St Mark's Church
year sees the 100th anniversary of St Mark's Church,
While we have been privileged to have
a church for several centuries, our present building
was completed in 1910, largely due to the generosity
of the Crewdson family.
are celebrating and commemorating this centenary milestone
in many different ways.
first event was a Special Service to launch the celebrations.
This was conducted by the Archdeacon of Westmorland,
The Venerable George Howe, at 10 a.m. on 14th
February in St Mark's Church.
Chandler, 28th January 2010
New Church At Natland
New Church at Natland is making satisfactory
reported the Westmorland Gazette in its
edition of Saturday 12th June 1909.
had been given to extending the Church, built in 1825.
The architects Austin
were asked to give their opinion, but they thought it
would be a waste of money as the building was in poor
condition. It was decided, therefore, to pull the Church
down and rebuild it to the architects' design. The
Westmorland Gazette report included the architect's drawing of the church
plus a detailed description of its dimensions
and construction. If
you click on the image below, you
can view a reconstruction of the full article.
foundation stone (pictured above right) for the fourth
Church in Natland was laid on 29th June 1909 by Colonel
Crewdson whose family had provided much of the money
for the new building. The Church was consecrated
on 7th November 1910.
Lancaster stone came by canal to Hawes Bridge and the
Darley stone for dressing came by train and was fashioned
on the spot. The font was carved in situ from one solid
body of stone and the pillar between the font and the
south door is said to be the largest in circumference
of any English Parish Church
feature of the Church is the very beautiful east window
installed in 1946 and designed by Gerald Smith. A
modern stained glass window was installed for the Millennium,
which includes a bug. Can you find it?
is hoped to install another stained glass window during
the St Mark's Church Centenary Events 2010 leaflet and
the 1909 article
which is reproduced with the kind
permission of The
Mark's Centenary Logo
you walk down the right hand aisle of St Mark's
Church and stop at the pillar between
the lectern and the Lady Chapel, you will
see in the pillar the foundation stone laid
by Colonel Crewdson in 1909,
referred to in the item:
New Church at Natland.
design of the carving in the stone has been
developed by David, Hilda
and Simon Walker to be the
logo for St Mark's Centenary.
Mark's Centenary Mugs
Mark's Centenary Mugs are now on sale
in Natland Church. They are available after
Church services and at Centenary events.
are white bone china mugs with a Royal blue
image of the foundation stone on both sides.
cost of the mugs is £4.75 each
can reserve mugs by sending an
we are not able to post them.
Walker, 26th February 2010
Mark's Centenary Mugs
June Centenary Weekend
weekend was a particularly busy one for St Mark's
Church as it continued to celebrate and commemorate
the Centenary of its present building. Saturday
dawned warm and bright with the promise of this continuing
throughout the day. All was set fair for the Summer
Fete and an army of workers under David
and Kay Tiffin buzzed around preparing
the many stalls from early morning ready for, what was
hoped to be, an influx of visitors in the afternoon.
event did not disappoint with the hot weather bringing
out one of the largest gatherings for many years. The
Fete kicked off with the arrival of two "old fashioned"
cars, a 1933 Austin owned by Bob Parkinson
and a 1972 Rover 2000 owned by Ross Pincott.
They brought with them to the gate of the Vicarage,
The Reverend Angela Whittaker, Dorothy
Howie whose grandfather built our Church, Ann
Packham and Wendy Balmer, two of
our senior parishoners. Wendy has attended our
Church for around seventy years. Between them
they cut the tape across the Vicarage gate to declare
the Fete open.
community flocked round the many stalls and there were
queues for the refreshments. Those who wanted
a "quieter" pace were able to sit in the Vicarage garden
and listen to the riveting music of the Lune
Valley Vintage Jazz Band.
The children were not forgotten with a variety
of games and activities on the Village Green. The
special attraction for them was a Punch and Judy Show.
The afternoon raised a much needed £2000
for Church Funds. The Parochial Church
Council are grateful for the support of all those
who helped with and supported the Fete.
day was not over and the Centenary moved on to the evening
with a Summer Serenade Concert
organised by Clive Walkley. There
were contributions from Pro Nobis, a Summer
Serenade Orchestra with leader Roland
Fudge and Nicholas Hurndall Smith,
a professionally acclaimed soloist. Many would
have their own favourite but a highlight of the evening
was undoubtedly Edward Elgar's Serenade for Strings.
