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Chipping and carving

08 August 2014

IF YOU fancy trying your hand at a little stone-carving, the place to go this summer is Polesworth Abbey, in the north of Birmingham diocese. From Wednesday to Saturday each week, a stone-carver, Mark Thompson, will be working on carving an angel for the abbey, and is offering tools and stone for grown-ups and young adults to try their hand.

The Vicar, the Revd Philip Wells, says that there are many exhibits, and people can carve their names in stone. "Lots of people have already visited. You'll see the stones with others' names carved, and more adventurous attempts, among them an owl [in photo] and stone head carving."

The angel that Mr Thompson is working on is inspired by the writings of William Blake, Mr Wells tells me. "The abbey has a rich tradition of links to famous writers, including John Donne, Michael Drayton, and less known pre-Reformation writers." The carving project, Chip Shop and Carvery, "follows on from three years of very successful community archaeology, where lots of local people have engaged with the heritage of the abbey site, discovering the remains of previous buildings".

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