Events Diary

Sep
27
Fri
PROGRAMME for THE STONES OF IFFLEY, a 3-day feast of talks, walks and stone-carving. @ Iffley Church and Church Hall
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – Sep 29 @ 5:45 pm

A CELEBRATION OF THE BUILDERS AND SCULPTORS WHO CREATED

THE CHURCH OF ST MARY THE VIRGIN, IFFLEY

850 YEARS AGO

The construction of St Mary’s Church, Iffley, began more than 150 million years ago. The limestone of which it is built was formed during the Jurassic Period. It is composed of the remains of living creatures and plants: oysters, ammonites, scallops, sea urchins, corrals, algae and the roots of swamp plants. Look closely and you can see shell fragments buried in some of these ‘living stones’ with your naked eye. Our church is built from creatures who were alive when Oxfordshire lay near the equator and was washed by the waves of the sea.

 

 

       Carvings around Iffley Church

 

 

 

PROGRAMME

Friday 27 September

10.00-12.00, at Iffley Church and Churchyard, The Stones of Iffley Church and Graveyard, explained by geologist, Philip Powell. Tickets £10. Numbers limited, please book in advance.

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14.00-19.00, at Sculptor’s studio, Cumnor, START OF STONE-CARVING COURSE. Places on the course are limited. Cost £175 includes entry to all events taking place during the weekend.

SOLD OUT. To join the waiting list please contact ptyack.livingstones@gmail.com

14.00-19.00 Visit to stone-carver’s studio. Visitors are welcome to drop in and see round the studio with Alex Wenham, stone-carver. Tickets £10. Numbers limited, please book in advance.

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Saturday 28 September

ALL DAY in the Churchyard at Iffley Church. STONE-CARVING COURSE with tutors: Alex Wenham, Richard Martin, Royse Murphy, Maya Martin

09.30-10.30, A close look at Iffley’s sculptures with professional stone carvers. Tickets £10. Numbers limited, please book in advance.

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7.30-9.00 pm in Iffley Church Hall, Talk on conservation of historic stonework, Alex Wenham and Richard Martin. Tickets £10. Numbers limited, please book in advance.

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Sunday 29 September

ALL DAY in the Churchyard at Iffley Church. STONE-CARVING COURSE.

2.00-3.30 Walking tour of stonework in Oxford, Geoffrey Tyack, architectural historian, Philip Powell, geologist. Starts and finishes at the University Museum, Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PW. Tickets £10. Numbers limited, please book in advance.

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3.30-4.15 in Iffley Church Hall, Exhibition of work by stone-carving course participants.

Tea

4.30-5.30 in Iffley Church Hall, ‘God’s carvings: my work as a sculptor’, Talk by Nicholas Mynheer. Tickets £10. Numbers limited, please book in advance.

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As we discover The Stones of Iffley over the last weekend in September, we will

  • glimpse fossilised organisms with Philip Powell, geologist, and learn about the mind-bending processes that formed our church’s stones;
  • look closely at the stonework of the church, learning how it was carved, how it has survived so long, how we can look after it and – not least – what it may have meant to Iffley’s worshippers when it was new;
  • appreciate the skills of the stone-carvers who worked here 850 years ago. We will learn from a team of modern-day professionals using tools that are almost identical to those used by their 12th century predecessors;
  • explore ways in which stone has been used historically in buildings in Oxford, and in Iffley where contemporary sculptor, Nicholas Mynheer, has created our beautiful aumbry.

At the heart of the programme will be a STONE-CARVING COURSE. This is for complete beginners as well as people with some previous experience. Tutors on the course are stone-carvers Alex Wenham, Richard Martin, Royse Murphy and Maya Martin. The 850-year-old hand-carved sculptures on Iffley Church will be our inspiration. Soft limestone, basic hand tools and expert teaching will be provided. A small group of 8 students will be introduced to the world of stone-carving at Alex Wenham’s studio in Cumnor on Friday afternoon. On Saturday and Sunday they will work in the churchyard, creating a brand-new Romanesque arch, perhaps inspired by our extraordinary 12th-century beakhead carvings.

Visitors are welcome at all times to watch the course participants at work, and to immerse themselves in all the eye-opening activities that will be taking place over the STONES weekend.

