A new lease of life for ‘Tin’ church

FOLLOWING Midhurst U3A’s annual meeting, members listened to a talk by the treasurer, Carol Brinson on furnishing the ‘Tin’ church at the Weald and Downland Museum.

The church built in a flat pack kit of timber frame and corrugated iron sheets supplied by Humphreys of Knightsbridge in 1908, was demolished in 1996, when the congregation at South Wonston near Winchester, grew too large and a new church was built.

The ‘Tin’ church was rebuilt behind the Market Square at the museum in 2011, complete with its green coloured corrugated iron sheets.

Carol who has had 40 years of involvement with the museum took on the project to find furnishings for the ‘Tin’ church.

Her shopping list included an altar, a cross, a font, a bell, a stove and a hymn board. She managed to obtain a pair of candlesticks from a local charity shop and on googling ‘church furnishings’ she came across a shop which sells antique church furnishings. Other items were made by craftsmen from the Weald and Downland Museum, bid for on E-Bay, or replicas were made.

The ‘Tin’ church is now cared for by volunteers. It is not consecrated as it is an exhibit at the museum.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, June 18. For more details about the U3A go to u3asites.org.uk/midhurst