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Visit to Radley Church – Monday 8th August 2016
Around 50 members and guests enjoyed an evening tour of St James the Great, Radley, on a pleasant summer’s evening, followed by refreshments in the vicarage garden. The Church is probably the oldest building in the village, while Radley Vicarage is possibly the oldest building in the country to have been in continuous use as the home of a church's incumbent.

After a short introduction to the Church building by Club chairman, Richard Dudding, people split into two groups for separate tours of the churchyard with Rita and Brian Ford or the interior of the Church with Felicity Henderson and Revd Pam McKellen (vicar of the benefice of Radley, Sunningwell and Kennington). The groups swapped tours before everyone moved to the front garden of the vicarage to listen to a short introduction to the vicarage exterior by Richard Dudding. Cheese and wine or an elderflower cup in the back garden of the vicarage rounded off the evening.

All the tour leaders had contributed chapters to Radley History Club’s forthcoming book, St James the Great, Radley: The Story of a Village Church. The visit acted as a ‘taster’ for the book, which will go on sale, price £12.00, at an exhibition in the Church on 1–2 October.
St James the Great, Radley
The school house is in the background as Richard Dudding talks about the church building The church and vicarage can be seen in the background as Richard Dudding talks about the church building
Richard Dudding gives a short introduction to the church building, with in the background the school house (left) and the church and vicarage (right)
Pam McKellen talks about the interior of the church Felicity Henderson talks about the church interior
Pam McKellen (left) and Felicity Henderson (right) talk about the interior of the Church
Rita and Brian Ford lead the tour of the churchyard Rita and Brian Ford talk about the Cavalier's tomb in Radley churchyard
Rita and Brian Ford talk about some of the interesting graves in the churchyard. The Cavalier's tomb is seen in the right-hand photo.
The group assemble in front of Radley Vicarage Richard Dudding talks about the exterior of Radley Vicarage
Richard Dudding tallks about the exterior of Radley Vicarage

 

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