As the culmination of the events on Sunday 13th September 2015, celebrating the 250 year association between the Woodcock family and St Nicholas Church, a new stained glass window was dedicated and consecrated by Rt Revd David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke at Choral Evensong.
A new stained glass window has been installed at St Nicholas Church, Longparish, Hampshire in commemoration of 250 years association of the family of John Woodcock Esq OBE with the church. The new window - ‘The Four Seasons’ - makes a connection between the old church and the idyllic surrounding countryside.
John Woodcock was the cricketing correspondent for The Times for many years, and his sporting interests have also included fly fishing on the famous River Test for many years, following in the tradition of his father, a well-known fly fisherman. The cycle of life of the river depicted in the window celebrates the continuity of the family connection with the church and the parish. John was born in the Rectory at Longparish and has resided there, and the adjacent dwelling ‘The Old Curacy’ for all of his life.
The beautiful and peaceful River Test that runs close by beside the church has been the inspiration for the imagery in the new window to illustrate Psalm 1:3.
'And he shall be like a tree planted by the waterside, that will bring forth his fruit in due season. His leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth, it shall prosper.'
The life cycle of the brown trout passes throughout the seasons from Winter eggs amongst the gravel of the river bed, to adult fish leaping for flies dancing in the Autumn breeze. The Hampshire chalk stream water weeds flow in the swirling waters and provide shelter for the growing trout, flowering in the spring and summer warmth.
The window was designed and painted by stained glass artist Jude Tarrant AMGP of Sunrise Stained Glass Ltd, and fabricated and fitted by Sunrise Stained Glass.