This Day In 2000 - Robes Of Innocence Draw Village Crowds


3rd June 2011


A display of christening robes and memorabilia can be seen at Maiden Newton Church this weekend.

The ‘Robes of Innocence’ festival is continuing until Sunday evening and all are invited to attend.

Maiden Newton villagers have donated beautiful and treasured to be displayed at the festival and organisers say they are delighted with the generous response.

A complete set of 10 robes covering the christenings of one family between 1820 and 1920 is just one of the exhibits.

And an incredibly intricate robe produced by the ladies of a village in Wiltshire is displayed in a frame and has raised thousands of pounds.

The festival at the church began yesterday and was open today and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday.

Refreshments are available every day and the weekend will finish with a ‘Songs of Praise’ service.

Admission costs £2 for adults and £1 for children under 16.

All proceeds will go towards church funds.

[From the Dorset Echo 03-06-2000]

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