Arts society gift for church
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