Test Valley Villages Lecture Series: Pillars, Pews and Pulpits – Church architecture explained


For the time being these lectures are being held in St Mary,s Church, so it seems appropriate to use the Church Building as our main visual aid. Rev. James Pitkin will explain why Churches are as they are; why they have such uncomfortable seating; why they are often very similar;how they have changed over the years; who owns the Church ; who comes to Church – and as we hope to have a short demonstration of the bells – why we have bells, and the problems they cause (at least from a clergyman’s prospective).

Revd. James Pitkin is Vicar of Lockerley,East Dean, East Tytherley and West Tytherley. He is also Area ( or rural) Dean for Romsey. Ordained in 1999 he was Curate ( Trainee Vicar ) at Chilworth and North Baddesley before moving to his current post in 2003. Before being ordained, he was an Engineer in the RAF – he maintains his interest in aviation through his work as Chaplain to the RAF Cadets. James has been part of churches in England , Scotland and Wales which have been in rural, suburban and city settings. He values the wealth and variety of church traditions and Styles. He is a patron of ‘The Landmark [email protected], a charity which restores buildings in danger,making them available to all through letting as ‘Holidays in History’.

All are welcome. Entry £5 includes a drink. Full time students are free. This event is on Wednesday 16th January at 8pm, at St Mary’s Church Broughton.