Air Cadets - artefacts sorted!
We were delighted to welcome RAF Air Cadets under Squadron Leader Mark Bird to the Church on the evening of Friday August 28th. They had agreed to help with the cleaning, sorting and cataloguing of the artefacts in the crypt.
On three trestle tables on the grass outside the church they worked with great keenness, commitment and good humour. For one and a half hours they helped in this important job. One table was sifting and sorting by colours the mosaic fragments from the chancel arches. The other 2 tables were doing the same for the tiles, and pieces of tiles. When cleaned the colours became beautiful and distinct.
What we will do with all these artefacts is something on which we will have to make a decision in due course, after consulting with Historic England and London Historic Buildings Trust. But the first task is to complete what the Aid Cadets have started. There is still a great deal to be done and we are hoping to recruit support not only through a return visit from the Air Cadets but also using the goodwill of Scouts and other youth groups.
A big Thank You to the cadets!