A Grade One listed church needs to raise funds for a renovation and a cigar case has been auctioned to raise funds for this purpose. Why is this relevant you ask? Because the church is in Skenfrith and thatâ€™s where Amyâ€™s Choice was filmed…
The cigar case was a gift to a Rail Manager who helped transport glass to build the Crystal Palace in 1851 and is decorated with an engraving of the Great Exhibition Hall on one side.
The sale raised Â£2280 towards the Â£60000 that is needed in total. The church itself dates back to 1207 and as you can imagine, is in need of a great amount of repair indeed. With the wonderful architecture and beauty of the village of Skenfrith that some of you may remember from watching Amyâ€™s Choice, it would be a shame to see a part of its roots fall into a state of disrepair.
Sarah Steer, secretary of the Friends of St Bridget’s Church, Skenfrith, said:
“It [the cigar case] was given to a freight manager of the London and North West Rail Company and he was responsible for moving 1.5m square feet of glass and many thousands pounds of ironwork from the Midlands to Hyde Park for the construction of Crystal Palace…It’s very pretty, it’s oblong and it opens at the top and it’s embossed with lots of scrolls..
“It’s got a picture of the Crystal Palace on the front and on the back there’s an inscription to Mr T.C. Mills, who was the freight manager…I believe there’s quite a lot of interest from the United States about it. It’s was such a generous gesture that we’re looking forward to the sale.”
The original total for the repairs came to Â£350,000 but lottery funding reduced that substantiall, and now there is only the last amount to raise.