Special blessing for stained glass windows at Scarning Primary School, near Dereham

Stained glass windows produced by school children were blessed at a special assembly today in a mid Norfolk village.

The pair of windows at Scarning Primary School, near Dereham, represent spring and autumn and are part of the building's main hall, which was finished in 2008.

At the blessing, Rev Edward Thornley, who is part of the Dereham and district team ministry which covers the town and six surrounding villages, said it was 'awesome' to be at the school.

The service was combined with a harvest festival celebration where all the pupils sang songs.

Alisha Holmes, 9, from Dereham, and Eva Hughes-Wade, 10, from Wendling, were chosen to sprinkle the blessed water on the windows, pupils and teachers from the school with rosemary.


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Eva said: 'They are really pretty. It was special to be involved in the blessing.'

Suffolk artist Terri Locton, who could not attend the celebration, helped 12 youngsters create the different coloured glass panes over one week in 2008.

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The final four pains, which feature a rabbit, mole, fox and badger were completed by the artist this year.

Money for the windows, which cost �4,000 to create, came from a grant and the Scarning School Trustees.

Rev Thornley, who is also a Scarning school governor, said: 'They are really beautiful and the service was really fun.'

Headteacher Grahame Chambers, added that the windows provided a 'spiritual' and cathedral-type feeling in the hall.

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