Special record of a special church

Sabden book presentation
Sabden book presentation

A VERY special book was presented to Lancashire vicar Rev. Gill Dyer at a recent morning service.

The Rev. Dyer, vicar of St Nicholas Church, Sabden, was delighted to receive a bound volume containing a detailed record of the contents of the historic Grade II listed parish church.

The book had been compiled by members of the Church Recording Group from the Ribble and Craven branch of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.

It’s the result of many hours of painstaking work recording the details of the contents of the church’s interior.

The group was led by Mr David Waterhouse, who served as Church Recording Group leader from 2003–2011.

Up to 18 members worked to detail church memorials, metalwork, stonework, woodwork, textiles, paintings, library, windows and other miscellaneous items in the church, which was built between 1838 and 1841.

David said: “We made regular visits over three years. Copies are given to the diocese and church, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Monuments Centre at Swindon. It puts the information on a national level.”

Mrs Janet Cummings, Chairman of the Ribble and Craven DFAS branch, said: “We’re active in a number of volunteering fields, including church recording.

“We have recorded several churches. We’re also developing church trails for children, with one already completed for St Mary Magdalene Church in Clitheroe. We’re now working on one for All Hallows at Mitton.”

The presentation took place in the church hall, where services are currently being held whilst the church is closed.