All Saints' and Salutation parish in Blackwell, Darlington, was created after an Order of Council in November 1998. The area it serves had previously been the responsibility of two Darlington town centre Parishes, St Cuthbert's and Holy Trinity.
All Saints decided to invest in new benches from Treske. They have been designed to be graceful and light in weight but strong. A combination of more than 40 bench pews of 1.65 metres and 3.3 metres in length were supplied so that various layouts of blocks of seating and aisles can be arranged to suit different occasions. The choir use the same benches but on the back there are removable readers while freestanding readers front the choir and pews.
The seating ticks all the environmental boxes - and are a visual delight to anyone who appreciates good design in furniture. Canon John Dobson, Vicar of Blackwell, agrees and is also very pleased with the performance of the new seating from Treske. "The benches are brilliantly flexible and proving much easier to move than chairs for smaller services and informal worship."
Treske also designed and made flower stands, an Aumbry door and frame, wardens wands and an offertory table, to match the furniture, as well as refurbishing and extending the original paneling behind the altar brought from Holy Trinity.
The benches are brilliantly flexible and proving much easier to move than chairs for smaller services and informal worship.
Canon John Dobson, Vicar of Blackwell
New sanctuary furniture designed and made by Treske joined the original benches made by Treske in the 1980's as part of a major reorder and reorientation of the church.
As part of a wide-ranging modernisation of the interior of the church, which was completely emptied of the old box pews, Treske designed and manufactured 36 oak stacking benches, 24 oak side chairs and 16 oak armchairs, together with a special altar table.
Treske designed and made freestanding pews and altar furniture as part of the recent reorder of St Michaels and All Angels.