Four-year task to record church’s gems is com­plete

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

SUT­TON St James’ Church will wel­come Mac­cles­field Dec­o­ra­tive and Fine Arts So­ci­ety to their Sun­day Com­mu­nion Ser­vice so the so­ci­ety can present them with a record of the church’s fur­nish­ings.

Over the last four years, a team of vol­un­teers has metic­u­lously mea­sured and recorded the con­tents of the church in a book which will serve as a per­ma­nent re­minder of its artis­tic her­itage.

Con­tents in­clude win­dows by na­tion­ally known mak­ers such as Wil­liam Mor­ris and Co, al­tar frontals by the Leek School of Em­broi­dery, and a font made by a lo­cal crafts­man who was deaf and dumb.

Vol­un­teers have un­earthed sto­ries of ex­plor­ers, silk man­u­fac­tur­ers and lo­cal dig­ni­taries dur­ing their work.

As a me­mento of the work done, the So­ci­ety will also present a kneeler cush­ion de­signed by one of its mem­bers.

David Grif­fiths, leader of the Mac­cles­field Dec­o­ra­tive and Fine Arts So­ci­ety church record­ing group, said: “We have spent four years look­ing at all this ma­te­rial.

“Al­though Sut­ton St James is a small church it still has a mas­sive num­ber of in­ter­est­ing arte­facts of all kinds, from sil­ver to tex­tiles.”

The spe­cial ser­vice will take place on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 28.

Mac­cles­field DFAS or­gan­ises lec­tures on artis­tic sub­jects monthly in the Old Sun­day School.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend the lec­tures. See mac­cles­fielddfas.org.uk.

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