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Village gift of 'joy and truth' OFFCHURCH MARKS MILLENNIUM WITH STAINED GLASS WINDOW.

Byline: RACHEL PINDER

A SPECIAL service of dedication will be held next month at a south Warwick- shire church to celebrate the installation of a new stained glass window.

The new window at St Gregory's Church, Offchurch, is the culmination of a village fundraising project to mark the millennium in a permanent way.

Villagers raised more than pounds 2,500 through donations to pay for the window, which will be dedicated by the Suffragan Bishop of Warwick during the service on September 3. The Circle Singers , based in Leamington, will provide the music which will include a specially-written piece, Spirit of Truth.

Following extensive consultation in the village to select a design which would show both optimism and joy, stained glass artist, Roger Sargent of Barnbrook Designs, who lives in Offchurch, was commissioned to design and make the window, which is called Into all Truth.

This is the third millennium window Roger has created for churches in Warwickshire, and he says it was technically the most challenging, as it involved extensive acid etching of the surface of the glass to create gradations of colour.

He said: "The design is dominated by a red shape that increases in size and strength as it reaches upwards, and incorporates flowing colours of blue, gold and purple to convey a sense of movement and change - the result of understanding the truth about ourselves."

Offchurch parishioners and visitors are delighted with the new window at the 12th Century church.

The Rev Tim Britton, said: "It is a very beautiful piece of work, which present and future residents of the village can be proud of. Abstract art leaves much more to the imagination and to one's own interpretation, and for some people that can be very helpful.

"I like the fact that stained glass gets its beauty from the light shining through it."

St Gregory's churchwarden, Francis Daniell, said: "I think it is beautiful, light and thought-provoking. It enhances the colours and ambience in the church."

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MARKING THE MILLENNIUM: Stained glass artist Roger Sargent and project co-ordinator Janet Seaton with the new window in St Gregory's Church, Offchurch. Picture: MARK RADFORD; VILLAGE PRIDE: The Rev Tim Britton
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