‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’ is set in the 13th century church of St. Nicholas in the parish of Laindon with Dunton. It tells the story of a twentieth century girl called Daffodil who finds herself in jeopardy, back in the Victorian school, attached to the church. The school building, which originally was the priest’s house, is still there today. We hope to renovate the building and the bell tower, which has been seriously vandalised by woodpeckers. Depending on funds, there are plans to reconstruct parts of the school as it was when the last school master, James Hornsby, was in charge. As you can see from the photograph, various artifacts and costumes have already been acquired and as you can also see from the damaged wall in the photo, there is still a lot to do to make the building ready. If this dream is ever realised, local school children and in fact anyone, will be able to visit and see what the school might have looked like in the late 1800s.
This, of course, costs money and as there is a lot of expense keeping a church running as a church, especially if it’s so ancient, we’ve been planning and holding fundraising events. My money-raising effort is the book, ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’. Any money that I make from sales will go straight to the restoration of the church building. Perhaps one day in the future, we may have enough money to turn our building back to the past.
‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’ will be available from 20th June 2014 and can be pre-ordered from the MuseItUp Publishing website, here