Jackie Porter

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Great news for St Mary’s at Itchen Stoke

by Jackie Porter on 22 December, 2017

A beautiful service in a beautiful building at St Mary’s Itchen Stoke

    I love this Church which is now managed by the Churches Conservation trust. A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Advent evensong-stunningly sung by St John’s Choir from Alresford. The sound is amazing. So I was pleased to hear that CCT had received a grant to restore the vandalised memorial.See their update below:-

Good Tidings from St Mary’s Itchen Stoke

Earlier in the year we learnt that we’d been granted £3000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund First World War: then and now grant scheme to carry out repairs on a beautiful glass mosaic memorial in St Mary’s Church, Itchen Stoke.

Often described as a jewel in the CCTs crown, St Mary’s was built in 1866, inspired by the soaring elegance of the thirteenth-century Sainte Chapelle in Paris, chapel of French kings. The church is a dazzling kaleidoscopic wonderland of pattern and colour. The roof is richly painted, the font is inlaid with a variety of marble, the floor near the altar is decorated with sparkling tiles laid out in the form of a maze, the pulpit has five panels filled with scrollwork and foliage in cast iron (the same design is repeated on the ends of the pews). Best of all however is the stained glass, especially in the west window. The elegant arched windows contain small pieces of clear red, blue and green glass arranged in geometrical patterns

Photo above, this glass mosaic WWI memorial plaque to Reginald John Ponsonby Cox, Major in the Argyll Sutherland Highlanders sustained damage to the heads of St Andrew and St George, two of the heraldic devices and an adjacent area of foliage in an act vandalism in 2014.
We will use the funds to repair the memorial and involve the community celebrating Major Ponsonby Cox’s life and achievements.
The Churches Conservation Trust, and our partners from Salisbury Cathedral Stained Glass will host a series of hands-on workshops and talks, starting in July 2018, with the aim to reinstate the memorial by November 2018.For more information or to get involved please contact Ed McGregor, Volunteering Officer. emcgregor@thecct.org.uk. 07872 502 118
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