High Altar kneeler
We are making a new kneeler for the High Altar. Its predecessor gave up the ghost some years ago and since then we've been using individual kneelers made to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012 that were intended for the Lady Chapel.
We have formed a partnership with the charity Fine Cell Work who specialise in making beautiful handmade products in British prisons and regularly hold events in Holy Trinity Church.
We commissioned the artist Cressida Bell to come up with a design, encouraging her to draw on symbolism that speaks of the Trinity from which our church takes its name. Significantly, although our church building is awash with beautiful stained glass, sculpture and metalwork, there are very few objects which illustrate Trinitarian themes.
Cressida, the granddaughter of Vanessa Bell, a leading member of the Bloomsbury Group, and great niece of the writer Virginia Woolf, produced a stunning design which was approved by the Archdeacon of Middlesex.
The kneeler, which is 38 feet wide, has been made in five sections and took three years to finish.
We raised the whole cost thanks to two piano concerts performed by Edmund Lee, a member of the congregation, a donation by our former Assistant Curate Fr. Paul Gismondi and a gift to cover over half of the cost, from the family of Sally Morgan, who was, until her death a couple of years ago, one of our longest-serving worshippers.
The kneeler will be installed in April with a special blessing and dedication to Sally Morgan.