At our last Quinquennial Inspection in 2015 it was discovered that parts of the church wiring were reaching the end of their lifespan and would need replacement. Following much discussion, it was decided to completely overhaul our power, lighting and sound systems bringing them into the 21st century.
We employed a local lighting designer who specialises in church installations. They recommended a scheme using all LED light fittings and modern electronic controls. This would remove the mixture of light fittings and untidy array of switches and distribution boxes in the Tower area and replace it with a control panel discreetly sited out of view. After what was probably one of the most protracted Faculty applications for permission known, we received approval in October 2018 and appointed the contractors in November 2018.
The sound engineer started his works at the end of January installing the new cabling etc. The main works started on the 11th February and are expected to last approximately seven weeks. During this period weekday use of the church is not possible. It is effectively a ‘Construction Site’ from Mondays to Fridays and closed to all church visitors, and even the clergy, choir, etc. The church is handed back to us on Friday evenings so it can be prepared for our normal Sunday services. Alternative arrangements have been made for the weekday services during this period. At the end of the main works the sound engineer will return to install and commission the new audio/visual equipment. These are smaller works and should not interfere with normal church use. The plan is that we will have a new lighting and power installation, an upgraded sound system with provision for audio/visual use and the Director of Music will be able to see what’s happening in church with his dedicated CCTV screens at his side, by Easter this year. Obviously with major works like this there will be changes and inconvenience to all church users and we ask for your patience and cooperation while these essential works are undertaken. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekday Services are temporarily changing while the works go on in the church:
- Morning prayer – 9.00am daily in the Open Door Coffee Shop
- Meditation (Tuesdays at 10.00am) – contact Dennis Brown
- Wednesday Holy Communion – 10.00am at the United Reformed Church, Woodmansterne Lane, by kind permission of the URC
- Wednesday ‘Sing for Joy’ – temporarily suspended (restarts 17th April)
- Teddies’ 10 Minutes – in the Institute Hall
- Bell-Ringing Practice – contact Liz Grover or Anne Anthony