St Denis’ in the news again

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St Denis' church featured in Cambridgeshire Life – 30th November 2020.

Immediately after the Cambridge News article (see below) appeared, ITV rang to ask if they could come and film a short feature for its local news programme.

Nicola Jenkins being interviewed by ITV outside St Denis church, East Hatley – 2nd December 2020.

Nicola Jenkins being interviewed by ITV outside St Denis’ – 2nd December 2020.

So, on a rather chilly 2nd December, Joyce Denby, Nicola Jenkins and Peter Mann showed reporter-cum-camera-operator Claire around the church.

Then interviewing began, with Claire asking questions of the three ‘experts’ – Nicola spoke about the churchyard being a nature reserve, Joyce talked about the history of the church and its importance as a community centre for over 1,000 years and Peter expressed his concern over the huge time it’s taking SCDC’s planners to approve FoFC’s application for the new windows – likely to be well after Christmas with a grant deadline of 31st March for project completion.

The resulting film became a two minute slot on ITV News Anglia on Thursday, 10th December – here’s a link to it.

Quite a lot of other media coverage

This piece on St Denis’ church was featured in CambridgeshireLive on 30th November 2020.

Since when, it has also appeared on the website news pages of the Daily Mail and The Mirror.

It was written by Lottie Limb and features a rather cool slider showing the transformation of St Denis’ from being covered in ivy (as it was in 2002) to how it looks today – handsome and cared for.

And it’s nice to report the pages about St Denis on this website gave Lottie the background information she needed to write the article.

She also brought the story up to date with our concerns about the tight timetable to complete the next phase of the Friends of Friendless Churches’ restoration of St Denis’.

Let’s hope South Cambs District Council is able to give it’s approval for the new windows without delay – details about the application are on the SCDC site under the planning application 20/04598/FUL.

FoFC spent a considerable sum on putting in a new floor and windows in the nave in 2018 and is looking to complete repairs to the interior of the church so it can be kept open all the time, as our recent news post, about changes in the chancel, illustrates.

As we document in our piece on Just how was St Denis’ saved?, it was thanks to SCDC commissioning a report, in 2003, on the state of the then very sad looking building which eventually led to its initial repair as a sound and safe structure – before SCDC (as owners of the building) gave it to the Friends of Friendless Churches to become its guardian in 2016.

Post created 30th November 2020; updated 10th December 2020.