St John the Baptist Parish Church

Where a warm welcome awaits you

Church Fabric

Hall Roof renewed - Yippee!

Another successful project has been delivered over a very wet few months, without too much hassle.  Thankfully without that many leaks or inconveniences to the hall users too. This was despite the annoyingly late start caused by a delay from the local Planning Authority, over which they have apologised.

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Proposed Organ Restoration

A pipe organ is the largest most valuable single asset that a church can possess and should be maintained and tuned regularly. As an organ is built using mainly timber, metal and leather, it needs to be housed in a dry building with a controlled temperature of between 10 and 20 degrees. Over the past 135 years St John’s organ has helped and inspired both the church family and the wider community.

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Saturday 18th March

9am - sweeper downers

10am - clearer uppers

2pm - polishing and finishing offers!!

 Bring long canes/extension poles with dusters on.  Your own spare Henry type hoovers, with your own extension leads also welcomed, tea/ coffee + bickie volunteers for 10am also rewarded with lots of smiles!!

Let me know if you can do any of the above, thanks.  Mike Thackray - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Tel: 01344 772413

Items of building maintenance

Should anyone notice something not working or needing attention around the building, could they now help the Fabric Committee by making a note in the back of the church diary. The diary is kept in the top drawer in the kitchen, nearest the door.

Mike and the Fabric Committee will check this regularly and attempt to prioritise the repair of anything noted.

Progress with the AVS

The installation of the Audio Visual System is virtually complete. There are a few further items yet to be completed, such as the installation of a screen for the organist once the organ refurbishment has been completed.

This system has been designed to provide all the functionality requested by the PCC. It is controlled by a tablet which has been programmed specifically to meet our requirements with a minimum of intervention. So, for example, all the microphones and speakers can be switched on to work in the Church and the hall for a normal Sunday service by pressing a single button.  We also have a new free-standing PA system which will be used for the first time at the Remembrance Service.

The focus now shifts to training more people to operate the system. It is designed to be available for any Church group. Ken Perrett and James Laverick are happy to provide training and support for anyone who would like to make use of the system.  

We have established a new email which you are welcome to use to request advice and support – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have a new church laptop which is available for use with the system. Please send a message to the support email if you would like to make use of this.

A guide to the AVS is available for downloading on the website site – click on the link for “documents for downloading” on the front page.