THE FRIENDS of Shakespeare’s Church (FOSC) are preparing to welcome a new chair.
Former Stratford mayor Kevin Taylor will take over from Alan Haigh, who is stepping down after three years.
Mr Taylor said: “Holy Trinity has always been a very special place for me, somewhere I always feel at home and safe so it will be a great honour for me to be chair of the Friends of Shakespeare’s Church.”
He takes up his new role during a busy time for FOSC.
The last two years have seen FOSC provide £135,000 towards the external repairs and conservation of the north transept of Holy Trinity, including the installation of two new stone carved heads of William and Anne Shakespeare.
Inside the church, funding from FOSC has paid for the conservation and re-display of the 1613 King James Bible which it is believed that Shakespeare would have known.
And FOSC also supported the on-going annual preventative maintenance programme for the building.
FOSC’s AGM takes place at Holy Trinity Church Parish Centre on Sunday June 19 at 3pm, and all are invited to attend a special evensong afterwards, from 5pm, led by the Rev Patrick Taylor, with FOSC trustee Rev Dr Paul Edmondson delivering the sermon. This will be followed by a celebratory drinks’ reception in the church.
Visit www.shakespeareschurch.co.uk for more information about the Friends of Shakespeare’s Church and the AGM.