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Another case of shrinking congregations

21 June 2019


The complete set of miniature figures at St Peter’s, Folkestone

The complete set of miniature figures at St Peter’s, Folkestone

AN EXHIBITION that might have delighted Mary Norton, the author of The Borrowers, was due to be unveiled at St Peter’s, Folkestone, on Thursday, writes Madeleine Davies.

While there is no sign of Pod, Homily, or Arrietty, the Archbishop of Canterbury can be found among the miniature congregation, produced using a 3D printer.

Created by Strange Cargo, a community-based art charity, the tiny figures were scanned from more than 100 people from the parish, present at the Blessing of the Fisheries procession last year, as well as Archbishop Welby. The frieze was “designed to forge a renewed connection between the diminished fishing community and the church”, Brigitte Orasinski, the artistic director of Strange Cargo, said.

St Peter’s overlooks the harbour, and is known locally as the fishermen’s church. The procession has taken place every June since 1890s.

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