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New Window for Stockton on the Forest Church

Trinity Window Stockton Church 250313

2:07pm 25th March 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Stockton on the Forest, will be having a new window installed just in time for Easter.  The new Trinity Window was designed and made by Helen Whittaker of Barley Studio in Dunnington. 

The Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Stockton on the Forest, is the Revd Nick Bird.  He said, “Helen’s window will be a glorious addition to our church, and we’re all excited to see what it will look like in the building.  The window is in memory of Marion Cooper, a resident of the village and a member of the church choir, who died in 2010.  It will be a  delightful and inspiring addition to Holy Trinity Church, and a fitting memorial for a faithful member of the church.”

Helen Whittaker, the window’s designer, said, “The theme of the window is the Holy Trinity, which is represented by a trio of ancient and familiar Christian symbols. There are protecting hands ready to cradle and bless, symbolising God the Father; a Damascus Barbel fish from the Sea of Galilee representing God the Son; and a dove spreading its wings across the apex of the window for the Holy Spirit.  The images of hands, fish and dove reach, leap and fly toward Heaven, and are depicted in semi-circles which form three interlinked circles, another symbol of the Trinity.”

Phil Thomas is the Church Buildings Officer for the Diocese of York.  He said, “Helen’s design is fresh and bold, and will look wonderful in the Chancel at Holy Trinity Church.  Our glorious churches not only house the art of centuries, but also showcase the best fine art and craftsmanship that this country has to offer today. This new window is a really significant addition to a church which already contains some distinguished stained glass.”

Helen Whittaker is Creative Director and Artist / Designer at Barley Studio. She is an award-winning designer of stained glass windows and architectural sculpture in glass and copper. Helen has an MA in Visual, Islamic and Traditional Arts at the Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture and a BA (Hons) from the University of Sunderland in three-dimensional design using glass and ceramics. She is an Associate of the British Society of Master Glass Painters, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and a Craft Scholar of the Prince's Foundation, having received the prestigious Hancock Medal for High Achievement. Helen has won several awards including a commission through the Stevens Competition run by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass. She is also a visiting tutor for the Prince's School of Traditional Arts.

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