Church’s bid for art restoration

CHURCH members at All Saints, Ashover, are searching for a professional art restorer to clean the centuries-old oil painting of the Royal Coat of Arms that hangs above the chancel screen in the church.

The work will be carried out to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The painting was purchased back in 1793 and probably replaced a depiction of the Stuart Arms.

Dr Nigel Early, who suggested the makeover, commented: “The painting now looks quite dirty”.

Local artist and art tutor John Wardle is to be asked to advise on how the work should be carried out.

The search is also on for a stonemason to update the internal stone plaque near the main entrance door which identifies the Rectors of Ashover since 1086. The list, which has not been updated since 1988, shows that there were only eight rectors in Ashover between 1621 and 1942.

Parochial Church Council secretary Keith Mellor is pursuing lines of inquiry suggested at the annual church meeting.