20 July 2015

Local Artist Gives Back to the Community

St-Mary's-altar-cloth-blessingArtist Paul Milton, Sussex Downs College alumni and British Dyslexia Association Ambassador, unveils his latest work at St Mary’s Church in Balcombe.

Paul, 31, from Haywards Heath, was approached earlier this year to design and create a piece of work for St Mary’s. ‘Hope’, the Phoenix Rises, is the new altar cloth and lectern frontals, taking pride of place in the church.

Paul’s inspiration for the St Mary’s altar cloth and lectern frontals came from the church. He wanted the Altar cloth to reflect the heritage of the church.

Sadly, the original cloth sadly was destroyed but Paul managed to salvage part of the original and incorporate it into the new one, like the phoenix rising from the ashes.

The piece was unveiled on Sunday 12th July at St Mary’s, blessed by the Archdeacon.

Artist-Paul-MiltonPaul comments: “The blessing was emotional and meant a lot to me as it was recognition of my craft.

“I would like to thank Reverend Desmond Burton, Penny Burton, The Archdeacon of Horsham West Sussex Fiona Windsor, Jeremy Quinn MP, Councillor Sandy Ellis former Hayward Heath Mayor the Balcombe Parish Councillors who attended and community and congregation of Balcombe who also attended. And I would especially like to thank Rosemary Corder for giving me this opportunity and for making this all possible.

“I wish the community of Haywards Heath and Balcombe well; it’s nice that I can return a piece of heritage to the community of Balcombe and for Sussex for the future.”

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