Doves Logo

Our logo has been chosen: ‘Aldermaston Doves’

Aldermaston Doves

Aldermaston Doves

Inspiration from Aldermaston Church

The logo for Project St. Mary’s has been inspired by the column capitals at the west door of Aldermaston’s St. Mary the Virgin Church. The doorway is  believed to be Norman from the 12th century.

1V4C1170_sml  South Column at West door 



Designed by Andrew Hazeldean when a potter at the renowned Aldermaston Pottery. He designed this for the ‘Memories ‘  book in 2005. This book, officially titled ‘Memories of Life in an English Country Village‘ was a collection of memories of Aldermaston villagers from the 1950’s to 2000’s.

Memories Book

Memories of Life in an English Country Village.

Andrew trained as a potter at Aldermaston Pottery and since 2006, when the pottery closed, he moved to Yarnton in Oxfordshire where he now runs his own business.

More images of Andrew’s work

The Symbolism of ‘Two Doves’

The symbol of two doves has ancient meaning and is the reason why they appear either side of the 12th century west door of Aldermaston Church. They’re meaning is  ‘love forever’,  translated into ecclesiastical terms this represents  God’s love.  

The Dove symbols at the entrance to Aldermaston Church are there as welcome to all those that enter this house of God.

The derivation comes from the fact that doves are a special breed and only choose one mate to be with for their whole  lifetime. If one dove dies the remaining dove will not find a new mate and will spend the rest of their lives alone.

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Sept 2014 Parish Magazine

Project St. Mary’s

Project Progress

As we mentioned last month, the project team has continued seeking help  from  experts in church restoration and buildings.  We now have a Topographical Survey of the area around the church which will be used to produce accurate plans for the new building. .

Awareness and Publicity

We have started to design and develop a project website that will be the entry point  for accessing all information relating to Project St. Mary’s including links to other sites .  We are also looking at other suitable communications media to spread awareness of the project and make it easier for people to find out what we are doing.

How can you help?

Now that the project is picking up pace we will be looking for help in a number of areas. For instance if you have any skills in writing website articles, drafting proposals, or just keen to offer help we would like to hear from you.  Please contact  Cynthia Newman at

Fund Raising

I am also very pleased to report that we have reached an important milestone towards  the funding for the initial planning and approvals stage by raising half of the target originally set.  A massive thank you goes to everyone who has contributed so far. To reach our initial target we only need another £2000 in donations as each amount is doubled by a local charitable funding scheme and tax benefits are usually claimable. To make a donation type Find me a Grant into your internet search engine and when you access the site select ‘Live Application’. Then type Aldermaston Church into the search box. Our bid will then appear.  Please note you can opt to be anonymous if you wish. For those not on the internet ,  please send donations c/o Revd Becky Bevan at The Rectory, Wasing Lane, Aldermaston, RG7 4LX.

Thank you for your support

Ian Cave

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