Schools Decorate Pilgrim’s Shells

Church in Wales Schools across the Diocese are being invited to take part in producing a permanent memorial for the Year of Pilgrimage.

Each school has been given one scallop shell – a traditional symbol of a pilgrim.

They are being asked to decorate the shell as beautifully as they can and once the shells have all been collected, the plan is to create a sculpture of a fish with each shell forming one of the scales.

The picture above shows the first shell submitted for the project painted by children at Ysgol Trelawnyd, representing the Gop Hill.

School FishDiocesan Schools Officer Simon Cameron said:

“The fish has been a Christian symbol since the days of the early Church, where the ICHTHYS was used by Christians to identify themselves.

“It also features in the legend of St Kentigern, where he recovered the Queen’s lost ring from a salmon so it’s a doubly fitting theme for our pilgrimage memorial.”

Now local artist Neil Dalrymple of Ruthin is pondering how to turn 50 scallop shells into a pilgrim fish.

Once finished, it is hoped that the sculpture can be displayed in the Cathedral, before moving to a permanent new home in the Cathedral grounds as part of the redevelopment plans.

Please return each decorated shell to Simon at the Diocesan Office, High Street, St Asaph LL17 0RD.

Please email Simon for more information.