TV icon in Alford for heritage trust launch

Pictured are (from left) Crispin Truman (Chief Executive of the trust), Loyd Grossman, Rosi Lister (Alford Manor House), Sandra Kelley (from the trust). Photo by John Crossland.
Pictured are (from left) Crispin Truman (Chief Executive of the trust), Loyd Grossman, Rosi Lister (Alford Manor House), Sandra Kelley (from the trust). Photo by John Crossland.

LEGENDARY TV icon Loyd Grossman visited Alford Manor House last week to launch an innovative new conservation project aimed at breathing added life into some of the area’s many churches.

The star of such televisual classics as Masterchef and Through the Keyhole, Grossman popped into the historic building to help kick-start a new project from the Churches Conservation Trust.

The innovative ArChWay Heritage Churches Project has been set up in a bid to shine a light on some of the undiscovered heritage in the east of Lincolnshire.

It will cover a cluster of fourteen listed historic churches in the care of the Trust and aims to use them as hubs for community engagement and the arts.

A spokesperson for the group said: “The project’s aim is to increase visitor numbers by developing the churches as a resource for local artists and arts groups and to open visitors’ eyes to the amazing original art - carvings, wall paintings and stained glass within the buildings.

“The churches will be offered as venues for arts or literature groups to meet, to hold exhibitions and to stage music, dance or theatre events.”

The organisers also hope to establish links with local universities and colleges, and provide opportunities for volunteers to take part in the activities on offer.

It is also expected that the project will team up with existing tourism initiatives in the local community and possibly establish a self-sustaining annual arts festival.

The churches in the trust include sites from across the local area.