Bishop of Lichfield unveils new chapel doors at Telford's Wrekin College

By Lisa O'Brien | Telford | News | Published:

A school in Telford welcomed the Bishop of Lichfield to a special service as it unveiled spectacular new chapel doors beautifully crafted out of glass.

The Bishop of Lichfield with the new doors

The doors have been designed by contemporary glass architectural artist Jane Campbell and were officially dedicated at the service by the bishop, the Right Rev Dr Michael Ipgrave.

All pupils at Wrekin College and Year 5 pupils at the adjoining Old Hall School, which is part of the same trust, attended the service.

The doors have been created in memory of the Rev Desmond Minty, who was housemaster and chaplain at the school for more than 35 years.

Pictured from left, Elie Smailes,15, head Tim Firth, Laya-Jayne Ritchie, nine, the Bishop, Sarah Minty, Jane Campbell, Rev Michael Horton and Beau Rous, nine

Tim Firth, headmaster at Wrekin College in Wellington, said: “This is a very special event and means a great deal to all of us to be able to honour the memory of the Rev Minty in this way.

“Both schools have come together as a community to raise the money to help create these unique doors for the chapel and we have had enormous support from parents at both schools.


“It also recognises the value the chapel brings to both schools.


“A place where we congregate, celebrate, give thanks and reflect.

“And while we are a Christian foundation we welcome all faiths and this is a place where we all come together and are glad to do so.”

Mr Firth also thanked those who had supported fundraising efforts for the scheme.

New artistic glass doors have been installed at the chapel in Wrekin College


These included the Minty family, the Old Windsorians, The Old Wrekinian Association, the Friends of Wrekin College and The Friends of The Old Hall School, together with the Martyrs Memorial Trust.

Mr Minty, who died in 2014, aged 88, worked at the school from 1951 to 1986.

Artist Jane Campbell has also created the Chertsey Hospital sculptural wall feature ‘hope and uplift’ and entrance doors in the accident and emergency wing opened by Prince Edward.

Lisa O'Brien

By Lisa O'Brien
Senior Reporter - @lisaobrien_Star

Senior reporter based at Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.


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