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Church receives commemorative kneeler from art society
5:55pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
A VILLAGE church has been presented with an embroidered tapestry kneeler to commemorate the work done by an art society in recording the church’s contents.
St Michael’s Church, in Well, near Masham, was presented with the kneeler by the North Yorkshire and South Durham branch of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) which started church recordings around 40 years ago.
Each recording lists, in considerable detail with photographs, all the property in the church and presents the findings in a leather-bound book.
The society realised in 1973 then they started the recordings that many churches did not know exactly what they owned, or more importantly the history and significance of the property.
The recordings of St Michael’s took place between 1991 and 1994, and were instigated by Ruth Sampson, a supporter of the church and a member of the North Yorkshire group.
A team of 18 people, from the congregation and from NADFAS, catalogued everything in nine specific areas: memorials, stonework, metal and wood, textiles, windows, paintings, the library and miscellaneous.
Members of the group have celebrated the 40th anniversary of church recording by making and presenting to St Michael’s the kneeler inscribed with the NADFAS Crest.
Four of the team, Brigid Heron, Sue Longdridge, Vanessa Thomas and Liz Dodsworth, who made the recording, were able to attend with members of the congregation and local NADFAS members.
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