Church Lawford company creates a gift for the Pope

The crozier.

The crozier.

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It’s not every day you get commissioned to work on a project for the Pope - but it’s happened twice to a business in Church Lawford.

Furniture company NEJ Stevenson was approached earlier this year by the Galileo Foundation on behalf of Pope Francis to design and create a bespoke crozier.

The intricately carved hooked staff, pictured above, is an emblematic Christian symbol and was commissioned as a gift for the Archbishop of Canterbury.

It features a detailed carving of a serpent’s head and a ram symbolising Jesus the Risen Lamb.

The crozier was presented by Pope Francis to Archbishop Welby at the historic church San Gregorio al Celio in Rome on Wednesday of last week, October 5.

But it’s not the first time the company has been asked to create something for the Pope. Back in 2010 it made bespoke pieces of furniture for Pope Benedict XVI to use on his visit to Britain in September of that year.

The company’s managing director Neil Stevenson said: “We are honoured to have been commissioned to create a gift of such religious significance and to be a part of this important tradition.

“We took great care and time in the design stage for this crozier, ensuring it closely resembles the symbolic St Gregory staff.

“This has been an extremely interesting and unusual project to work on and we do hope the Archbishop of Canterbury enjoys the piece.”

For more information on NEJ Stevenson, visit the company’s website: www.nejstevenson.co.uk