The Banner of the Blessed Sacrament is a magnificent work by Sir Ninian Comper, a local resident and member of this congregation, gifted by him to this church in the late 19th century. Its resplendent colour, poetic composition and religious imagery are exemplary of his visionary designs and his contribution to the Church of England. Silk, bejewelled and laced with gold thread, this exquisite banner is the handiwork of the Sisters of Bethany and members of the St. John’s Guild whom they had trained. Although its mastery remains evident, war damage to the church in the 1940s, and general neglect since, has left it in a perilous state. It is in desperate need of repair.
We have appointed a conservator to begin the work and are in the process of applying for grants to raise the necessary £16,000.
It is an exceptional work of historic significance whilst also being deeply rooted here, in this parish, where it ought to be seen and inspire worship.
The banner will be on display after Mass on Sundays throughout February when we will also have the conservator’s report available for you to read.
We are very grateful to Camilla and Nicholas Bucknall who asked guests at their wedding last September to donate towards the restoration, which has given the appeal a good start.