Golden anniversary of Norton church set to be colourful affair
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The golden anniversary of a church’s consecration promises to be a colourful affair.
Guests of honour the Bishop of St Albans Alan Smith and Trevor Wilmott, Bishop of Dover, will be attending St George’s Church in Norton tomorrow for a special service at 10.30am.
The pair will be joined by past and present members of the clergy for the anniversary – exactly 50 years ago to the day on July 27, 1964.
The church was consecrated by the-then Bishop of St Albans after the community rallied together so a second church could be built alongside the ancient parish of St Nicholas in Norton.
The need for a second church came as a result of the development of the Grange estate in Letchworth after the Second World War, and members of the community gave money on a weekly basis to support the project.
The eventual cost of the building – designed by architect Peter Bosanquet – was £46,000,
One of the distinguishing features of the church’s interior is the figure of Jesus Christ which hangs over the sanctuary and is flooded with light from the fibreglass window below.
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On Sunday the inside of the building will be decorated with displays from last weekend’s flower festival, also organised to mark the milestone.
Flower festival co-ordinator Michelle Rigby said: “Flower arranging friends from around the region joined the church team in putting on a wonderful display interpreting the golden anniversary and the church’s work in the community.
“Many visitors had seen the construction of this Letchworth landmark, including a man who helped build the church and remembered climbing the spire during his lunch to wave to his wife who worked at a nearby factory!”