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HAMPSHIRE COMMEMORATES – A window to our past, present and future

HAMPSHIRE COMMEMORATES – A window to our past, present and future

Further to several progress reports in Awbridge News last year, it is good to report now that our application to Winchester Diocesan Committee was approved on 19th November 2014, and the Committee granted a ‘faculty’ for the work on this new stained glass window to go ahead. Committee members were very complimentary about the design, and about the preparatory work which had been undertaken in the course of the application.

The Faculty then had to be registered with the Chancellor of the Diocese, and this formality was completed on 3rd February 2015.

Jon Callan of stainedglassetc has started work on creating the window and he is planning to complete it and install it by the end of August. There will be a special service of dedication in All Saints Church in the autumn of this year, and the date of this will be made known in Awbridge News in due course.

The image of the proposed window can be seen here»

There are two parts to the design of the window. The tracery above the main window contains a dove hovering in a shaft of light, similar to the light above the tree-lined roads in Awbridge. In the main window the shaft of light descends through dark trees, illuminating barbed wire and fence posts of battlefield (or farm fields). The lower part of the image then turns into a field of numerous poppies and other wild flowers which can be found both in Awbridge and in Flanders. Amongst these flowers are seven defined poppies which stand out from the rest, representing the seven young men whose names are on the war memorial at the village crossroads.

If you would like any further information please contact Fred Tucker (churchwarden) on 340704 or Pam Harvey (parish councillor) on 341259.

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