All the Old Rectory Guest House doors have now been named. Sign painter, Tim Fry from Woodhall Spa, has done a splendid job, matching the paint colour to the sophisticated pewter-looking ironmongery, and using a script carefully chosen to match Victorian writing. The names on the bedrooms are all named after prominent local rectors of the past, with the years they served at St Leonard’s underneath, with the exception of Susanna Wesley, who was the mother of Methodist founders’ John and Charles, who lived in the Rectory.
It’s not just the beautifully painted door names that are new up at the Old Rectory. Four of the guests have decided to stay on a permanent basis. These are the Old Rectory Chickens. All the chickens are different varieties; Bluebell, Speckled, Sussex and Black Copper Head. Tanya’s grandchildren have decided they should be named after the months in which they were born; April, May, June and August. The chickens are settling in well and Tanya and Roy are hoping they will start laying soon.