The Friends of Amesbury Abbey Church are hosting a walk through the historic town as part of its fundraising efforts to help the 1000-year-old church repair its roof.

The Amesbury Town Trail will take place on Sunday, June 11 at 2.30pm, starting from Wyndham Hall, with tickets costing £5 per adult and children’s admission free.

Angela Bayliss of the Friends of Amesbury Abbey Church said: “We haven't held one in this format for a number of years but we try to arrange a variety of events to suit different ages each year and to have some suitable for young families too.”

In addition to the Town Trail, the group has also raised money for the church through its quiz socials, sales and Christmas draw. Angela runs a small shop in the church and the Amesbury Community Shop, which sells postcards, cards, tea towels, guidebooks, note pads, pens and other products to raise funds for the church.

Next May, the Builth Male Voice Choir from Builth Wells will be returning to Amesbury by invitation from the Friends of Amesbury Abbey Church. The choir has proven popular when the Friends have hosted it before.

The Abbey Church of St Mary and St Melor, built in 979AD, has been carrying out repair works on its roof since 2020, when it received a £50,000 loan from the Diocese of Salisbury.

The nave was the first section to undergo repairs, and works have now moved to replacing the 100-year-old lead on the tower.