The Phoenix Choir will be performing at St Peter’s Church in Shorwell later this month (21st July) as part of fundraising efforts to expand the building’s facilities.

The programme will feature a wide range of easy listening songs from a number of different genres – musicals, films, country, popular, traditional, folk and even 2 Maori ballads.

St Peter’s Church has gone through many changes during its life and the latest planned change is the installation of water, a small kitchen and a toilet to meet the demands of a 21st century community.

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The North Chapel was built in the 12th century and much of this remains today. Above the door is an important medieval wall painting dated to c1470 that depicts scenes from the life of St Christopher. St Christopher is usually shown carrying the Christ Child across a river but here he carries the Christ Child across a much larger expanse of water, quite possibly the Solent or even the English Channel. This painting acts as a valuable document recording life on the Isle of Wight in the late medieval period.

In the 17th century the south west corner of the south aisle was added to house the Town Gun. The middle ages were a time of economic difficulty for the Isle of Wight with raids from the French and their allies and the gun was part of the Island’s defences.

The church also boasts an original 13th century stone pulpit with a 17th century hourglass to call to order any lengthy preacher. There is also an Octagonal stone font with a Jacobean strapwork front cover with dove finial and hoist inscribed ‘And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him’.

All are welcome to the event on Saturday 21st July at 19:30. Admission is free with a retiring collection.

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