St Lawrence Church
Stratford sub Castle

Churchwardens:      John Walsh Tel: 07913 867109
Sue Thomson Tel: 01722 782340

Friends of St. Lawrence

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Our Fundraising Talks have proved to be very popular. The Friends would like to thank everyone who bought tickets for Richard Griffiths’ February talk ‘Speaking Legally’, and to Richard himself for making it such an entertaining evening.

For our next event on Friday 26 April we are fortunate to have as our speaker another Stratford resident who has offered to share some professional experiences, this time of a more unusual nature.  Andrea Hamel is a Marine Archaeologist who in 2008 joined the Coastal & Marine team at Wessex Archaeology, Salisbury.

Andrea will provide the answer to the question ‘What is a Marine Archaeologist doing so far from the sea?’ in the Reading Room at 7.30 pm on Friday 26 April. She has described this talk as ‘An evening exploring our underwater cultural heritage’.

In January 2023, Andrea appeared in an episode of the BBC2 television series, ‘Digging for Britain’, commenting on her involvement in the excavation of a 16th century ship in Kent. Details on the village website:

Andrea Hamel (left) with the programme’s presenter Professor Alice Roberts
and Antony Firth of Historic England

In her spare time Andrea enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and exploring heritage sites and museums. The family are well-known to the congregation at St Lawrence Church but Andrea’s occupation may come as a surprise to many!

All FOSL talks are followed by an opportunity to ask questions, after which drinks (included in the ticket price) are served, making the evening a sociable occasion too.

Tickets for this event are now available, £10 FOSL members; £15 non-members; no charge for tickets for Under 16s accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

Please contact Rosemary Winson 01722 325183

or email

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