Three projects have either recently begun or reached completion. On a sunny Maundy Thursday, David kindly drove Rein, George, and Rosalind to St. Albans and back. Residing in the boot of his car, were three sets of carefully wrapped stolae and pulpit falls. These were delivered to the impressive barn workshop of textile conservator Poppy Singer, who previously directed our tapestry project. Depending on the success of this first time cleaning, the remaining three sets will then be swapped over. The project is supported by a generous grant from The Friends of the City Churches.
Our beautiful new baptismal font was delivered just in time for the 12th May Cantata Service. A gift from the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, we are most grateful to its Court, and to the Clerk, Brigadier Tim Gregson who has enthusiastically embraced the project from its inception. It was he who commissioned the craftsman, Italian Mauro dell’Orco, who, as previously reported in Kerknieuws, enthusiastically presented his design proposals to the kerkeraad. Mauro is a graduate from the Carpenters’ Building Crafts College and a Freeman of the Company. He is a co-founder of WorkshopEast: https://www.workshopeast.co.uk/, a Bermondsey based incubator for woodworkers and furniture makers who are starting their career.
A three-pronged project, Mauro constructed the wooden font; the metal bowl was made by specialist manufacturers; an engraving company produced the ‘Wees een Zegen’ inscription. The blessing of the font will take place at the Carpenters’ General Court of the Livery Service on the 23rd July.
The latest project involves the conservation and reframing of our William the Silent portrait. Thanks to a chance encounter at a recent conference at the National Portrait Gallery, Rosalind has identified a specialist in Dutch 17th Century portraiture from The Hague who will assess the portrait. Our weekly church collections are currently being earmarked for this project.