An Oxfordshire church’s designs for a new stained glass window featuring Sir Winston Churchill have been unveiled, to mark 50 years since the former Prime Minister’s death.
St Martin’s Church in Bladon, near Woodstock, the final resting place of Churchill, wants to install the new window on the south side of the building.
There is not currently a memorial to the Blenheim Palace-born politician inside the church, just a simple family grave in the grounds.
He died on January 24, 1965.
The window was the idea of St Martin’s Parochial Church Council, which has been working over the last 18 months to get the idea up and running.
Robert Courts, chair of the Winston Churchill Memorial Window Committee on the council, said: “We get thousands of people visiting each year on the tourist trail as they come up from London.
“But there’s nothing in the church itself, so we thought it would be a good 50th anniversary to have a stained glass window.
He continued: “For us it does the trick perfectly with the way the church is designed, and it makes our tribute to a secular figure but without it being cheesy.”
An image of Churchill is featured at the bottom of the window, with the main images being of St Martin on the left and St Alban on the right.
Other symbols include a butterfly – a favourite of Churchill – his bow tie, the V for Victory salute, and an image of barbed wire to represent his escape from a Boer prisoner of war camp.
Mr Courts added: “We thought we could kill two birds with one stone here by depicting St Martin, who currently doesn’t have a window in what is his church.
“So you’ve got religious figures when you first look at it, and then when you look in detail round the sides there are lots of objects that reflect Churchill’s life.
“It’s still early days as we’re getting the word out, but we’ve had a great response.”
Around £30,000 needs to be raised for the window.
To donate, go to churchillwindow.weebly.com.