Late in 2018, the Chaplaincy mourned the loss of one of our retired clergy, who continued to support our mission and ministry - Reverend Robin Harry Fairbrother. The congregation at Alet-Les-Bains wanted to create a permanent memorial in Robin's memory in such a way that we would be able to think of him during our worship.
We therefore turned to Mr Bryan Webb and his wife, Rev Mrs Eileen Webb, both of whom are regular members of our congregation (and clergy team) when they are visiting us from the UK.
Bryan is a skilled wood turner, and both our cross and altar candlesticks are examples of his previous work for us. We now asked him if he would create an altar lectern (book stand) on which both our printed orders of service and our tablet computers could rest during Communion services.
On Easter Sunday, Bryan unveiled his magnificent handiwork, which was carried to the altar in procession and then blessed into service by Rev Eileen. It was immediately put to good use as Canon Tony Jewiss celebrated Easter Morning Communion for a very full church.
We are deeply grateful to Bryan for his skills and creativity in providing us with something by which we can remember Robin every time we celebrate Communion.