Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Medieval fun in Combe Martin

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 September 2012

The Devon Medieval Combat Alliance will be putting on a live show in Combe Martin on Saturday as part of heritage events celebrating ther restoration of the medieval church roodscreen.

The Devon Medieval Combat Alliance will be putting on a live show in Combe Martin on Saturday as part of heritage events celebrating ther restoration of the medieval church roodscreen.

Archant

Weekend of events to celebrate church roodscreen restoration includes mock battles, living history re-enactments and tours.

THE clashing of swords and the sounds of battle will drift across Combe Martin this Saturday as the parish church celebrates its medieval heritage.

Following a four year conservation project of its medieval roodscreen at a cost of £93,000, the church of St Peter Ad Vincula is holding two days of heritage celebration events this Saturday and Sunday.

One of the highlights will be the live action mêlée of the Devon Medieval Combat Alliance, who will do ‘Battle Afoot’ at 2pm on the Bowling Green.

From 10am-5pm people can meet the artisans of Past Present Live Interpretation, with a shoemaker, seamstress, weaver, clothier, spinner, scrivener, cook, fletcher and painter showing just what life was like when the roodscreen was built.

The rare 500-year-old screen and its 23 paintings of the saints has been lovingly restored following grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Sainsbury Headley Trust and Devon Historic Churches Trust.

Other events on the Saturday include birds of prey from North Devon Falconry on Adam’s Hay and a chance to meet the ‘Reverend Jack Longfield’ - alias Rev Christopher Tull - and buy his books on life as a parish priest in rural Devon in the past 50 years.

On Sunday between 2-4pm there will be guided tours of the church and roodscreen, plus the opportunity to climb the tower and search out the medieval view of Combe Martin.

On Saturday, October 20 there will be a rededication service of the roodscreen conducted by Reverend Christopher Hewetson plus a free concert of medieval music by the Daughters of Elvin.

0 comments

Other News Stories

16:00

Film produced to showcase North Devon becomes huge online hit.

Read more

Our reporters took on the challenge to see who could demolish the monstrous Easter-inspired freakshake at Tooters in Barnstaple first - watch and find out who won here.

Read more
13:38

Ilfracombe’s latest nightspot opens its doors this Friday night – will you try the Flying V?

Read more

Channel 4 programme My Kitchen Rules is looking for couples in North Devon who want to showcase their culinary skills to win £10,000.

Read more

Ilfracombe’s harbour master says the work, which started in November, have provided an exceptional new viewing area for the statue

Read more

The deadline for voting in the elections on May 4 is looming - make sure you’re registered to vote in time.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:13

Barnstaple Library will also be gaining new digital equipment and providing training and workshops on creative writing and digital content creation.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:35

Aaron Eastman will attempt to earn the Expert Field Medical Badge at a competition in Germany

Read more
Yesterday, 13:16

Tuesday night’s meeting in Barnstaple saw Dr Alison Diamond from Northern Devon Healthcare Trust quizzed about the health service review

Read more
Yesterday, 12:23

The Taw View Extra store has teamed up with Barnstaple Dementia Action Alliance and the town’s mayor to help become more dementia friendly.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications