FOUR years of work have seen a new window installed in Yapton’s parish church.
The stained glass window in 900-year-old St Mary’s Church is the inspiration of one of its churchwardens, Angela Stewart.
She believed the historic church needed a feature to reflect the search for peace in the 21st century – not just an absence of war but the spiritual calm and tranquility of the Christian faith.
She has carried out several consultations since 2013 throughout the parish to devise the final design.
Church spokesman Tim Bell said: “The window embodies the Christian concept of peace and was inspired by a wish to mark the centenary of the Armistice that brought the First World War to an end.
“For hundreds of years, the people of Yapton have married, christened their babies and buried their loved ones at St Mary’s Church.
“It is not just a place of worship but one where people from many different walks of life come to find peace and solace at some of the most difficult times of their lives.”
The window’s design focuses on the image of an olive tree to represent the peaceful community of Yapton.
Renowned British stained glass artist Derek Hunt included traditional images of peace with the Holy Spirit as a dove holding an olive branch in its beak.
He chose a Biblical text and the image of a lion and a lamb. Finally, in the trunk of the tree, is the open door of Yapton, which has long been described as a place where everyone’s door is open and is also on the village school’s badge.
The new window was installed last Friday by Derek after he created it in his Limelight Studios, near Market Harborough, in Leicestershire.
Much of its cost is being raised by Angela through donations and a host of fundraising schemes.