Three ancient stained glass panels have been restored in memory of a First World War hero and former Warden of the Rochester Bridge Trust.
The work on the Filmer Armorial Window in St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church in East Sutton was carried out in memory of Sir Robert Marcus Filmer who died serving on the Western Front in January 1916, just weeks after receiving the Military Cross.
The Filmer family were prominent landowners in East Sutton and also had close connections with the Trust, which funded the restoration.
Russell Cooper, Junior Warden of the Trust, said: “This project has given us all an opportunity both to remember the contribution of our colleague, Sir Robert Marcus Filmer, to our ancient organisation and to the defence of our nation and also to honour the sacrifice of all those who suffered in the First World War and conflicts since to secure our freedom.”
Completion of the work was marked with a service of commemoration and rededication led by the Bishop of Dover. Among the attendees were members of the modern Filmer family, representatives of the church and local community, politicians, the Lord Lieutenant and the wardens and staff of the Rochester Bridge Trust.
Members of the modern Filmer family are pictured with Bridge Wardens, Lord and Lady De L’Isle, Rev Fiona Haskett, Rt Rev Trevor Wilmott, Helen Whately MP, Mike Harrison of Kent County Council and the Mayor of Maidstone Cllr Daniel Moriarty.
Rev Fiona Haskett, vicar for Headcorn and The Suttons, said: “I’m pleased to see so many people have pulled together to make this service happen. I’d like to thank the Rochester Bridge Trust, which has been the driving force behind the service. For a little church like ours it means so much for it to be shown in its best light.”
Five members of the Filmer family attended the service. James Filmer-Wilson commented: “Although the family no longer lives in East Sutton we still have a strong nostalgic feeling for the area and keep up to date with the local news. We are so glad to be here and see what has been done for the church as a place for bringing people together, it is wonderful of the Rochester Bridge Trust to have supported the restoration of this window.”
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A selection of pictures from the service of commemoration and rededication can be seen Facebook Photos.