Thank you to all who came to our project launch in June! We were so pleased to hear your comments and support for the artwork and design. For those who were not there, here is an update:
We are commissioning a significant contemporary work of art in the form of a stained glass window to be installed in the west tower of St Michael’s church, with a bell theme. There has been no new stained glass in the church since 1908, and so this will be a legacy of our time for years to come. When the sound of the bells ripples across the village everyone knows that this is marking a wedding, a funeral, a royal occasion, visiting bell ringers or the weekly church services. And so it has been for centuries. It is symbolic of many community events. The design of the windows and artist impressions of the installation are shown in this downloadable leaflet and we hope you like it!
How you can help to make it happen
To complete this project we need to raise £75,000. Everyone in Blewbury will have been touched by the sound of bells and/or by the associated Church events at some point. Therefore, in addition to grants that we will apply for, we are asking for personal donations. You can donate any amount, large or small, as one person, as a couple or as a family. By donating to the window fund your name can be recorded in a book, which will contain the story of the Stained Glass Window from concept to installation. This will become an historical document and a record of who was connected to Blewbury in 2018/19.
If you have a dedication for your donation, please let us know so that this can also be recorded in the book. You might wish to donate in memory of someone; to mark a wedding, funeral, christening or confirmation in St Michael’s; to celebrate an anniversary of some kind; because you love art; because you care for our medieval church; or just because you enjoy living in the village of Blewbury!
If you would like to know more about the artwork and the stained glass medium, any member of the project team will be pleased to discuss this with you. Thank you.
Richard & Gill Loyd, Christine Kowalczuk, Jason St John Nicolle, Susan Lay, Mark Phillips, Jackie Maguire