MEMORIAL WINDOW FOR
ST MARK'S CHURCH, HERSTON,
DORSET

by Amanda Jensen

It was a great honour to create this stained glass window in memory of two special ladies - Lilian Keats and Irene Makin. I was fortunate to have known one of them (Irene ), and was married in St Mark's, where the window is installed in its Lady Chapel.

I was commissioned to make the window by Mike Keats and Chris Makin, sons of Lilian and Irene respectively. Mike provided a sketch of how he wanted the window to look  and I turned this into a workable design.

The design features a handpainted dove, representing the Holy Spirit, with beams of light shining on the Purbeck Hills in the area of Dorset home to Lilian and Irene. The daffodils were Lilian's favourite flower, and the stone wall background for the inscription represents the dry stone walls that are prevalent in this stone quarrying area.

We had to wait for the necessary faculty awarded by the Salisbury Diocese, and after a few delays due to the Covid 19 pandemic, approval was granted. The window was fitted at the beginning of May 2021 by the team from Salisbury Cathedral. There will be a service of dedication for the window in due course.

 

Let's hope it signifies hope for a brighter future after the traumas of 2020/21.

St Mark's Church Memorial Window

St Mark's Church Memorial Window

The new stained glass memorial window fitted in the Lady Chapel of St Mark's Herston

St Mark's Church Memorial Window

St Mark's Church Memorial Window

The new stained glass memorial window fitted in the Lady Chapel of St Mark's Herston

Close-up of handpainted daffodils

Close-up of handpainted daffodils

Lilian Keat's favourite flowers

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

Handpainted dove depicting the Holy Spirit

Inscription

Inscription

The dedication to Lilian and Irene