In recent years we have often used the north aisle of the church, by the Guild Altar, for social events. The Street Party on the occasion of the ninetieth birthday of the Queen springs to mind. So do the Lent Lunches which we have started having in church due to the closure of the upstairs of the Barn. Also of course there are the refreshments that we have after Saint Giles Day Eucharist and after Christmas services and Corpus Christi.
One of the difficulties with using the north aisle is that there is a lot of furniture in it, including the display boards, tables, prayer desks and the piano. This makes it difficult to use that lovely space to its full potential. The PCC has taken the decision to clear a lot of these things and remove them to other places. The piano has already been moved. The display boards which have been a wonderful asset for many years are now unfortunately a safety hazard and will need to be moved and alternative arrangements for notices provided. Hopefully, when the area is cleared, it will provide a place where the children can be taught and be occupied during worship, and where the noise doesn’t carry so much.
At the same time, we are making a minor rearrangement in the Lady Chapel. We are going to replace the pews with chairs. The existing pews in the Lady Chapel provide no support for the back. Furthermore, when we have ten or twelve people for the Eucharist, as we frequently do, it is difficult to file up to receive Holy Communion without bumping into each other.
Obviously, where old furniture is replaced or new furniture introduced in a church, a faculty is needed. The faculty procedure makes sure that everything is done as it should be and that if people have serious difficulties with any decision, they can always formally object to the Chancellor of the Diocese. What is envisaged in only minor, but people can be reassured that there is a way of having one’s voice heard.
With every good and warm wish from Mark Crowther-Alwyn