Several hundred people passed through the gates of St Mary’s Church on Saturday, and were treated to a day of exploration, inspiration and excitement.
Inside the church the atmosphere was vibrant. “it’s an amazing building”, announced one gentleman. the West End of the nave, Alex Kingswell’s ‘Let the Light Shine’ exhibition added a huge splash of colour to the room, while to the East End, the wooden Lace Market model, from Nottingham Trent University, was a real talking point.
Homemade cakes and drinks kept visitors refreshed, while brass rubbings provided a unique entertainment that some had “never actually seen being done before.” Amongst all of this was the constant conversations amongst visitors and volunteers that added to the atmosphere of the day.
Over 120 people took the opportunity to explore our tower and take in the unparalleled view from the top. We were fortunate to have fantastic weather, adding even more charm to this unique opportunity and creating a positive response from visitors. One visitor noted that “every time people came down, they had smiles on their faces. Nobody came down disappointed.”
Visitors were even treated to a bell ringing demonstration, and some couldn’t resist taking their hands away from their ears to listen. “It was magical”, declared one lady. “When they demonstrated and said ‘put your fingers in your ears’ I didn’t, and it just penetrates through you.”
Outside, the Teddy Bear Zip Wire drew a lot of attention from younger and older visitors alike. Children watched, almost transfixed, as their toys were hoisted up to the roof, and waited with great anticipation for their release back down the wire. One excited young boy couldn’t contain his excitement when his rabbit “just went so fast” on its return to the ground.
What helped make the day such a success was the help of all the volunteers on the day and behind the scenes in the buildup. Without their work and commitment, the day could not have happened, and St Mary’s expresses a huge thank you to all those who gave their time to help in some way.