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a York church heritage weekend are invited to admire its Victorian
stained-glass windows and in particular, the newly-restored rose window. On
25th and 26th June, St Oswald’s Church in Fulford will be opening its doors to
showcase the completed works.
follows a major programme of restoration on the rose window, made possible
thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF). St Oswald’s
received more than £50,000 which funded 75% of the project, with the remaining
25% being raised from within the church and local community. This event is
being run to celebrate the successful completion of the project, and it is
hoped that the weekend will help to educate residents from Fulford and beyond
on their church’s rich Christian heritage.
tours of the church, there will be displays detailing the restoration project,
artwork chronicling the church’s history, and games for children. On Saturday,
a stonemasonry demonstration will take place at 12.00pm and 2.00pm, as well as
a garden fete with stalls throughout the church grounds. The weekend will
conclude with Evensong on Sunday 26th June at 3pm, accompanied by the recently
uncovered and retuned organ.
Esson, of St Oswald’s Church, said:
community of Fulford has really drawn together to create a strong team with
helpers contributing in different ways - from offering a warm welcome for our visitors,
to preparing refreshments, to giving in-depth information on the history of our
stained-glass windows and their faithful benefactors.”
restoration of the stained glass is not the first large-scale building project
at St Oswald’s. Around the church’s 150th anniversary, the 150+ Project was
formed to ensure that the building was warm and wind- and rain-proof for
another 150 years.”
explained the impact the funding has had on the church:
donors’ generosity and additional grants, we also raised sufficient funds to
carry out ambitious repairs and restoration of the whole of our church roof.”
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