All the best laid plans…
Those of us fortunate enough to own our own home know that from time to time we have to adjust our plans because of events. Work which was being discussed has to be put on hold because of something else which has happened. So it is with the Parish Church. In the October Beacon I explained about a change of priorities and discussion between the Ministry and Fabric teams and the Church Council (PCC) to establish a new order of work. The result of these discussions is that the first priority is to replace the sound system. Those of you who have been to a service during the last couple of years will know the problems we have had with the current system. Seldom have we got through a service without crackles or the system failing altogether – not very helpful in preaching the Word of God and downright distressing when it happened during a wedding or funeral. The new system was selected after being put out to tender and the PCC agreed to the replacement at its meeting on 3rd November. It will be installed during the last week of January – about the time you are reading this.
I mentioned above about changes because of events. A week before the Christmas Tree Festival was due to open we had a major electrical fault in church. Trip switches kept tripping; lights were going off and coming back on for no apparent reason. We needed help and advice very quickly. Kings and Barnhams came to the rescue and discovered some of the main cables bringing power into the north side of the church had fused together. To make matters more interesting these cables went under the toilets and kitchen area. No time for digging up floors so the electricians directed new cables up and over the wooden screen at the west end of church. You can clearly see these when you go into church. This temporary repair will be good for 2 years at most so obviously the PCC and Fabric Team will be discussing with some urgency the probable need for a complete overhaul of electrics and re-wiring of the church. This may well come to the top of the agenda of work. We all see every time we go in and out of church the result of the Aldiss fire – still very clear in the minds of those who witnessed it. It could have been caused by an electrical fault and people are asking “What if…” with regards to the Parish Church.
As I wrote in October any money donated to the Development Fund is in a restricted account so can only be used for development. We are sure you will agree re-wiring, if it comes to that, would be vital to preserve the building. We will keep you informed of the developments planned through the usual channels. In the meantime, thank you for your continuing interest and support.