THE Bishop of Dorchester led a special service to mark the installation of new lych gates at St Leonard’s Church
THE Bishop of Dorchester led a special service to mark the installation of new lych gates at St Leonard’s Church in Watlington.
Rt Rev Colin Fletcher and Rev Christopher Evans, rector of the church, were joined by about 20 members of the congregation at last Sunday’s dedication. The oak lych gates and finial are exact copies of the originals which are believed to have been installed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee in 1901. Classic Joinery in Watlington made the new gates using the original Victorian iron.
Daren Brayne, joinery manager, and joiner Yoannis Urrutia Castro both attended the service. The Friends of St Leonard’s Church raised £4,000 to replace the gates as a result of the annual Christmas tree festival.
Janet Vaughan, who chairs the group, said: “The old gates had been very badly weathered and half of the cross was broken so it did look rather dilapidated. We are absolutely delighted by the new gates. The craftmanship is beautiful.”
The Bishop presented Mrs Vaughan with a plaque made of the same European oak as the gates in recognition of her work on the project.