Peter's in Allexton; St Mary Magdelene in Stapleford; St Michael and All Angels in Edmondthorpe and St Mary the Virgin in Ayston, Rutland.

He said: "These important buildings encapsulate the history of a community and the nation over several centuries.

"Where else can a visitor go and see personal histories inscribed on monuments and reflections of political, social and religious change writ large on the building ?"

During his visit, Loyd presented certificates to long serving and dedicated volunteers and thanked them for their efforts both carrying out physical conservation work and in fund-raising.

Note: The original article appeared in the Leicester Mercury on 22 May 2014. To read the online article then please click here. The Project does not claim any ownership or other rights over the article or the image in the article.

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