HHCT Chairman, David Furnival, was joined by friends and Trust members at the HHCT tent on Sunday. Erection of the new tent did not proceed as planned on Saturday when a sudden gust of wind took it and tried to blow it into the city centre. It was caught in time, resulting in a broken leg – fortunately only to the tent and not to any of the riggers (the Chairman and his wife…) All was not lost however, as the tent remained upright during the night and the following day for the duration of the fair, and can now be repaired.

The day of the fair was fine but still windy enough to flutter the new banners celebrating the Trust’s work. The Chairman and his trusty right hand man, Ben Furnival, arrived at 7.15 a.m. to finish setting up, followed by Robyn Lee to help with the final design and putting out provisional programmes for Music in Quiet Places (MiQP) and copies of The Lychgate, the Trust’s new-look news sheet and annual report. Tea towels, bags and notelets produced some years ago were on sale.

There was also a large map of the county on display as a visual aid for a competition to discover Myrtle’s imaginary treasure chest (a £25 John Lewis card) hidden somewhere in one of over 230 Herefordshire churchyards. These were listed for competitors to choose from, having paid their entrance fee of £1 for two choices. The help from John Caiger and John Handby was much appreciated as well as that from Jill Gallimore and, of course, Myrtle herself, a friend from Hythe in Kent. The day, whilst not raising large amounts of money, hopefully helped to raise the profile
of the Trust and bring it to the attention of more people.

The Church Mouse

Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust