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Free lecture on May 15 - "Why do church buildings still have such a pull on people?"??

Graeme KnowelsOn Thursday 15 May, at St Andrew’s church in Hatfield Peverel, at 8.15 pm Graeme Knowles will speak about the enduring role of church buildings in landscape and community and look at the way they represent continuity in a fast-changing society.

This free lecture, in the annual Gepp lecture series, will be given by the Rt Revd Graeme Knowles CVO, formerly Bishop of Sodor and Man and Dean of St Paul’s.

It will follow the Annual General Meeting of The Friends of Essex Churches Trust at 7.15 pm and refreshments from 7.45 pm.

Non-members of The Friends of Essex Churches Trust are welcome to attend.

Please email for further information and to reserve your place.

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The postcode of St Andrew's, Hatfield Peverel, is CM3 2LE.

Using the words of poets such as T S Eliot, Sir John Betjeman and Longfellow amongst others, Graeme Knowles in his Gepp Lecture 2014 seeks to establish why our built eccelesiastical heritage still has such a pull on us as human beings.

He looks into the part our churches play in landscape, community and in the way that they represent continuity in a fast changing society.

Graeme Knowles was a Diocesan Advisory Committee Chair in the 1980s in Portsmouth. Elected to the Council for the Care of Churches, he went on to become vice-chairman and then chairman, seeing the council through into its present form, the Church Buildings Council. A member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society almost from its foundation, he has also been an archdeacon, a cathedral dean and a diocesan bishop.

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