Friends' Festival

The Friends’ Annual Festival was held as usual on the final Saturday of the Music Festival, which fell on 29th August 2009.
The day began with the Solemn Eucharist, which fitted into this year’s theme of the Te Deum Laudamus and included works by Samual Wesley and Ascanio Trombetti. After church, Friends adjourned to the splendid marquee at Millside for a relaxed hot lunch by invitation of Mr and Mrs E J Tyler.

Back in church, the day continued with our Annual General Meeting. Besides the routine business, Michael Jones reported that the new roof level intruder alarms had been successfully fitted. Despite a recent false alarm the church had not suffered any thefts of lead, unlike our less fortunate neighbours at Bratton.

The churchyard cross had been dismantled just before Easter and re-assembled using a stainless steel dowel to replace the original rusting ironwork, but repairs to the Sanctus bell had been delayed.

Funding for all these projects had been voted at last year’s AGM, but the PCC had not requested any additional funds this year.




Newly appointed churchwarden Clare Norfolk Brown thanked her predecessor Joanna Robertson, as well as all those who keep the church running by carrying out day to day tasks like cleaning, coffee making and maintaining the churchyard.

After giving a round-up of the year’s events and current PCC business, Clare handed over to Robin Wilson for a review of the 104 year-old church organ, which now needs extensive repairs. The PCC has established a working group to consider the options, which include a complete overhaul or replacement with a new instrument.


Following a visit from the Diocesan organ advisor, liaison with the Music Festival and independent advice, the group is seeking tenders for a new two-manual organ to meet the needs of the parish. Once these have been received, the next stage will be to look at the feasibility of raising funds to pay for the project.

Finally, Graham Laslett reported on the condition of the Baynton memorial, which is in need of further attention following recent repairs to the plinth. There was then time for tea before Dennis Moriarty gave a talk about church architecture and music.
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