Easter fundraiser starts special year for Magdalen church

Book sale at Magdalen church in aid of church funds, ANL-160327-112408009

Book sale at Magdalen church in aid of church funds, ANL-160327-112408009

Villagers have begun an anniversary year for their parish church by raising hundreds of pounds towards the ongoing maintenance of the building.

Hundreds of visitors attended a book sale, cream teas and an Easter egg hunt at the St Mary Magdalene Church in Magdalen on Saturday.

Book sale at Magdalen church in aid of church funds, ANL-160327-112456009

Book sale at Magdalen church in aid of church funds, ANL-160327-112456009

Church warden Alan Sherfield said 27 youngsters had taken part in the egg hunt.

He added: “It all went very well indeed with about £350 raised. A lot of people stayed for teas after. We had a friendly and very welcoming atmosphere.”

The event marked the start of a celebratory year for the church, which this year marks 670 years since the village was granted a charter for a church by King Edward III in 1346.

The money raised at the weekend will be put towards towards the restoration of a George III coat of arms and general maintenance of the medieval church building.

Book sale at Magdalen church in aid of church funds, ANL-160327-112420009

Book sale at Magdalen church in aid of church funds, ANL-160327-112420009

The anniversary will be celebrated further at a charter fair in the church grounds on July 23, the day after St Mary Magdalene Day.

Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen - the church of St Mary Magdalene. ENGANL00120130514094536

Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen - the church of St Mary Magdalene. ENGANL00120130514094536