Dedication of new Altar Kneeler

It 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.

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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.

Following this 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.

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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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