Chris Springham: Educator, Craftsman and Environmentalist.
A further tribute to the late educationalist
Nick Garr, the rector of the churches at Ranworth and South Walsham (the village to which Chris retired) conducted Chrisâ€™s service of thanksgiving. As Nick says, Chris was not only a well-respected educator but also a â€œgifted carver and designer, as well as a prolific artist.â€
Chris designed the embroidery on the kneelers at Ranworth church. He also carved with great skill a selection of new misericords at the church, and ensured they blended in with the medieval ones already in use.
To celebrate the Millennium Chris designed a tapestry that was 24 feet long, and would take 24 local needlewomen 24 weeks to produce. One of these women was Chrisâ€™s widow Brenda. The tapestry included images of the wildlife surrounding Chrisâ€™s South Walsham home, weaving together his obvious interest in the arts with an eco theme, drawn from the local environment which includes the important Broadland reserves.
Chris was not only a talented artist; he also involved himself enthusiastically with the local community, undertaking various tasks. He was a keen supporter of the St Lawrence Centre for the arts in South Walsham. He also repeatedly took on the role of Father Christmas at the village school: A role that would have suited his larger-than-life personality perfectly.
Date Added: August 1st 2008