Our logo has been chosen: ‘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.
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.
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.
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.