Grant received from Allchurches Trust – Thank you!
October 3, 2013 by tithebarnabergavenny
The AllChurches Trust have made a grant this week for over two thousand pounds to the Winston Memorial Window and Lewis Chapel at St Mary’s Priory Abergavenny.
This grant follows a grant of £25,000 from Garfield Weston at the end of last month, and a Piano Concert by Peter Luter which raised £3,000 last week, bringing the money raised locally to over £35,000 . Welcoming the news the Vicar Fr Mark Soady said , “I am overwhelmed by the kind generosity of people towards the maintenance, upkeep and on going development of this ancient place”.
The All Churches Trust derives its income form Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc. Their top grant is £5,000 and normally ” grants go to the Dioceses and cathedrals of the Church of England…Anglican bodies in Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the Diocese in Europe also benefit ” as do occasionally churches of other denominations.
The Lewis Chapel is named after Dr David Lewis, the first Principal of Jesus College, Oxford – and contains his tomb. It is also home to the world famous Jesse figure and will house the new Jesse Window. The Winstow Memorial Window will depicted the remainder of the now destroyed Jesse Tree (the ‘family tree of Jesus’) and will be designed by Helen Whitaker. Helen Whittaker is Creative Director of the renowned Barley Studios in York. Helen’s stained glass windows can be seen in many churches and cathedrals throughout the country. Helen is an alumni of The Prince of Wales School of Architecture and is a visiting tutor for their School of Traditional Arts. Her MA thesis was on Jesse Trees.