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Friday, 18 March 2016

Go & See Irene's Easter Garden

If you are looking for somewhere to have an Easter walk, or to take the children, you could find it worthwhile heading up Church Hill.

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Before Hurst Castle opened their shop in Milford on Sea High Street, you may recall that Irene Ellis ran Ellis Hairdressers from the same location. Over the year's Irene's shop window became locally famous for the wonderful creations she would make for window display's on just about every occasion.

Having sold the business and retired you would expect that Irene's public creativity would have waned, but it certainly hasn't. 

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When you reach All Saints' Church, opposite the front Lynch Gate, you will find 'Irene's Pop Up Easter Garden' from lunchtime on Good Friday.

Ellis Hairdressers Shop Window
2012
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There is even a bench, for you to sit and while the time away.

Nice work Irene!


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PS: What is a Lych Gate?

Lych is derived from the Old English 'lich', meaning corpse. From 1549 it was required that lych-gates be built at the entrance to churchyards.

They were meeting places and shelters for the party bringing a corpse for burial, and for the priest to receive the corpse.

Medieval lych-gates were made of timber and most have long since disappeared.

However, many new lych-gates were erected in Victorian times, sometimes as memorials to prominent local people or as war memorials.

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