Replacing a worn out window
A new memorial to our loved ones
A moment in time for our community
A piece of art in a place of peace and reflection
A worn out window creates a visionary opportunity for a village to memorialise its loved ones.
The East window at St Johns, Tisbury, damaged through wars, poor restoration and time, now has a new vision. An internationally and nationally renowned stained glass artist, Tom Denny, has designed a window with the over-arching vision of 'Into the Light'. It is intended to serve as a memorial to our community's loved ones and to create a place of beauty, contemplation and peace.
BE PART OF IT
The Church Council will pay for the basic repair to the fabric of the church, but we need to fund the new stained glass and art.
“Thomas Denny is a stained-glass artist and painter, educated at Edinburgh College of Art in the 1970’s. In the 1980‘s and 1990‘s he exhibited his paintings in London and New York. Latterly, Denny has concentrated on stained-glass and has now made some fifty windows for churches and cathedrals, almost entirely in England but with a few projects in Germany, Scotland and the USA. Recent commissions include a pair of windows at Hereford Cathedral and, installed in August 2010, a huge window for Durham Cathedral. Other commissions are found in extraordinary buildings all over the country including Gloucester Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey and Malvern Priory. The new edition of Pevsner’s ‘Gloucestershire’ refers to Denny’s windows at St Christopher’s, Cheltenham, as ‘quite astonishing’. Mary Miers, in Country Life (July 2003) speaks of ‘a radiance that defies beating rain and fading light’, and windows that are ‘many layered, rich in meaning and not immediately fully comprehensible.’ Ann Wroe, writing in The Tablet (2006) and ‘Intelligent Life’ (2010) finds ‘hues and images that both feed the soul and take the breath away….his glass lives and moves like no one else’s.” – From an exhibition at The Art Stable, Dorset
Whilst the new window will be beautiful and create a place of peace for you to sit and remember your loved ones, it will also become a record of our community - a snapshot in time. We are planning to create a memorial book to accompany the window, on permanent display in the church, in which each part of the window will be recorded and illustrated, with a record of who has sponsored it and in memory of whom. A copy of which will always be available for you, your friends and descendants to visit.
7th Century A Saxon church probably stood here, the arch is now in the knave
An ancient yew tree, probably a gathering place before any church building existed
pic of Saxon arch
Between 1180 and 1200 a Norman Church was built