Tonight (Wednesday 15th April) St Gilbert & St Hugh's Church in Gosberton (near Spalding) will be on the map as it will feature in BBC1's The Repair Shop, starting at 8pm.

The items being given for restoration will be the four wooden angels featured in the the photo above - this shot was taken prior to their transformation.  

The angels were carved by Belgian craftsmen in approximately 1915 when they were amongst other refugees who fled from Belgium during WW1. These skilled artisans completed other works around the South Holland area, often for churches, but also for other places in the Spalding area in particular.

They were presented to St Gilbert & St Hugh’s parish church in Gosberton Clough as a gift in remembrance of a former Vicar - Revd Hudson. They were originally mounted on the corners of an ornate altar surround designed, as was the church, by John Ninian Comper, perhaps the most famous British architect of the first half of the 20th Century.

Repainted in the 1960s in lifelike colours they had become a little battered over time and were broken in places and the paint faded. When part of the altar was dismantled a few years later they were resigned to the church hall coal shed but were later rescued when they stood on the window ledges in the church, slowly looking a little worse for wear. 

Brian Tidswell is one of the churchwardens for the church and in the summer of 2019, he and his wife Jane applied to the BBC TV programme producers, Ricochet TV to see if they might be interested in taking on the angels and they were accepted!

Given the green light a trip to the Repair Shop at Weald & Downland Museum near Chichester beckoned for Brian and fellow churchwarden David Dickinson.  By early November the producers notified them that the restoration was complete and asked if the film crew could come to Gosberton Clough to film their unveiling and return to the church with some of the local people.

A special celebration concert was held shortly afterwards at the church to welcome the angels, and they are now in pride of place by the altar under the west window, also designed by Comper.

This story was published on Wednesday 15th April.