The Friends of St. Mary's:
The Friends of
St. Mary's exists to preserve the fabric of the building for
generations to come for the community in which we live. To
maintain this community icon, it is not possible without the
generous donations outside of our weekly church offerings from people throughout our local and world
2018 Programme -
If you can help us continue to
maintain this beautiful building please make a cheque payable to
St. Mary's PCC Appeal Account and post to:
St. Mary’s Parish
The Church Centre
If you would like to set-up a
monthly standing order or direct bank transfer please contact
the church office.
Personal donations by
UK tax payers can be enhanced by 25p for each pound given via
We will make sure to put your
donation towards any special request that you may have.
On the occasion of the dedication of the
Pentecost stained glass window in 2011
From left, Miss
Kate Allen benefactor of the Pentecost Window, which was
designed and made by Deborah Lowe. Standing next to
Deborah is the Reverend Canon John Harkin,
Vicar St. Mary's Church and Area Dean of Andover Deanery
and The Right Reverend Peter Hancock,
who was the Bishop of Basingstoke at the time.
The design of the Pentecost
Window features rushing winds and tongues of fire associated with
Pentecost. Swirling areas of blue spiral down the window with
flights of doves accentuating this movement, as they descend the
winds quieten and transform into patterns of harmony and unity.
The red orange and gold represent the red robes worn during
Pentecost and the flames in which the Holy Spirit came to earth.
Much use is
made of antique glass particularly ‘Streaky’ antique glass which
creates soft gradations in the fans of the dove’s wings.
Included in the window is a memorial to Kath Damen, who was a
faithful member of the church for many years: the image of a
swallow ‘hidden’ in the blue glass, which demonstrated the links
between us and Africa.