New St Aidan's Chapel Banner in Cuthbert House. Pictured Bishop of Jarrow, Dean of Durham with the broderers who worked on teh banner. Picture: Keith Blundy

The Very Red Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham has dedicated a banner specially commisioned for the St Aidan’s Chapel at Cuthbert House, Durham.

The banner which has been gifted to the Diocese by the Chapter of Durham Cathedral was handmade by the Cathedral’s Broderers and is based upon an ancient depiction of St Aidan.

New St Aidan’s Chapel Banner in Cuthbert House.
Picture: Keith Blundy

The banner was designed by Tracy Franklin who is a professional embroiderer based in Durham, and who also lead the team of Broderers.  The team have been working on the banner which was made in sections, for two and a half years, taking many hundreds of hours of work to complete.

Tracey said: “It was very special to work on the banner and to be present at its dedication.

“We used a range of traditional techniques to make the banner including: Appliqué, Stem stitch, and Couching. We used mainly silk fabrics and cotton furnishing fabrics, and we even used a gilt thread for the staff! “

The Dean of Durham said: “I was delighted to dedicate the banner and to see it placed behind the altar of the St Aidan Chapel. The work that has gone into the banner is exquisite and a real testament to the enduring skills of the Broderers who have worked on it.”

The key Broderers who worked on the banner are:

  • Cheryl Penna – worked most of the head – eyes, beard and hair, gospel, lettering, plus general making up
  • Angela (Angie) Dick – collar and cutting the beard, and hair, lettering, plus general making up
  • Lesley Nott – the staff
  • Pauline Hodgson – helped with some elements of the head, plus making up
  • Phillipa (Pippa) Foulds – making up
  • Tracy A Franklin – designer, overseer, and making up.


Saint Aidan, (born, Ireland—died Aug. 31, 651, BamburghNorthumberland, Eng.; feast day August 31), apostle of Northumbria, monastic founder, first bishop of Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, off the coast of Northumberland.

Aidan was a monk at Iona, an island of the Inner Hebrides in Scotland, when King Oswald of Northumbria requested that he be made bishop of the newly converted Northumbrians. Consecrated in 635, Aidan settled on Lindisfarne, where he established his church, monastery, and see near the royal stronghold of Bamburgh. Under his direction and that of his successors, Lindisfarne flourished as a leading ecclesiastical centre until the Danish invasions began in 793.

From Lindisfarne, Aidan evangelized northern England. He founded churches, monasteries, and, on Lindisfarne, a school for the training of ministers, among whom were Chad (first bishop of Lichfield), his brother Cedd (who converted the East Saxons), and Eata, abbot of Melrose. The Anglo-Saxon historian and theologian Bede praised Aidan for his learning, charity, and simplicity of life.

After Oswald’s death in 641, Aidan’s protector became the next king, Oswin. He died soon after Oswin’s martyrdom (Aug. 20, 651).

Source: [8/2/2018]

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