Arts so­ci­ety gift for church

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

THE con­gre­ga­tion at Sut­ton St James Church was boosted with a party from Macclesfield Dec­o­ra­tive and Fine Arts So­ci­ety which pre­sented a record of the fur­nish­ings of the church.

Rev John Har­ries in­vited David Griffiths, the leader of the group which had spent four years pre­par­ing the record, to speak.

David said that the group of vol­un­teers had been able to get close to the beau­ti­ful ob­jects given to the church by the con­gre­ga­tion over the years.

Dr Har­ries thanked them for their ef­forts and the con­gre­ga­tion showed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

As well as the 240 page book, with pic­tures and de­scrip­tions of the con­tents of the church from the memo­ri­als to the fire ex­tin­guish­ers, a new kneeler was pre­sented as a me­mento, and a no­tice was of­fered to put on the church no­tice­board say­ing that the arte­facts have been pho­tographed and recorded.

Roughly 2,000 churches have now been recorded by vol­un­teers from mem­ber so­ci­eties of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Dec­o­ra­tive and Fine Arts So­ci­eties (NADFAS), and the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum, Church House at Lam­beth, His­toric Eng­land, and County Records Of­fice, now have copies of the work.

Pam Thorn, a mem­ber of both the con­gre­ga­tion and the team of vol­un­teers, said: “With St James be­ing my church and place of wor­ship since the 1950s, it’s made my par­tic­i­pa­tion in the project very spe­cial and it has been a priv­i­lege to work on the team.”

The chair­man of NADFAS in the North West, Janet Cum­mings, said: “I am de­lighted to see this com­pleted church record.

“The group of vol­un­teers has worked hard for four years, pay­ing close at­ten­tion to a va­ri­ety of items in the church.

“There are some very in­ter­est­ing stained glass win­dows by im­por­tant mak­ers such as Wil­liam Mor­ris and White­fri­ars.

“Get­ting in­volved in church record­ing is an en­joy­able way to get to know new peo­ple and to de­velop a new in­ter­est.

“You don’t have to be an ex­pert to start record­ing – NADFAS pro­vides help and train­ing.”

The group of vol­un­teers en­joy talks at the Her­itage Cen­tre in Macclesfield on the sec­ond Thurs­day of the month.

●● Mem­bers of both groups at St James’s Church

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