updated October 2010
Memorial Garden & Trinity Monument
The Dorothea Kirby Bells & Trinity Monument
find their resting place in St Mark’s Memorial Garden
When the Memorial Committee was created in 2004 to co-ordinate gift funds, we recognized the need for a solution for the three Dorothea Kirby Memorial Bells.
An idea, discussed by the committee from the start, was to create a memorial garden, to commemorate past and present parishioners. It was to be a garden of peace where people could gather. The original plan had a sculpture representing the Trinity – three bells, three angles – as a gateway to the path. Plans for both garden and sculpture changed over the years until a final proposal was accepted for the overall garden, pathway and bell sculpture.
In 2006, a simple A-frame concept, following the line of the church roof, was accepted by the Kirby family and the parish. After three years of working together a solution was found.
The memorial pathway was installed by Jonsyl Landscaping in the summer of 2009. It was dedicated on Thanksgiving Sunday 2009. The bell monument, a modified version of the original A-frame triangle, entirely in steel, was constructed by RPMetal, installed in May 2010, and dedicated on Thanksgiving Sunday 2010.
The garden itself is a creation in progress. There are plans for memorial benches, memorial bricks and new plantings around the pathway. The potential is as small or as large as our vision allows.
Cynthia Greer & Margaret Lodge
2010 Memorial Committee
The Memorial Garden & Trinity memorial sculpture proposal was presented for parish approval at Vestry February 2008. It went to a Special Vestry for final approval April 19, 2009. The memorial pathway was approved and installed in the summer of 2009. The bell trinity monument part of the proposal needed modifications. Memorial benches are to be installed and dedication bricks will also be available.
A modified Bell Memorial Proposal (see below) was approved at a Town Hall meeting January 10, 2010. The proposal was passed at Vestry, February 21, 2010.
Trinity Memorial Sculpture
The original A-frame was designed to follow the flow of the church roof, and to house the three Dot Kirby memorial bells. It was approximately 12ft long and 10ft high and 2ft wide, designed for a steel or concrete core and clad in wood.
The new modified A-frame will be 10ft long, 10ft high and 1.5ft wide. It will be made entirely of 1/4" painted steel. It maintains the shape and elements of the original, with added design details. It will be virtually maintenance free.
St Mark's Memorial & Gifts Committee: Cynthia Greer Margaret Lodge