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The links between the Nutbourne community and parishioners at Our Lady of the Assumption were strengthened when the glass panels were brought from Nutbourne, together with the altar and other artefacts. One of the original donors was Dr John Cummins’ family. He reflects on the effect of this contribution to the new arrangements at Bosham.
(These extracts are from Dr Cummins' article on ‘Belonging, Giving - Stained glass Windows & other things)
"For most of my settled adult life, I have been lucky to belong to a church community which was special. It seemed bigger than the sum of its parts, enabling each person to greater spiritual endeavour than would have been achieved alone Communal worship complemented individual prayer. People gave time & effort on behalf of all, and spirits were uplifted. At times of personal sorrow, this was my great comfort & source of constant support. This was our Church at Nutbourne.
Not surprisingly, over the relatively short time of its existence, many people have marked their gratitude of belonging in that community with gifts to the chapel.
Now after some thought, some of these treasures are being given new life & the messages will continue to flow. Most prominent are the stained glass windows depicting four of the joyful mysteries, now installed in Bosham Church in felicitous fashion. Everyone seems to approve . Together with the altar from Nutbourne, they make a new focal point for worship. Perhaps they will stimulate further constructive action. Ah ! More on that later, firstly a brief history on these items.
Majella Taylor trained at Hammersmith College of Art. She was fascinated by the glass screen at the restored Coventry Cathedral and trained in stained glass design, carrying out national commissions. Majella is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, and a Freeman of the City of London. She engraved a lamp for St Richard's Blessed Sacrament Chapel, and is preparing a booklet on the Loire Glass panels.
There are other treasures looking for appropriate homes, gifts from among others, the Northover family, Mrs Sainsbury & Mrs Weekes. These include statues of Our Lady & the baby Jesus, St.Joseph, a crucifix of Christ Triumphant, a large beautiful Crucifix, the organ, antique chairs and four carved & gilded altar candle-sticks.
There have been offers to relieve us of some of these 'burdens' [pace, Fr. Jonathan!], but their message should not be deflected. They belong in our community, our Parish That may stimulate like-minded people to similar action. For instance, what about the fifth joyful mystery? Majella is willing to undertake this task to complete the set.