Tuesday 12th May, 2015 - 3:58pm

Mousehole MVC have the privilege of using Paul Parish Church for its practices during the Summer months, as well as it being the venue for their Christmas and Summer Concerts. The surroundings are full of history, from the burn marks left by the Spanish Raid in 1595 on Mousehole and the surrounding area, to the commemoration of the sacrifice made during the First World War. The East window, is a visible reminder of the sacrifice made on our behalf 100 years ago. The unique and historically significant East window at Paul Church, installed in 1918, commemorates the death in action of Lieutenant William Torquill Macleod Bolitho and others from Paul Parish killed serving their country in 1915 and was designed by the notable Arts and Crafts artist Robert Anning Bell.

Unfortunately it is now in need of major repairs. The stonework around the window is crumbling due to its exposed position and some of the lead surrounding the glass is also in need of replacement. The cost of this work has been put at £135,000. The campaign to raise this funding officially commenced two weeks ago. To help with this funding Mousehole MVC donated half of the funding raised at their last Christmas Concert, which amounted to £1000. (The other half of the money raised went to Paul Methodist Chapel to help with their restoration costs.)

Lieutenant William Torquill Macleod Bolitho was killed in action on 24th May 1915, serving with the 19th  (Queen Alexandra’s Own Royal) Hussars and has no known grave. He is remembered on the Menin Gate (Panel 5) at Ypres. The centenary of his death is being remembered at the church service at Paul Church on Sunday 24th May 2015 at 10:30am.
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