Historic church hosts open day, barbecue and fete

An historic Shrewsbury church, which boasts Medieval wall paintings and contemporary secco and fresco paintings by one of Europe’s leading liturgical artists, is opening its doors to visitors on Sunday May 24.

The 13th century Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Fathers, which stands in a field off Oteley Road, Sutton, will be hosting a spring fete, Greek barbecue and guided talks around the church.

The event will kick off at 1pm with talks on the church’s paintings and history beginning around 2.30pm. They will be given by the artist Aidan Hart, who lives in Shrewsbury, and parish priest Father Stephen Maxfield.

The church is well known for its unique set of medieval wall paintings dating from around 1380. The most significant is a depiction of the martyrdom of Thomas Becket.

It is also features religious icons and wall paintings that have been created by Mr Hart, whose work is found in over 25 countries including monasteries, cathedrals, churches, universities and private and royal collections.