Copy of 12C lion from Iffley Church by Royse Murphy 2017

Participation in the STONE-CARVING COURSE is for pre-booked applicants only, due to health and safety requirements. Fee for the whole 3-day course is £175.

Visitors are welcome to observe the students as they work on the stone-carving course free of charge. Pre-booking is recommended for all other events throughout the weekend as numbers are limited.  Tickets for single events £10.

BEFOREHAND

Saturday 21 September: Lecture by Tim Tatton-Brown on The architectural use of marble in medieval England to the Friends of St Mary’s. This will take place in Iffley Church Hall at 3pm.

AFTERWARDS

Alex Wenham will welcome participants in the stone-carving course to visit his workshop by arrangement during the week following the course. They will have the opportunity to continue their work. He will offer guidance, tools and workspace.

Richard Martin will mentor apprentices who have completed the 3-day course and wish to gain work experience with him with a view to embarking on a career in masonry and stone-carving.

Book online for all events

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/penny-tyack-19695758929

For events that have SOLD OUT, please contact Penny (below) to join the waiting list. For more information please contact

Penny Tyack, Activities Co-ordinator, Living Stones at Iffley

ptyack.livingstones@gmail.com

07813 692866

 

 

STONE-CARVING COURSE @ Iffley Church
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – Sep 29 @ 5:30 pm

At the heart of THE STONES OF IFFLEY weekend will be a STONE-CARVING COURSE. This is for complete beginners as well as people with some previous experience. Tutors on the course are stone-carvers Alex Wenham, Richard Martin, Royse Murphy and Maya Martin.

The 850-year-old hand-carved sculptures on Iffley Church will be our inspiration. Soft limestone, basic hand tools and expert teaching will be provided. Course participants will work together to create a brand-new Romanesque arch, perhaps inspired by our extraordinary 12th-century beakhead carvings.

 

The course participants are encouraged to meet at Iffley Church at 10.00 on Friday 27 September and join Philip Powell’s tour of the geology of the stone of the church are graveyard. They are welcome to take part in all the other events over the weekend. (See PROGRAMME)

The small group of 8 students will be introduced to the world of stone-carving at Alex Wenham’s studio in Cumnor on Friday afternoon. On Saturday the day will start with a close look at the sculptures on Iffley Church before getting to grips with stone, tools and bankers in the churchyard. On Sunday they will work in the churchyard, finishing by 3.30 when they will exhibit their (probably unfinished) arch and have tea.

Visitors are welcome at all times to watch the course participants at work, and to immerse themselves in all the eye-opening activities that will be taking place over the STONES weekend.

Participation in the STONE-CARVING COURSE is for pre-booked applicants only, due to health and safety requirements. Fee for the whole 3-day course is £175. Participants on the course have FREE entry to all other events taking place over the weekend.

 

The course is SOLD OUT. To join the waiting list, and for more information, please contact ptyack.livingstones@gmail.com

The Stones of Iffley Church, A Study of their Geology with Philip Powell @ St Mary's Church, Iffley
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Friday 27 September

The 3-day feast of talks, walks and stone-carving at St Mary’s Church, Iffley, will begin with an exploration with Philip Powell, geologist.

Philip will guide visitors around The Stones of Iffley Church and its Graveyard with the help of his collection of hand-lenses. He will highlight the characteristics of different types of stone. His enthusiasm for the wonders of the Juraissic era will infect visitors and help them learn how rock is formed, and how to recognise the typical components of limestone, sandstone and marble, and much more.

Philip Powell worked for 40 years as assistant curator of the geological collections at the University Museum of Natural History. His publications include The Geology of Oxfordshire and The Geology of Oxford Gravestones.

Tickets £10. Numbers limited, please book in advance.

Book online https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/penny-tyack-19695758929

START OF THE STONE-CARVING COURSE, and VISIT TO STONE-CARVER’S STUDIO @ Sandswood Farm
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Participants on the STONE-CARVING COURSE will meet the tutors, see the working environment of a stone-carver, and learn about stone, tools and safety. They will be encouraged to start designing their piece and, if time, to begin carving their own block of stone.

