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Stratford–upon–Avon has an enthusiastic group of church recorders carrying out this fascinating work. It involves making records, listing and describing everything inside a church as it stands today. This is carried out under the headings of: memorials, metalwork, stonework, windows etc. Photographs and drawings of some items and features of the inside of the church are also included to help with the description.

St Michael and All Saints, Claverdon

On Sunday 10th June, members of Stratford Decorative and Fine Arts Society (STRADFAS, Arts Society) joined the congregation of St Michael and All Angels Church, Claverdon, for the formal handover of the recently compiled Church Records.

Records handover: Jean Vaudeau with Margaret and John Cunnington of STRADFAS present the Church Records of St. Michael and All Angels Church, Claverdon, to the Rev. Andy Larkin and church representative, Rosemary Holding

The Service was conducted by Rev. Andy Larkin, who introduced Jean Vaudeau, who had led the two-year project. Jean described how she and her team of church recorders had compiled the written and photographic description of every single artefact within the church, and thanked church representative, Rosemary Holding, who had worked hard to facilitate all of their many recording sessions.

The Records were then formally handed over for the church to keep. Other copies will go to Warwickshire Records Office and to the V&A Museum in London. The Records will be a valuable resource available to all concerned with the management and preservation of church heritage.

The event was also mentioned in the Stratford Herald on Thursday 14th June 2018




The group usually meets once a month in the church, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAworking in pairs to measure, describe and document the contents. Basic computer knowledge is pre-requisite.

Study/training days are also held locally on the various subjects when we have the opportunity to meet up with members from other groups working in the West Midlands Area.