Winchester Consistory Court: Clark Ch, June 2005
A faculty was sought to replace the altar, which had woodworm and was 'heavy and cumbersome', with a smaller altar table in Parana wood (to match woodwork installed as a result of a faculty granted in 1992 to increase the size of the church). The proposed altar was of modern design with a central plinth. A mock up of the altar attracted almost unanimous approval from congregation and PCC. The DAC objected (in ambiguous terms) initially about the design and the wood chosen, and then (after a visit to the church) solely about the design stating that they were unhappy with an altar where wood seemed to imitate stone and felt that an altar with legs would be more appropriate. The petitioners petitioned for a faculty for the original design and materials pointing out that the wood chosen now seemed to be unobjectionable and that there are many church furnishing catalogues that displayed wooden altars with central plinths. The chancellor granted the faculty as prayed being satisfied that the petitioners had proved a necessity for it and that the altar would enhance the character of the church.
(2006) 8 Ecc LJ 376