Wreath Holders for the War Memorial
St. Mary’s Priory Church, Tutbury
The plan to install Remembrance Wreath Holders at St. Mary’s Priory Church is making progress!
The purpose of Wreath Holders is to enable Remembrance Wreaths to continue to be left at the War Memorial, as is the custom at St. Mary’s, whilst not leaving them on the conserved stonework. Leaving Wreaths on memorials marks and damages the old stonework (c.f. War Memorials Trust recommendations).
The Wreath Holders will mark the Centenary of WWI on behalf of the village.
A Faculty Petition (church planning request) was submitted in January to the Lichfield Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) for the installation of two Wreath Holders.
The DAC accepted the idea of the Wreath Holders and the proposed location. However, they did not like the proposed design.
This led to an onsite meeting with representatives of the DAC – the Ven Matthew Parker, Archdeacon of Stoke-
The result was that in April 2016 the DAC agreed to recommend the revised design to the Chancellor of the Consistory Court, paving the way for the Faculty Petition to be approved.
We now enter a period of public consultation, a 28-
At the end of that period, the Chancellor will consider the DAC’s recommendation and any public comment and decide whether to approve the Petition. Assuming a positive response, we can then proceed with fabrication by Dragon Forge Artistic ironworksand then installation, possibly in August 2016.
We would like to thank the following for their help and support in this project
- British Gypsum for their funding and encouragement
- Dragon Forge Artistic Ironworks for their help in design and enthusiasm for the project
- St. Mary’s Parochial Church Council for passing the resolution and their continuing support
- Ven Matthew Parker, Archdeacon of Stoke-
on- Trent, and Kristina Williamson, Secretary to the Diocesan Advisory Committee, for their guidance in the redesign
- The congregation of St. Mary’s for their input and interest in the project
- The general public who unfailing approved the ideas when explained
We have appreciated the widespread support and look forward to a successful conclusion to the project.
Issued by the Tutbury War Memorials Preservation Committee
Patron – the Bishop of Stafford
19th April 2016 –