Church of England Diocese of Hereford Felton and Preston Wynne

The Shakespeare Connection

In 1913 the Revd John Henry Carter Evelegh was appointed rector of Felton and Vicar of Preston Wynne.  After the First World War ended he set about promoting his love of Shakespeare among local people. Throughout the 1920 and 1930s he produced a different Shakespeare play every year as part of an August Fete which included music dance and drama over a period of two weeks. The last such event took place two weeks before Hitler marched into Poland at the start of the Second World War. Rev Everlegh lived alone in the Rectory throughout that period and retired in 1945.

Pictures and artefacts remain in the church from this time and provide a fascinating snapshot into this aspect of the cultural life of the parish.