restoration work is about to start on a piece of Cricklade
history dating back to the start of the century.
Work will soon begin on a fragile embroidered altar front which
was given to St Mary's Church, Cricklade, in 1905.
The intricate cloth, measuring 7ft by 3ft, took its designer,
Cicely Laura Butt-Miller several years to embroider and includes
the Snakehead Fritillary as one of the main motifs.
Although the special cloth still
the glossy colours of 90 years ago, it now needs to be rebacked.
After advice from a member of the Royal School of Needlewomen, a
restoration group of four paishioners will cut the design from
its original silk with surgical scissors and transfer it to a
The work, which is being carried out by Bernadette Yarnold, of
Ashton Keynes, Pat Charlton and Helen Lee, of Cricklade, and
Mary Pugh, of South Cerney, will take
months to complete.
Mrs Yarnold said: "We want to restore the embroidery
because it is a lovely piece of work, it took the lady who made
it some considerable years to create it."
A frame for the embroidery is being made by Friends of St Mary's
chairman, Tim Cheesman and will be set up in a room at Brook
House in the High Street, Cricklade --- the former home of
Cicely Laura Butt.