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Elkstone Open Gardens - Sunday 23rd June

Organised and supported by villagers to raise funds for the upkeep of the local church and our Village Hall, Elkstone’s residents will warmly welcome you to this event which offers a unique opportunity to visit an historical Cotswold village and to see it in detail not normally accessible to the casual visitor. Amble through a selection of beautiful private gardens, enjoy cream teas, homemade cakes, or ice creams and buy plants from our plant stall.

The church, which is the highest in the Cotswolds, is known for its unusual dovecote above the chancel and its quite exceptional Norman arches in the chancel and sanctuary, bathed in golden light. It boasts a wonderful Norman tympanum above the south door. The bells, which date from 1657 to 1977, have recently been restored and will ring out to celebrate the day. They hang on a working medieval bell frame which has recently been identified as being of national historical significance. The Churn Valley Community Choir will also be singing in St John’s on the day, and you will be able to view a small exhibition of photographs in the church, which were taken during the recent Benefice pilgrimage to the Isle of Iona.



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