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World at War Window

14 November 2014 | Updated 01 January 1970

An impressive project to mark the Centenary of the First World War has been installed in St Matthew’s Church in Stoke-on-Trent. Spanning 50ft x 10ft, the stained glass window depicts six soldiers, loaded with kit, trudging across an embankment in Ypres, Belgium.

With 48 panes of glass to fill and a deadline of the church’s remembrance service on 9 November, the project was a daunting one. Project organiser, Frank McGregor, employed the help of local school children to create the designs for the border, and RegaLead to supply the coloured films.

“In the run up to the centenary, many churches have incorporated plaques and memorials and while thinking about what to do at St Matthew’s, we realised that the church would really benefit from a stained glass window, so we thought this would make a great tribute and would look lovely with the sun streaming through the coloured glass,” explained Mr McGregor. “We approached local businesses for a sponsor in order to buy the materials and one, Modern Glass, showed us a RegaLead brochure and recommended we speak to them. We were delighted when they offered to supply the coloured films and also cover the cost of 50% themselves.”

The project is continuing for the next four years, and there is a plan to add more colour in time for next year’s service to keep it fresh and new. Any leftover donations are going to the Help for Heroes charity.


Pictured: The impressive 50ft x 10ft, stained glass window at St Matthew’s Church, depicts six soldiers, loaded with kit, trudging across an embankment in Ypres, Belgium

Article written by Mike Gannon | Published 14 November 2014


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