Jonathan D. Boast’s ‘Monolith’, which has been displayed in the west end of the church during early December has now been dismantled, marking the end of the official tour of the work, which has been shown in Westminster Abbey and Bury St Edmunds Cathedral. The art work and explanatory panels will continue to be used to recall the sacrifices made during the First World War and will be displayed at Dover Art College in the New Year.
Marilyn Stephenson-Knight and Simon John Chambers of The Dover War Memorial Project have provided a couple of photographs of Monolith in situ which are a fitting record of the exhibition in our church. The educational resources for the Unknown Warrior project are downloadable from Dover’s Virtual Memorial at www.doverwarmemorialproject.org.uk
… though we will not be changing our lovely windows. As noted earlier this month (see Remembrance: Monolith below), the stained glass installation Monolith by Lavenham artist and member of our congregation Jonathan D. Boast will be erected in the church tomorrow, along with some explanatory panels. this stunning work has been shown in Westminster Abbey and more recently in the cathedral in Bury St Edmunds ; we are very lucky to have it shown in our parish church. Please come and see the work while it is with us over the next week or so.
If you want to find out more about the stained glass windows in Lavenham church, Jean Guy’s excellent and thoughtful booklet, ‘Let the windows speak’, is available from the church shop.
Lavenham has many connections with the military. Our church is furnished with memorials for the World Wars of the twentieth century and a number of personal memorials and gravestones of men and women who have fallen in service of their country in other conflicts.
Visitors may be surprised to know that Lavenham Church also contains a memorial to the American servicemen who were based in the parish during WWII. Lavenham was home to an American Air Force base during World War II. USAAF Station 137 was manned by the US Army Air Force 487th Bombardment Group between 1944 and 1945.
Worship this Sunday
At 8am Holy Communion will be celebrated in Lavenham.
At 10.15am we will be holding an Ecumenical Service of Remembrance in Lavenham. This service will be non-Eucharistic (no Holy Communion) and we will welcome people from the Salvation Army and Roman Catholic congregations (and any one else who would like to join us).
At 6pm we will be celebrating Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church, Preston St Mary.