Each student will work with a wedge-shaped block of stone, specially prepared to form one of 9 voussoirs for a free-standing ‘Romanesque’ arch which will be exhibited – probably in an unfinished state – at the end of the weekend. Designs for each voussoir may be inspired by the carvings on Iffley Church, but participants will be free to work on original designs of their own. After the course the arch will be dismantled so that students can take their own block home. There will be opportunities after the course to complete any unfinished work. It is hoped that the 9 completed blocks will be reassembled in November (date tbc) for exhibition in Iffley Church.

Places on the course are SOLD OUT. Please contact ptyack.livingstones@gmail.com if you would like to join the waiting list. Cost for the Stone-Carving course £175.

 

VISITORS not embarking on the Stone-Carving course are welcome to see round Alex Wenham’s studio. Tickets £10. Numbers limited, please book in advance.

Sandswood Farm

Cumnor OX2 9QZ

Directions. If you’re coming down the A420 from Botley towards Swindon it’s a sharp turn off the dual carriageway immediately after the exit for Wootton and Cumnor.  Make sure to give plenty of notice to HGVs behind you(!)

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Sep
28
Sat
A close look at Iffley’s sculptures @ Iffley Church
Sep 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Look closely at the riot of Romanesque sculptures on St Mary’s Church, Iffley with stone carvers Alex Wenham and Richard Martin. They will consider what the craftsmen were actually doing here in 1160. Where were the quarries that the stone came from? How was it cut, shipped and worked by the craftsmen? Where had the master-craftsmen gained their skills? Who told them what to carve? What was the significance of the images to church-goers of the 12th century?

This event is open for visitors as well as for participants in the Stone-Carving course.

Tickets £10. Numbers limited, please book in advance.

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The Conservation of Historic Stonework, talks by Alex Wenham and Richard Martin @ Iffley Church Hall
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Alex Wenham is an architectural stone-carver and restorer based in Oxford. Right now two of his sculptures in plaster of Paris are outside the Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford as part of the ‘Tomorrow’s Oxford Heads’ exhibition celebrating the 350th anniversary of the creation of the original Sheldonian Theatre heads. He has restored some of the most prestigious buildings of both the UK and France, and has worked on stone buildings of every century from the eleventh to the twenty-first.

Richard Martin specialises in stone masonry, stone restoration, conservation and rope access. He is the Director of Heritage Stone Access. When – or preferably before – a pinnacle tumbles from the spire of a medieval building, Richard is the man who climbs up and fixes it. His charismatic personality must exert the same magnetism on stone as it does on young apprentices and adult audiences.

Alex and Richard will talk about their work. Although they work in very different ways, each has a profound and practical understanding of historic building and sculpture as well as a lively creative imagination and enormous physical stamina.

Tickets £10. Numbers limited, please book in advance.

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Sep
29
Sun
Walking tour of stonework in Oxford @ Oxford University of Natural Histotry
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This walking tour of building stone as used in Oxford is lead by Geoffrey Tyack, architectural historian, and Philip Powell, geologist. It starts and finishes at the University Museum, Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PW

Philip will focus on the glorious range of geological make-up of the different stones around Oxford and their durability (or otherwise). Geoffrey will point out the historical use of different building stones, decorative detail and the ways in which different stone is used to different effect. Both will comment on deterioration and replacement/ conservation. The walk will include the University Museum, Rhodes House, the Radcliffe Camera, Exeter College and Merton.

Please note that that the tour will take you to various locations in Oxford, and that you will be walking for about 90 minutes.

God’s Carvings: my Work as a Sculptor, a talk by Nicholas Mynheer @ Iffley Church Hall
Sep 29 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Nicholas Mynheer created the doorway for the aumbry in Iffley Church in 2012. The 13th century aumbry is a cupboard for the safe-keeping of the sacramental vessels. It is quietly guarded by two 21st-century angels. Light shines from within, indicating that the consecrated bread and wine lie ready for service: the eucharist can be taken at any time to the sick and infirm. This work conveys Nicholas Mynheer’s mystical approach to art and theology with characteristic simplicity.

Come in good time for this lecture! From 3.30 you will be able to see the almost-completed ‘Romanesque’ arch of stones carved by the participants in the stone-carving course, and there will be tea (FREE) in the Church Hall.

After the lecture you are warmly invited to attend the service of evensong in Iffley Church at 6.30