From December 6th and over Christmas we plan to ‘Light up Winchelsea’

Nativity window – Douglas Strachan

Over 50 households have already promised to create a festive window to cheer us up during these challenging times. Our chosen charity this year is St. Thomas’s Church at the heart of our community.

We hope that the centrepiece will be the lighting up of the beautiful windows in St. Thomas’s as it has some of the finest early twentieth century glass in the country. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they and the outside of the church were also lit throughout the festive season?

To light each of the nine windows and flood the outside of the church with light would be a truly remarkable sight and something we could all enjoy.

We need sponsorship

We need sponsorship for this part of the event and have already had some funds pledged towards it. We have found a specialist company to do the work. We need to raise £1000, so we are asking anyone who feels they can, to help out. £75 would help light a stained-glass window. £45 would floodlight one side of the church and £10 would help with the cabling.

We’ve got just a few weeks to raise the money so please give whatever you can afford to “Light up Winchelsea” and make this event a success. If we are fortunate enough to raise more than we actually need, that money will be channelled into the general fundraising effort.

You can sponsor the lighting of the church windows on our Crowd Funding page at

A general fundraising ‘Just Giving’ page will go live around the end of November.

Thank you on behalf of the Winchelsea Christmas Windows group 2020.

The Strachan Windows

The interior of the church was transformed after the Great War by the insertion of some of the finest stained glass of the modern era – a complete set of windows by Scottish artist Douglas Strachan.  These were dedicated in 1933 by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a service broadcast to the nation by the BBC.