A local woodworker has helped out a church in Sedbergh with a crafted gift for Christmas.

Al Hurst has donated two candlesticks, free of charge, to St Andrew's Church just in time for Advent.

They will be on display for the first time at a special Advent carol service on Sunday, December 3 from 6:00pm.

Reverend Andy Burgess, who commissioned the work, said: “Advent is an important time of preparation for the coming of Christ, both as a child in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, and for the future hope of his return in glory.

"By using these wooden candlesticks during Advent, instead of the usual gold and silver, we hope to encourage a spirit of self reflection and humility."

The Westmorland Gazette: The candles will be on display from SundayThe candles will be on display from Sunday (Image: Andy Burgess)

The candlesticks have been designed in order to reflect the traditional woodwork that exists in the chance - the area around the altar where the choir and clergy sit.  

Their shape and appearance also offers a modern design for a more contemporary look, highlighting how the church wants to place itself firmly in the modern day whilst also respecting its past.

"We’re very grateful to Al for his generous donation of time and skill to adorn the church in this way," Reverend Burgess added.

Al is an artisan from Westmorland, setting up Hurst Woodcraft thanks to his passion of creating 'beautiful, functional items from wood'.

Having always had a love for the natural world and an appreciation for wood, Al believed that learning to craft in this medium was 'inevitable'.

His company specialises in individually produced pieces, made to order for those who want a 'unique, beautiful but functional product'.

St Andrew’s is open daily, and the new candlesticks will be available to view during the season of Advent, which runs from December 3 up until December 24.