Dedication of new Altar Kneeler
was a packed church at St Bartholomews on Sunday 25th October for
Harvest Thanksgiving, and for the Dedication of the new altar kneeler
by the Bishop of Croydon.
The altar kneeler
was made by the Leigh Broderers to a design by Lynn Amos, and is a
representation of the countryside of Leigh throughout the four
seasons. Pam Burke spoke during the service of the formation of
the Broderers group, who have over the last 15 years replaced the old
worn kneelers of the church with vibrant and individual works of
art. These can be viewed at the church and the story of their
creation is told in a book by Christine Padmore which can also be found in the church.
success, the Broderers were invited by the Parochial Church Council to
replace the tired old maroon kneeler, a task which was much more of a
challenge, with long pieces of canvas being rolled up in a frame and
passed between individual broders. Pam estimated that the finished work
contains 854,560 stitches, and if the broderers were paid the minimum
wage, it would have cost £28,350 in broderer-hours!
Do visit the church and view this beautiful kneeler if you have not already done so.
The broderers invited to join the Bishop for prayers and the blessing.
Thank you to Robert Stephenson for the photographs - click on them to enlarge.
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