Environmental Study – Nov 2016

Environmental Study – Nov 2016

Analysis of the environment in and outside the building.

Tobit Curteis Associates have been commissioned to undertake an environment study of the church building. This study is critical for taking Project St. Mary’s forward. Understanding the environmental conditions in and around the building will be a key input to planning conservation activities.

This study is part of the 100 National Treasures  initiative from the Church of England that will help us conserve the wonderful wall-paintings in the church.

Tobit Curteis and one of his colleagues visited the church on 21st November 2016 to take measurements and seek evidence for their report.

The report is due in early 2017

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Impact on Heating system choice

This environmental study will provide information that will help drive a decision for a new heating system. There are many choices for a modern heating system to upgrade the current old radiators. But the decision is not simple because there several conflicting requirements:

  • how to keep people warm
  • how to keep the costs of heating low
  • how to protect our wonderful artefacts from further damaged
  • how to help reduce damp









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York Nativity Play 2016 – 60th Year

York Nativity Play 2016  – 60th Year

Aldermaston’s York Nativity Play for the 60th consecutive year.

Aldermaston’s York Nativity Play is a wonderful way to start the festive season – a glimpse of the past devoid of commercialism.

The atmosphere generated by the play comes from the medieval styled costumes, the medieval acapella music and the medieval text, all set in the medieval church of St. Mary the Virgin.

The York Nativity Play was created in 1957 for Aldermaston by local resident and teacher, Pat Eastop, with the then vicar Reverend Stanley Young. The play is the adaptation by E. Martin Browne of the Christmas stories from the York Mystery Cycle. The York Mystery Cycle were revived in York for the Festival of Britain in 1951 after 400 years,

Pat Eastop was inspirational in directing many generations in this play over 57 years until 2013. Pat’s legacy to the community has been passed on to the current performers and backstage teams to take forward for future generations.

Pat Eastop’s own inspiration were the renaissance pictures of the Nativity, by the likes of Fra Angelico and other 15th century painters. Pat used these to design the tableau scenes to tell the story of that 1st Christmas.

Although tickets are free there is an exit collection for two causes: The Children’s Society and the restoration fund of the church.

Project St Mary’s is coordinating the plans and spending of the restoration fund.

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