Cherished Warwickshire wedding item gets loving restoration - The Leamington Observer

Cherished Warwickshire wedding item gets loving restoration

Leamington Editorial 14th Jan, 2023   0

A FIXTURE of many a wedding in Warwickshire has been loving restored.

Warwickshire County Council’s Registration Services team took inspiration from TV’s The Repair Shop by working with the Men’s Sheds Association to save a 1930s oak perpetual calendar at Pageant House in Warwick.

The calendar, which has been a part of the ceremony room furniture at the venue for as long as staff can remember, had gradually fallen into a state of disrepair through old age and regular use.

The calendar is updated each day by staff and is a cherished item by many couples who marry at the venue and choose to feature the calendar showing their wedding date in official ceremony photographs.

Anni Clarke, one of the registrars, looked after the calendar with her husband Peter, who was able to repair it for a time, but it became clear more serious restoration work was required in order to get it back looking its best for future photographs.

Anni reached out to fellow registrar Chris Deakin and her husband Graham, who is a regular member of the Moreton-in-Marsh branch of the Men’s Sheds Association. Members of Men’s Sheds Association – which can be men or women – meet up to socialise, make and mend.

The repair work included restoring the numbers and dates printed on the linen strips and reassembling the multiple oak panels to form the calendar’s elegant exterior casing. The work took several weeks to complete, but Graham was able to restore the item back to working order, and it is now safely back at Pageant House.


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