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Antiques Roadshow experts Christopher Payne and Lars Tharp hold event in Edith Weston





Two familiar faces from The Antiques Roadshow will be sharing banter to help raise a new roof.

Furniture and sculpture buff Christopher Payne and ceramics expert Lars Tharp will host ‘An Evening of Antiques, Erudition and Entertainment’ in aid of St Mary’s Church in Edith Weston.

The church had the lead stolen from its roof in June 2018 during a spate of similar crimes across the area.

Furniture expert Christopher Payne leans on a Windsor chair that he made
Furniture expert Christopher Payne leans on a Windsor chair that he made

Christopher, who lives in the village, was involved in a ‘Raise the Roof’ fundraiser in November 2018 and is now ready to host ‘Raise the Roof II’ with former colleague Lars.

“I spent 32 years on The Antiques Roadshow and Lars and I will be sharing the inside track and talking about the interesting and fun times we’ve had on the show,” said Christopher.

“We bounce off one another and are both very upbeat, so we should provide plenty of entertainment for those coming along.”

Ceramics expert Lars Tharp
Ceramics expert Lars Tharp

The event takes place at Edith Weston Village Hall in Rectory Lane on Friday, May 3, from 6pm.

Tickets are limited to 100 and more than half have already sold. People can buy them from Edith Weston Village Store off Church Lane for £20, which includes a glass of wine on arrival and nibbles.

There will also be a cash bar on the night.

St Mary’s Church dates from the 12th Century, with the tower added two centuries later.

St Mary's Church, Edith Weston. Photo: Google Maps
St Mary's Church, Edith Weston. Photo: Google Maps

Edith Weston is named after queen Edith of Wessex, the wife of the 11th Century king Edward the Confessor.



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