Paulsgrove church set for festive make-over

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ST Paul’s Church in Paulsgrove is set to get a new lease of life in time for Christmas.

A stained glass window is being designed to transform the church building in Allaway Avenue.

Each of the window’s three-panels will depict a part of St Paul’s life and represent key events by the use of different colours and shapes.

The first two panels will show St Paul’s journey before Christianity, with the third marking how Paulsgrove came to get its name.

The legend says that on St Paul’s travels, he stopped north of Portsmouth Harbour near a grove of small trees.

He realised the area was a good place to harvest crops, with its original name of ‘Pale Grove’ changing over time to ‘Pauls Grove’.

The design and manufacture of the window will be carried out by Sunrise Stained Windows, based in Southsea.

The firm will complete the work in time for the Christmas season. Jude Tarrant, who is working on the project, said: ‘It’s nice to make the window and residents are looking forward to the instalment.’