Daily keyholder - St. Peter's Deene
This thirteenth-century estate church in Deene Park is the church of the Brudenell family, who bought Deene Park in 1514 and have lived there ever since. It contains many monuments to Brudenells, including one to James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, who led the Charge of the Light Brigade. In 1868 the widow of James Brudenell commissioned T H Wyatt to rebuild much of the church.
There is a splendid tomb of the 7th Earl and his wife in the South Chapel. The church is a large building constructed using local stone and Collyweston slates, with a tall west tower and broach spire which probably date from the thirteenth century or earlier. Inside, the nave and aisles are austere but the chancel was sumptuously furnished and decorated by G F Bodley in 1890.
We are currently looking for volunteers who can open the church on a daily basis. This role involves visiting twice daily - in the morning to unlock and again in the evening to lock the main door. In the first instance, we are hoping for the church to be opened at the weekends but would be particularly interested in hearing from those who might be able to help on a daily basis.
Ideally the volunteer will live in Deene itself. If travelling from further afield, you would need your own car. It is not possible at this stage to reimburse travel expenses for this role.
Please contact Graham White on 07872 502116 for further information about this voluntary role.