Historic chalice is highlight of Thimbleby Church display

The scene inside the church at the  Heritage Day. Photo: Bob Wayne EMN-170325-163452001
The scene inside the church at the Heritage Day. Photo: Bob Wayne EMN-170325-163452001
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A silver chalice, donated by Queen Mary almost 500 years ago, was the centrepiece of a successful #Heritage Day at St Margaret’s Church in Thimbleby.

Visitors had an opportunity to update themselves on the situation regarding an on-going bid to restore the church spire - and also learn about the history of the village.

The church featured displays of historic photographs of Thimbleby, architects’ plans of the new spire and the church silver.

The highlight was the 16th century chalice donated by Queen Mary, who was married to King George V. The chalice is used for communion.

Trevor Oliver, from the East Midlands Earth Structures Society, gave a fascinating presentation on the development and history of village dwellings.

The irony is that the 19th century stone built church has severe structural problems, while Thimbleby’s mud and stud cottages - which are 200 years older - are still habitable!

The event was an part of the village’s bid for a £300,000 Heritage Lottery grant. The Rev John Parkin, one of the leading figures in the campaign, said: “Quite reasonably, the lottery needed to see evidence of community involvement. I think we can say the event was a great success, drawing not only the villagers but also friends and supporters from all over the county.”