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Donations needed to pay for stained glass

Last year's Banbury mayor Nicholas Turner is pictured in the town hall in front of one of the windows. ENGNNL00120140128155814

Last year's Banbury mayor Nicholas Turner is pictured in the town hall in front of one of the windows. ENGNNL00120140128155814

Residents and businesses can have their names recorded on a roll of honour by contributing £25 to a fund to install two new stained glass windows at Banbury Town Hall.

The fund was started by last year’s mayor, Councillor Nicholas Turner, during his term of office. He initiated a project to replace two plain glass roundels in the building’s main hall with stained glass designs.

Mr Turner said: “We would like members of the public to support the project by coming forward with donations.

“For £25 we will put the giver’s name – or that of a friend or relative – and a dedication on a scroll which will be displayed in the town hall.

“Anyone who donates more than £500 will have their name on a plaque in the town hall.”

The windows will commemorate the past and look forward to the future. One will look back 100 years in remembrance of the start of the First World War in 1914 and the other will celebrate the birth of Prince George, the future king of England.

The £16,000 cost of the scheme will be met by public donations and £10,000 has already been donated.

Mr Turner said: “The town hall is an iconic building and is part of Banbury’s heritage. It is Grade Two listed and a place to be proud of. Nicola Kantorowicz, who designed the windows for the prayer room at Katharine House Hospice, has created something special for one of Banbury’s most important buildings.

“The new windows will be an attractive addition and will feature two events that are of national importance and have local significance.”

The windows are due to be installed on August 4 to mark the war centenary.

The roll of honour book is available at the town hall’s reception where dedications can be written and contributions to the project can be made. For more information, call 01295 250340.

 

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