This week in 1974: Schoolboys build altar for a church

Boys of Paulsgrove Secondary Modern school presented Paulsgrove Parish Church with an altar they had made.

Wednesday, 12th July 2017, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:39 am
Four of the seven boys involved in the making of the freestanding alter for Paulsgrove Parish Church 4689-1

The altar enabled the Holy Communion to take place with the priest facing the people.

It would replace a temporary altar that was used because moving the High Altar was not aesthetically satisfactory.

Seven boys worked together on the project.

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After they finished their CSE exams, they wanted some useful practical work to tackle before leaving school.

The altar was designed by a staff member, Mr Waller, who became head of the Technical Department the following term.

The boys involved were: Simon Dunford, Michael Coats, Martin Jervis, Keith Dollery, Martin Parsons, Kevin Barber and Steven Gibbs.