Thanks be to God for this wonderful day! Happy St James’ Day, everyone. A slight sprinkling of rain but we carried on worshipping nonetheless! We were privileged to be led in our service by Bishop Andrew, Bishop of Ramsbury, and Rev’d Tim, and joined by Rev’d Claire Maxim, the previous incumbent who instigated the window project, as well as the artist, Sophie Hacker sophieartstory. It was a great celebration of our new stained glass window, now duly blessed by the Bishop. We enjoyed a hog roast and lots of delicious food, and thanks also go to those who played and sang at the open mic. The clouds and rain sprinkling couldn’t dampen our joy at God’s faithfulness to us! Thanks to everyone who contributed and came to our service. It was great to see you and enjoy your company as we marked this important day.
On Sunday 25th July, our morning service at 10am will be led by Bishop Andrew, Bishop of Ramsbury and our own Rev’d Tim, and will not only celebrate St James’ Day but will also include the blessing of ‘The Revealing Glory and Renewing Hope’ stained glass window. After the service there will be refreshments and a time of fellowship together, to enjoy food and good company, all set in our beautiful churchyard. We hope you can join us in celebrating St James’ Day in this special way.
We will also have an open mic during the refreshments, when members of our wider community will share a song or two, singing or playing a musical instrument. If you have a song you would like to share as part of our festivities, please do bring it along. We have a mic and a speaker capable of taking a pickup, if you wish to use them. 😊🎶
We are in the final week before Rev’d Tim sets off on his sponsored bike ride of 70miles in aid of our stained glass window project! Please sponsor Tim, either online here: https://pay.collctiv.com/tims-sponsored-bike-ride-1971 or by putting your sponsorship through the door of the Rectory at 10 St James Street.
You might also like to join us in the late afternoon of Sunday 13th June when we will welcome Tim in the churchyard at the completion of his ride for coffee and cake. Exact timing will be advertised on this page on the day, but we think it will be between 4pm and 5pm. Or ride the final stretch from the layby at Wellington Academy to the churchyard to support him. Again exact timing on the day.
All in aid of a once in a generation installation of stained glass to celebrate our place of Ludgershall and God’s goodness to us. Amazing!
Hello everyone. 👀 Look at these latest pictures of our stained glass window, being leaded, before installation! Don’t forget Rev’d Tim’s sponsored bike ride raising money for the window project – please give generously! 🚴🏼🚴🏼🚴🏼More info about the bike ride at the link below, or donate directly for the window here: https://pay.collctiv.com/window-fund-18042
On the afternoon of Sunday 13th June, our very own Rev’d Tim Laundon will cycle an ambitious circular route to raise money for our Stained Glass Window Project, which is being created by artist Sophie Hacker.
Tim will set off from St James, and take in four other pieces of stunning art produced by Sophie : first, a cross in the chapel of Winchester Hospital, then the Baptism Window at St John The Baptist Church, North Baddesely, the Calling Window at Romsey Abbey, and finally the cross at Sarum College, Salisbury, before making his way back to us at St James Church, Ludgershall, via Holy Trinity, Tidworth. It is a 70mile route.
Ways you can help:
1) Please sponsor Tim either online at this link: https://pay.collctiv.com/tims-sponsored-bike-ride-1971, or by popping your sponsorship, clearly labelled, through the letter box of the Rectory at 10 St James Street. All money raised goes directly to pay for our new beautiful stained glass window.
2) Join us to welcome Tim back to the churchyard for coffee and cake on the afternoon of Sunday 13th June, to celebrate his accomplished ride! More details on this to follow.
3) Tim will stop in at the Wellington Academy lay by on his way back, so some of us, including any younger riders can ride the last victorious 1km, which is on a cycle lane, not on the road. Those wanting to do that can meet there late afternoon – look on our Facebook page for timing details closer to the day.
We are tremendously excited by the progress of the stained glass window. Please support the project and Tim in this cycling-offering to raise awareness and funds to complete the installation! Thank you!
Artist Sophie Hacker has finished the work of etching, painting and layering up the layers of glass that make up the beautiful window she has created for our very own Brydges Chapel at St James Church here in Ludgershall. These pictures show our Churchwarden, Julie Walker, visiting Sophie in Holywell to see this wonderful progress. The window is being viewed from above against a light box to give a feeling of what it will look like against the sunlight when installed. Julie tells us that it is even more beautiful and astonishing when seen in person. The next step is for the glass to be leaded, to bring the three panels together ready for installation!
So far, of the £22,000 total we will need to pay for this exciting stained glass installation, we have raised a brilliant £11,937. We would like to involve as many people in our local community and beyond in this project as we can, and so if you would like to contribute, it doesn’t matter how small or big a donation you make, you will have helped bring this project to completion. The window will be something that is there for generations to see and visit and enjoy.
To make a donation online, you can do so here: https://pay.collctiv.com/window-fund-18042. Thank you!
Here is the latest process our glass is being put through – masking. Revd Sophie Hacker, the artist making the window says, “I know it looks messy but this is such fun! Using the bitumen to make the masks for when [the glass] goes in the hydrofluoric acid. It’ll give the most wonderful textures and subtle colours.”
Isn’t it fascinating? Thanks, Sophie, for letting us see your process of making.
Thank you so very much to those who have already used our online payment system to donate towards the window project! If you would like to donate it is straightforward at this link to our website: https://stjamesludgershall.com/donations/
Just look at this glass! This is some of the coloured glass which will make up our amazing new stained glass window. It is slowly but surely taking shape – so exciting! If you would like to donate towards this project, you can do so here: https://stjamesludgershall.com/donations/