Refreshments and a glass of wine served by Linda
Wood rounded off an excellent evening and day.
weather was a contrast and consequently the Songs
of Praise planned for the Village Green
took place in Church. For the second year running
we were charmed by the Kendal Concert
Band. Between them and the large congregation
and some very well known and loved hymns, the roof was
"raised." A collection made for the Band
was very generously returned to the Church. Once
again the evening was brought to a pleasant conclusion
with refreshments served by the Friends of St Mark's
Church of England Primary School.
next event in the Centenary Calendar is the Festival
of Flowers from 2nd to 4th July.
Chandler, 15th June 2010
Decades in Flowers
Mark's Church celebrated its Centenary this
weekend with a Festival of Flowers
commemorating each decade of its existence. A
report, plus more photos, will follow in a few days
time but meawhile here are the ten decades and their
usual, clicking on a picture opens an enlargement.
First World War
of the BBC
Blenkharn & Yvonne Sharp
Blenkharn & Yvonne Sharp
Fall of the Berlin Wall
4th July 2010
Festival of Flowers at St. Mark's
Church, held over the first weekend in July,
was well attended, building from a slow trickle on Friday
to a crowded church on Saturday and even the rain on
Sunday did not deter visitors. People came
from places as far afield as Bedford, Crewe, Durham,
Glasgow, Leicester, Norwich, Sheffield and Surrey to
see the excellent displays so professionally arranged
by a team of talented ladies. It is truly
amazing to know and experience the wealth of God's gifts
that exist in our community.
window depicted an event or events from the ten decades
of the last century using flowers and artefacts (see
Decades in Flowers).
Every window received glowing comments from so
many of the visitors but perhaps the 1910's window depicting
the waste of the First World War and railways in our
area along with the 1950's ascent of Everest were amongst
the most talked about.
First World War
Swainbank christening gown
the railway village
those experiencing hunger and thirst a wonderfully warm
welcome from the W.I. ladies awaited in the village
hall. The menu of soup, sandwiches, cakes and strawberries
was greatly appreciated by hungry customers.
Park, Doris Richardson, Audrey Cason, Kirsten Cannon,
Pat Tetlow, Marion Thornton,
Sylvia Shaw, Margaret
Lancaster, Caroline Lawson and Jean Dobson
Parochial Church Council and its Centenary Committee
wish to thank all those who contributed in any way to
a successful weekend for St. Mark's Church. A very special
thanks to all the flower arrangers who gave their time
and talents so willingly, to the W.I. for their excellent
catering and to all who showed their support by visiting
.Mark's Church Festival of Flowers is especially grateful
to the sponsors, all of whom are local business people
within our community, without whose generous support
the event would not have achieved such a successful
outcome. Over £2,000 was raised for Church
funds but it was the spirit of the community coming
together which undoubtedly was the highlight of the
Chandler, 9th July 2010
Mark's Church History Exhibition
part of the Centenary Celebrations there was a history
exhibition in Church from Friday 24th September until
Sunday 26th September. The exhibition illustrated
in a very simple way some of the events, international,
national and local which had happened in the last 100
Exhibition also showed changes in fashion over the period
and copies of old Parish Magazines.
the first arrivals at the St Mark's Church Centenary
Exhibition were the Year
5 pupils from St Mark's School. They were
using a History and Literacy session to learn about
the development of Natland & Oxenholme over
the past hundred years.
against the context of what was going on in the world
at the time, the exhibition provides a fascinating story
told through photographs, articles, clothing and other
artefacts. It should not be missed by anyone who
has an interest in the village or the church. These
photos of the displays gave you a flavour of what is
on offer but the exhibition really has to be seen to
be fully appreciated.
24th September 2010
Bishop of Carlisle preached at the service at St
Mark's Church on Sunday 7th November and
dedicated the new centenary banner that has been made
by ladies from our fellowship. The banner is now installed
on the south wall of the church.
Bishop also dedicated a new window which had been made
to remember Mrs Rena Blight who was a loyal
and hardworking member of the Mothers Union.
the request of Rena's husband Ben and family, it was
made and installed by Sarah Sutton (daughter
of Clive & Gill Walkley) of Northern
Lights of Kendal.
third picture is of coloured crosses (our Centenary
logo) that were coloured by pupils of St Marks school
and attached to the large pillar to form a cross.
Mike Bagnall, 8th November 2010