Visitors enjoy open day at St Leonard’s Priory in Stamford

Stamford Civic Society coffee morning and dedication of a mulberry tree at St Leonard's Priory, Stamford. Canon Donald Gray and Stamford Civic Society committee members beside the mulberry tree. From left, Christine Stanier, Mike Sockett, Carol Meads, Peter Stevens, Melanie Sockett and Canon Donald Gray.'Photo: MSMP110513-021ow
Stamford Civic Society coffee morning and dedication of a mulberry tree at St Leonard's Priory, Stamford. Canon Donald Gray and Stamford Civic Society committee members beside the mulberry tree. From left, Christine Stanier, Mike Sockett, Carol Meads, Peter Stevens, Melanie Sockett and Canon Donald Gray.'Photo: MSMP110513-021ow
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A historic building was opened on Saturday to give people the chance to see the work being done there.

Stamford Civic Society held the open day at the Grade I listed St Leonard’s Priory in Priory Road, Stamford.

The society has spent the last 10 years working in partnership with South Kesteven District Council, which has the lease on the priory, to restore the building and plant bulbs and trees.

During the open day, a small dedication was held for a mulberry tree on the site.

The priory is only opened once a year and members of the society were on hand to talk to visitors about the priory and its other work in the town.

An exhibition was also held on the civic society’s recent project to install a new sundial at All Saints’ Church in Stamford to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee and the 50th anniversary of the society.

Civic society committee member Peter Stevens said the morning was a success.

He said: “The morning went extremely well. We had about 70 people there and had about a dozen people come across from Priory Court, which was very nice.

“Canon Donald Gray took a small service did a beautiful dedication to the mulberry tree, which is doing extremely well and is a real addition to the priory.

“A lot of people came to the morning, which was nice to see. People are really very interested in the priory, it is a beautiful medieval building. It is an absolute delight.”

Mr Stevens described the priory as the “flagship” of the civic society’s achievements over the last decade and said it was a very different place to what it was before the society got involved.

In his dedication for the tree, the retired Rev Canon Donald Gray said: “Lord God of creation, you make all that is good, bless the worth of the Stamford Civic Society in preserving the beautiful and worthy in our town; May this tree signify your blessing, as did those of old to David your servant, and may we always be good stewards of your bounty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”