21st Feb, 2020

Mayor's call to 'pack out St Stephen's Church' for Redditch civic service

Ross Crawford 17th Jun, 2018

THE Mayor of Redditch has extended an open invitation to the people of the town to join her for her civic service in October.

Councillor Juliet Brunner was speaking after attending the civic service for the new Mayor of Droitwich, Coun Christine Bowden.

Mayor Coun Brunner said: ”It is a privilege to represent Redditch at these civic services.

“I will be holding my own civic service in October and I would like to invite residents to attend and celebrate and hopefully pack out St Stephens Church!”

The Mayor also attended the re-dedication of the great West Window at Worcester Cathedral on Sunday, June 10.

She was joined by fellow Redditch County Councillor and authority chairman Coun Brandon Clayton for the event.

The stunning West Window was made in 1875 by the great Birmingham glassmaker John Hardman Powell, and it was the gift of the then Earl of Dudley.

It shows the story of the creation of the earth and all the animals in it as described in the first chapters of Genesis.

In the service on Sunday the Very Revd Peter Atkinson told the congregation: “The window reminds us that we have a responsibility for all living things, plants and animals.

“We human beings are here simply as stewards – it is not for us to plunder the earth for our own comfort, regardless of the damage we do.”

Mayor Coun Brunner said: “It was a wonderful service of dedication to a truly awesome window.

“I would encourage everyone to go and look at a piece of our county history.”

The great West Window was re-dedicated following a period of extensive repairs, part of a project funded by the First World War English Cathedrals Repair Fund of which Worcester Cathedral received nearly £900,000.

The Mayor is hosting her Equity Tea Party marking the centenary of (some) women getting the vote at Redditch Town Hall this Saturday, June 16 from 11am to 1pm.

She will be joined by local MP Rachel Maclean and everyone is encouraged to bring a cake and pop along.

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