Saturday, 6 August 2016

Most Motivated....

When out on a ride yesterday I found this church in the village of Melverley....

Melverley Church
It's an exquisite example of the timber framed black and white buildings found throughout Shropshire....
This church was apparently rebuilt in 1406 after it was burnt to the ground by Owain Glyndwr.
Another view of Melverley Church
 It is a bit tucked away up a small side road but is easy to find due to the good signs in the village,,,,
It stands on the banks of the river Vyrnwy and is in a really tranquil location.

Check out the plaque just above my bike saddle.
This last image is a close-up of my bike parked in front of the church... note the plaque above my bike saddle.
I was quite fascinated by this..... What could it have been awarded to the village for exactly?
Motivated to do what..?
Who actually awarded it to the village and anyway if they were so motivated why haven't they won it again in the past 25 years?....

There was nobody around to actually ask at the time so when I got back from my ride I checked it out on the internet.... 
What did I find .....well very little really.

It seems a number of people had asked exactly the same type of questions and the only answer was that the villagers had managed to raise £500,000 in order to stop the church collapsing into the river by reinforcing the banks of the river Vyrnwy....

I have no idea if any of that is true but if it is it still leaves the question relating to who made the award to the village unanswered......

5 comments:

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

What a gorgeous Church!
Thanks for bringing it to us on two wheels :)
Have a Happy Weekend, Trevor!
Peace :)

Steve A said...

Well, given the number of villages in England (let alone the rest of the UK), winning "most motivated" once in 25 or even 50 years is not too shabby! I'm surprised that you didn't add a tape addendum to the bottom of the sign that added the word "cyclist" in order to make it a PERFECT photo!

Peter Roberts said...

I really enjoy your travelogue.
Keep a lookout for Letter Boxes..it seems there is a Group devoted entirely to the study of these things and ones prior to ER2 are becoming quite rare

Trevor Woodford said...

*Chandra@GreenComotion*
I would have gone straight past it if I had been in the car Chandra. Ha..Ha...

*Steve A*
I wasn't motivated enough to do that Steve....

*Peter Roberts*
Glad that you enjoy it Peter...
I will keep my eyes open for the Letter Boxes... I have taken pictures of the more unusual ones in the past...unfortunately I no longer have those images.

Steve A said...

There are MANY letter boxes that are pre-ER2 in Dublin that I noticed. Of course they were all repainted green long ago.