Window is open to views

PUBLISHED: 13:31 22 November 2007 | UPDATED: 15:19 12 May 2010

Designer Dan Savage with, from left, the Rev Andrew O’Brien, Sally Wright and Mavis Howard – Pic: Daniel Wilson 2688

Designer Dan Savage with, from left, the Rev Andrew O’Brien, Sally Wright and Mavis Howard – Pic: Daniel Wilson 2688

RESIDENTS have been having their say on what they would like to see depicted on a new stained-glass window. Designer Dan Savage has been commissioned to design the window, which will form part of the new All Saints Community Hall in Melbourn. This week h

RESIDENTS have been having their say on what they would like to see depicted on a new stained-glass window.

Designer Dan Savage has been commissioned to design the window, which will form part of the new All Saints Community Hall in Melbourn.

This week he has been holding workshops at Melbourn Village College with residents.

He said: "As someone who doesn't live in the area, the worst thing I could do is come in and assume I know Melbourn.

"There is lots of history here, so we need a design that reflects the past, but is not stuck there.

"I've been getting people to think laterally about what the window could look like, and it's produced plenty of good ideas."

The Rev Andrew O'Brien, who organised the workshops, said: "The win-dow needs to reflect the past, present, and future of Mel-bourn.

"The community has to be involved because we need something which people will still connect with in 10 years time."

South Cambridgeshire District Council has provided a grant of £5,000 to part fund the window, and also helped in recruiting Mr Savage, who has worked on a number of similar projects in other parts of the country.

Cheryl Bennett, South Cambridgeshire arts development manager, said: "This will be a lovely addition to All Saints Community Hall.

"It's great to have a ­professional artist like Dan involved - he uses a ­technique that should ensure the window isn't vandalised."

Mr O'Brien added: "The community hall isn't quite finished yet, we still have some fund-raising to do.

"All being well, we hope the window will be installed around Christmas time.

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