Meeting to start Friends of St Clement’s

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ST Clement’s Church at Outwell is holding “An Evening with Demons” on September 19 at 7.30pm.

There will be a talk by Dr Claire Daunton on the origin and significance of the rare demon carvings discovered at the church earlier this year.

There will also be an introduction by Kate Jackson to the new Friends group. The evening includes the first steps in establishing the Friends of St Clement’s - an organisation which aims to bring new life into the church and village.

The formation of the Friends has been triggered by the discovery of a series of carvings in the nave of the medieval church which have caused both local and international interest.

Money is needed to restore the carvings and for some restoration work in the church.

It is hoped funds might be available from English Heritage and a local person has already pledged a donation towards the works.

The aim of the Friends is to draw up a development plan and raise funds.

The aims also include developing the church as a focal point for the community.

This has already started with the Tuesday Coffee Shop which is proving popular with locals and visitors.

The Friends will be involved with fundraising and working in consultation with the church authorities on drawing up a development plan.

The 12 carvings of demons were discovered in the roof of the nave earlier this year by Dr Daunton, a historian at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, who was studying unique stained glass in the church at the time.

Because of the light, the carvings are almost impossible to see clearly but Dr Daunton suspected they were extraordinary early 15th century with the demons apparently overcoming each of the smaller apostles.