Stained Glass Window in St. Andrew's Church Depicting St. Felix
St. Felix stained glass window in St. Andrew's Church was unveiled and dedicated at a
special service held on Sunday 8th September 2002 in memory of the late Wallace Turner.
In Memory of Wallace Turner 20th October 1914-22nd May 2000
A stained glass window in St. Andrew's Church in memory of the late Wallace Turner was unveiled and dedicated at a special service held on Sunday 8th September 2002. Some 400 people packed into the Church to see the new window which features St. Felix, who founded the monastery in Soham, and to hear Irish singing sensation, Daniel O'Donnell - Wallace's favourite singer - perform during the service. Mr Turner, known to many Soham people as 'Wal', who passed away on 22nd May 2000. The weekend also saw the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Wal's daughter Winnie and her husband Eric Day. Many Congratulations to both of them. The new window was formally dedicated to the greater glory of God on the Saturday 14th September 2002.
The designer, Helen Whittaker has written the following description of the window:-
"The focal point of the window is a life-size representation of St. Felix, vested as a bishop. He is shown holding a book in one hand and his other hand is raised in blessing. The middle panels of the flanking lights show the good works of St. Felix. The left panel depicts St. Felix and Sigbert planning the education of the people, with the arms of the University of Cambridge beneath: the right panel depicts the foundation of an Abbey. In the background is the church of St. Andrew's, which was founded after the Abbey was destroyed by the Danes in 870, with the arms of the Diocese of Ely below it. The See of Dunwich is represented by the rock upon which St. Felix stands. The Tree of Knowledge is shown rooted in the soil of East Anglia, represented by local scenes at the bottom of the side lights. The Tree rises, through the decorative borders, to the tracery lights, which are filled with leaves. Here can be seen the emblems of the four Evangelists."