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Camborne engineer John Woodward brings light to Phillack Church in Hayle

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 17, 2013

  • Angela and John Woodward of JW Engineering who fabricated the LED cross on Camborne Parish Church, pictured in their workshop near Camborne. : Colin Higgs

  • The new illuminated cross on the tower of Camborne Church which was built and erected by JW Engineering. : Colin Higgs

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A GIANT illuminated cross hanging from Camborne Parish Church was created by a former Holman's engineer in a new venture to bring cheaper light sources to the town.

John Woodward, who runs JW Engineering, built the LED prototype after seeing a similar light at Phillack Church in Hayle.

Mr Woodward was one of 500 workers to be made redundant from the mining equipment factory, Holman Brothers Ltd, in the early 1980s. The joiner and fitter then established his own workshop, at his home in Polstrong, building cast iron Cornish ranges and other iron works.

He is also custodian of a replica of Richard Trevithick's famous steam engine, the Puffing Devil.

He said: "I made a number of internal lanterns powered by LED lights for inside Camborne Parish Church, the first LED system to be fitted within the diocese."

He said the LED lights use just 10 per cent of the power of a traditional light bulb and last for around 25 years. "The LED lights are a massive improvement. The original cross, which remains on the roof of the church, used 1,600 watts compared with the new one that uses 30 watts of power and is just as bright."

Mr Woodward said the LED cross would remain on the church during Christmas and then its future would be decided by church officials. "They haven't decided whether they want to buy the cross. I am hoping that its prominent position will drum up some interest so that I can create more of LED lights," he added.

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