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The first print run of our book ‘Myndtown, Its Church, Parish and Surroundings’ sold out some time ago, but we are delighted to advise that a reprint is now available.

It was printed by local company Craven Design and Print, of Craven Arms, owned by James Sherratt. We were surprised to find that his daughter, Lucy, works for the company, as she happens to be one of the Ludlow College design students who entered the competition to design a logo for the church as part of the restoration project and, moreover, won the second prize! We can thoroughly recommend the company: their prices are very competitive and their service fast, efficient and of high quality. James and Lucy are pictured below.


The book can be purchased at the church. It can also be ordered via the shop on this website, where one can pay by PayPal, credit card or debit card.


Last year, ‘Countryside’ (the National Farmers’ Union monthly “glossy” magazine) contracted photojournalist David Edmund-Jones to do an article on the church’s HLF restoration project.

In March, David spent a day photographing the church, which was then stripped right town and cocooned in scaffolding.

The result? - a five-page article in this month’s edition of the magazine, including a dramatic double-page spread of the exposed roof structure.

See the article below.


Shropshire’s best architecture, urban design and building conservation for 2017 was recognised last Friday, when the first-ever Shropshire Council Design and Conservation Awards were presented in an event at Shirehall in Shrewsbury.
Myndtown Church’s Heritage Lottery Fund restoration project was one of only four entries to receive a full award. Five other entries received commendationsand three received special mentions.

Certificates were presented to the Myndtown project’s architects (Sean Pemble and Andrew Arrol, of Arrol and Snell, contractor (Mike Curry of Phillips and Curry) and project manager, John Burt.

The awards were launched at the start of 2017 and aimed to promote, encourage and recognise inclusive, sustainable and high quality developments across the county. Thirty entries were received and were assessed according to a range of criteria including design quality, context, craftsmanship and sustainability. Judging took place in two phases: an internal assessment, followed by a design review with external judges.

Ian Kilby, Planning Services Magager of Shropshire Council, recommented “One of the key success factors that most impressed the judges with regard to Myndtown Church was the skill and delicacy with which these essential building repairs had been undertaken. This has ensured that the special architectural and historic interest of this important Grade II * listed building will be preserved for the future."

Photo of the presentation shows (left to right): Sean Pemble (Arrol and Snell, Architect); Mike Curry (Phillips and Curry, Contratctor); Andrew Arroll (Arrol and Snell); John Burt (Project Manager); James Handley (external judge); Ian Kilby (Planning Sevices Manager, Shropshire Council

Myndtown Church’s excellent acoustics made it a superb venue for last week’s enthralling choral concert, ‘The Golden Age of English Church Music’, by the More Singers, under the expert direction of Alistair Auld, with chamber organ interludes beautifully played by Richard Silk.

The church was full to the brim: a number of people arrived without reservations, meaning that some had to stand. Profits from the evening will be divided between the More Singers and the church’s Maintenance Fund.
This was the first in what is hoped will be a series of musical events (The Myndtown Music Project) covering a wide range of genres, including folk, opera, blues, ska, rock and jazz. Look out for announcements here or on our Facebook page.