For many years, Arden DFAS volunteers have worked in association with Solihull DFAS to make accurate records of the contents of local churches - memorials, metalwork, textiles, windows, woodwork etc.

Records have been made of 13 local churches, including St Alphege and Knowle Parish Church, as well as some smaller, but no less important, churches. These records are thorough, detailed, professional, illustrated documents. A record is therefore a reliable and valuable resource for the church, researchers and other interested bodies. It is also a means by which the huge artistic heritage held by our national churches can be preserved and brought to the attention of others.

Currently, the group is preparing a record of its 14th church, Castle Bromwich Parish Church, adjacent to Castle Bromwich Gardens which many of you will know. The final record will give a very detailed verbal description of the hundreds of items to be found in the church including the fine 18th century altar rail which is complete with the Royal Coat of Arms and one of only two examples of its type in the country.

The record is now complete and was presented to the church at a morning service on Sunday 25 June.

Castle Bromwich Church   (above right)

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