This week we had four guest stencillers staying at Minsteracres, working in the Sanctuary of St Elizabeth’s Church – Karen Dundas, Shannon Miller, Rory Johnson and Annabelle Remnant.  Karen and Shannon work together as “Scottish Wall Painting Conservators“, whereas Rory and Annabelle are both freelance Conservators.  Rory, who is based locally in Humshaugh, Northumberland,  offers a thorough Painting Conservation and Preservation Service throughout the whole of North East England. Karen and Shannon often find themselves working within remote and isolated areas of the country north of the Border,  including historic houses, even Palaces and Castles!  Their talents include the conservation of painted ceilings, walls and decorative interiors.

The team have been working tirelessly on the  small mural tiles within the Church which have been exquisitely painted with fine paintbrush strokes to update and replenish the colour and design in the Church. The emblem incudes a gold “E” for St Elizabeth’s Church found in the middle and is surrounded by delicate green leaves which would appear to represent “The Tree of Life.”   Karen says “It has been a delight to work here at Minsteracres and we have all enjoyed working in the peace of St Elizabeth’s.”

A huge “thank you” to Karen, Shannon, Rory and Annabelle for all their hard work and expertise – it has indeed been a pleasure to have them stay with us at Minsteracres.   We wish them all the very best in their artistic ventures in the future!

We would also like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of one of our parishioners Bryony Gibson, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland who secured the much needed funding for this beautifully detailed work to be carried out.  This included a £1000 grant from the Sir James Knott Trust.