Let The Needle Do The Talking

An Exhibition of Meaningful Textiles by Pamela Pavitt

The autumn is a time of reflection. In the liturgical calendar it is time to consider the wonder of God’s creation, as we celebrate Harvest and give thanks for the sheer beauty and wonder of the World. We are privileged that Rev Alex Mabbs, Minister at Brighthelm and with special category ministry for raising awareness of environmental issues in Southern Synod is coming to lead our joint service on 23rd October.

Autumn is also a time of reflection as we remember those who lost their lives in war, their sacrifice, their passing on the baton of peace to us to cherish and work hard at reconciliation. Remembrance Sunday has a special poignancy as we remember the Battles of the Somme 100 years ago, and more recently see how many of our Paralympians lost limbs in more recent conflicts.

So it is wonderful that we have been granted the loan of TWO major educational textile resources from the Westhill Endowment. World Apart: Creation and the Environment will be on display at Trinity, and Peace and Reconciliation at Bromley Widmore Road. Both are by Pamela Pavitt.

Pamela had strong Bromley and United Reformed connections. Her husband, a URC Minister, served locally in Upper Norwood and Pamela trained at the art school in Bromley and taught textiles in London before returning to Bromley Art School as a member of staff. Subsequently she was a tutor in Croydon for ten years running City and Guilds embroidery courses. Sadly Pamela died in 2015 but her legacy lives on through her beautiful and meaningful textiles.

The exhibition will be an opportunity to reflect visually on these two important themes and will be an opportunity for us to invite and welcome visitors to share in reflection too.