Thursford church installs new stained-glass window in chapel
24 July 2023
In this “Little Hideaway” Church in Thursford, North Norfolk a new stained glass window has just been installed. Commissioned, sponsored and designed by villagers in 2018.
Described as a ‘time capsule’, the set of three church windows have been unveiled at St Andrew’s Church in Thursford, near Fakenham.
This exceptional window has been described as a “stunning, totally unique time capsule of village life.”
Villagers sponsored glass panes and were able to draw up their own designs for the windows in a process that started in 2018. One of the contributors asked for a dancer from the Thursford Christmas Spectacular show to be included. The window was then created by local Stained Glass experts Rose and Keiran Waits from neighbouring village of Hindringham.
Speaking to the EDP Lance Sharpus-Jones, churchwarden, said he was thrilled the £29,000 project had finally come to fruition. He said: “It was a relief to finally see it installed but I think it was worth the wait as it’s stunning. To see it finally at the church and the remarks, everyone seems to be bowled over by it, I think it’s a magnificent ‘time capsule’ of the era. It represents the things which are important in people’s personal lives, such as music, flowers, and wildlife, but has to be seen to be appreciated.”
Dating from 13th century St Andrews church also has an Elizabeth 1st window from 1579 as well as other notable Stained Glass.
The Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd Jane Steen, and Reverend Robin Stapleford recently blessed the windows at a church service.
The church will host a coffee and cake morning from 10am to midday on August 5 for people to view the window.