In 2014 we began the refurbishment of our Church and parish centre. In addition to Stephen Foster’s Reredos we have a new Purbeck stone floor, remodelled sanctuary and steps. We have also commissioned new Altar furniture
The new pieces are bold and contemporary. The aim is to create a unity of design between all the elements of the sanctuary. The brief given to our designers was to keep it simple. You will see a new chair for the priest who presides at Mass, new benches and kneelers for the servers. We also have two new credence tables and altar candle sticks.
I am so grateful to all who have worked on the project. Colin Smart associates our architects and Mr Chris Fanning, Senior parish building surveyor of the diocese. I thank the parish finance and maintenance committee for their advice and insight. In the last year we have been working with Chris Eckersley and Gareth Neal designers of international standing on the new Ancaster stone Ambo, tabernacle stand and oak furniture. They have been a pleasure to work with. You can follow the story of the designs on a mini website devoted to the OLOV project. Particular thanks goes to Peter McKenna who has been a true driving force and friend of this last phase of the project.
On 19th September the designers will be in the Church from 4pm to answer any questions you may have. I thank everyone involved for giving us a renewed Church fit for the true worship of God and a place of shelter for all God’s people. Please do come to one of the two free concerts that will be performed here on Tuesday 19th September, one at lunchtime 1pm to 1.50pm and the other in the evening at 7pm.