Pupils fill Northamptonshire church with colourful pigeons as part of conservation project

Pupils from Hackleton Primary School  have painted colourful pigeons which will 'fly' inside the tower at Preston Deanery church
Pupils from Hackleton Primary School have painted colourful pigeons which will 'fly' inside the tower at Preston Deanery church
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Pupils from a village primary school have decorated a church with painted pigeons as part of a project organised by the Churches Conservation Trust.

The trust has worked with pupils Hackleton Primary School and artist Lottie Sweeney to help tell the story of the 12 century church in Preston Deanery.

The colourful pigeons have been installed to mark the fact the tower became a pigeon house after the church was partly demolished during the Reformation.

The pupils have also designed a greyhound as the chancel of the church was once used as a kennel. Signage has been put up to tell the stories that inspired the artwork.

Peter Aiers, Director, South East, at The Churches Conservation Trust, said: “It’s amazing what you find when you scratch beneath the surface of the parish church, and the Church of St Peter and St Paul is typical in that it brims over with interesting tales. We wanted to reveal the hidden histories of this sleepy little Northamptonshire gem, and bring them to life for visitors to enjoy.”

The installations are available to view in the church daily after a special opening event tomorrow (Sunday, 28th June) at 2pm, followed by Evensong and the Annual Patronal Service at 4pm.