Charnwood Road Baptist Church

New Banner Unveiled

For the last three years ladies of the church Banner Group have been putting together a new banner which involved the whole church fellowship.  Pam  Frost got the idea when she visited a church in Newbury and saw an enormous banner which had been crafted by lots of different people. Pam got to work designing and preparing a plan for the banner and in April 2011 the ladies of the Banner Group met and started to put together kits consisting of a square of material together with buttons, beads, embroidery thread etc., the only stipulation being that somewhere on the square there should be a cross.  Members of the church, friends, family, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Girls Brigade and others were invited to take a kit home and return it when finished.

     The last stitches     Fixing the completed banner to the frame

By February 2013 all 962 squares had been returned by 159 stitchers and the Banner Group ladies began the assembly work which proved to be a mammoth task .  By March 2014 all the squares had been stitched together, the completed size being 5’5” by 7’10”.   A frame was made by church member Alan Todhunter and the banner fixed on.

The completed banner


The banner was unveiled during the morning service on Sunday 13th April and it was a truly magnificent sight. Sue Sturmey was singled out as champion stitcher because she had stitched 127 squares and wooden spoons were awarded to Rev. Howard Ketton and Deacon Kenny Henry for being the last to return their squares.  It was not all plain sailing with many frustrations but well worth the time and effort put in by everyone and will give much pleasure for many years to come.

Pam with completed banner    The Banner Group