Getting down to the hard work: Stained glass artist Derek Hunt prepares to start removing the old window in St Mary's Church.
Not far to go: Derek Hunt is pictured with what is left of the old window.
It takes two: Jon Greenaway and Derek Hunt hard at work removing the old window.
Above and below: Removing the old window. Pictures by Phil Balding.
You've been framed: Jon Greenaway and Derek Hunt tidy up before adding the new window.
A fitting tribute
Seeing is believing, or so they say, but I have seen and still find it hard to believe that stained glass artist Derek Hunt has created such a beautiful window for our refurbished church, writes Phil Balding.
I was privileged enough to be the only person on a brisk November morning to watch Derek, along with his helper Jon Greenaway from Birmingham, fitting the new memorial to benefactor John Plumb who left £1.3m in his will towards the Re-ordering Project in our beautiful Grade I Listed building.
And what a fitting and fantastic memorial the window is. Entitled “The Tree of Life,” it is a colourful and vibrant piece which makes reference to the many things associated with Melton Mowbray including St Mary’s Church, painting the town red, the Town Estate, the Borough Council, the Butter Cross, a Leicestershire fox and pheasants, Stilton Cheese and a pork pie! There is also a reference to John Plumb in the bottom right hand corner.
But if you want to see Derek Hunt’s work you will have to wait until Wednesday, December 13th, at 7.30pm when a Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the re-opening of the church and the dedication of the new stained glass window will take place.
Amongst those attending will be the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, and the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton, who is patron of the 'Heart of St Mary's' Project.
Melton Mowbray Team Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, will lead a procession back from the council offices in Parkside to the church at 6.45pm prior to the service.
The service will be followed by refreshments served in the church and everyone is welcome.
To find out more about Derek Hunt and what gave him the idea to make the new window for St Mary's Church click here.
Easy does it: Jon Greenaway starts to fit the bottom piece of the new window in St Mary's Church.
Derek Hunt is pictured above in his Limelight Studios in Medbourne, where he made the new window, and below with part of the new design.
Think of Melton Mowbray and you think of... a pork pie and Stilton Cheese...
... a Leicestershire fox...
... and painting the town red... and it is all in the new window!