Cream teas and prayer books

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TINGEWICK: People visiting Tingewick Church for cream teas from 2pm to 5pm on Easter Sunday or Easter Monday have the chance to solve a mystery.

The church has been lent a Book of Common Prayer, dated 1681, for an exhibition to celebrate 350 years of the prayer book.

The book contains State Prayers for James II. However, James II only came to the throne in 1685, when his brother Charles II died unexpectedly.

Other prayer books include one from a family that was briefly famous when the husband shot dead his wife’s lover, and a large-print prayer book given by a sister to her brother after he lost an eye straining fencing wire.

There will also be exhibitions of Christening gowns, art and history.