Loose change turned into stunning church

Rev Rosamund Seal, David Arnold, Rachel Flood, Stephen Johnson and Christine Penney marvel at a model of All Saints Church, Holbeach, made out of 1p and 5p coins by church officer Clare Stupples.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Rev Rosamund Seal, David Arnold, Rachel Flood, Stephen Johnson and Christine Penney marvel at a model of All Saints Church, Holbeach, made out of 1p and 5p coins by church officer Clare Stupples. Photo by Tim Wilson.

A Holbeach church member has used her creative mind to make a model of a town landmark out of loose change.

Clare Stupples has taken a year to create an impressive model of All Saints Church using 1p and 5p coins.

The model will be on display at this year’s Holbeach Community Flower Festival which starts on Thursday and runs through to Bank Holiday Monday.

Clare said: “I made a map of the world, using 1ps for land and 5ps for water, a few years ago and there’s been a matchstick model of All Saints in the church since the 1950s.

“So I thought it would be quite nice to make another model of the church and it took about 50 weeks to make it.

“It was built with help provided by one of our choristers, David Duncan, and I’d just like to thank him because without his help, I wouldn’t have been able to make the model.”

Organisers of the flower festival are inviting visitors to guess how many coins were used to make the model church, with a 50p donation for each guess requested.

The winner will receive ten per cent of the prize money to be given to their chosen charity, with the rest of the donations going towards church funds.

Vicar of Holbeach, Rev Rosamund Seal, said: “For the last year, Clare Stupples has been collecting 1p and 5p coins in order to make a two-foot long model of All Saints Church.

“A wooden model was initially made to scale by David Duncan and Clare has spent much of the past year building it up with 5p coins to represent the stonework and 1p coins to represent the windows, doors and the roof.

“After much research, she discovered that the best ‘glue’ to keep the coins in place is cheap lager, so she soaks all the coins before putting them in place and waiting for the 
lager to dry and the coins to set in place.

“There is now a great sense of urgency to get the model finished in readiness for the flower festival as Clare still has four inches of the tower left to complete and eight inches of steeple.

“But she is running short of coins so any more would be very welcome.”