A rare opportunity to delve into the rural past of a Vale village is on offer next Saturday 9th September as part of the national Heritage Open Days celebrations.

Those that remain posterVisitors to the 12th century St. James’ church in Bishampton will be able to see displays about the village’s rich history and take part in tours of both the church spire and the village itself.

An exhibition by the local History Society (www.bishampton.org,uk) will include a dramatic visual display about Bishampton’s soldiers who served in World War 1 and the battles in which they fought, as part of the two year Heritage Lottery Funded project which also saw two books being produced.*

A guided tour of the village by a local expert will take place at 2.30pm, and a specially commissioned leaflet will be free on the day to enable visitors to make their own way around this pretty rural gem.

Two tours of the spire by volunteers from the Friends of St. James (http://fosj.no-ip.biz/)will also be taking place at 12-1pm and 2-3pm on the day to see the six bells* dating from 1690. cast by William Bagley, and have recently undergone some refurbishment.

Riders and Striders** from Worcestershire and Dudley dioceses, as well as other visitors, will be able to take advantage of the refreshments being provided on the day.

St. James’ Church has recently launched its own website which contains a wealth of information about the local church communities (www.bishamptonthrockmorton.co.uk )

For further information see www.heritageopendays.org.uk/events.