THE beauty of the Rivington countryside will be featured in a stained glass window to be installed at Rivington and Blackrod High Schools chapel.

The window is the project of the Association of Old Rivingtonians, which is made up of former pupils and staff of the school, which was the former Grammar School dating back to Elizabethan times.

The association has already paid for a window in memory of former headmaster Alan Jenner during its centenary year in 2004.

President Katherine Grundy, said: "The Alan Jenner window was a most rewarding aspect of our centenary celebrations and it has been universally admired since its installation."

She said all money raised during the second year of her presidency will go towards the new window to be called The Old Rivingtonians' Window.

The association, believed to be one of the oldest continuously-operating former pupils organisations in the country, hopes the window will be installed during the annual reunion service on Sunday, October 9.

Gerry Halpin, a former pupil and now head of art at the school, is helping to create the window, which will be an abstract design showing sun, light, greenery and water.

It will feature the crest of the Old Rivingtonians and a border of the three house colours of the old grammar school, which was founded 439 years ago in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.