Let There Be Light... And Sound

by Gerry Lynch last modified 09 Dec, 2014 02:11 PM

West Dorset church gets revamped sound and light system thanks to fundraising work and trusts' generosity

Let There Be Light... And Sound

Left-to-right: Rev. Graham Perryman (Melbury Team Rector), Ian Anderson (PCC Sec), Mary Duff (Church Warden), Charlie Bladon (Church Warden), Robert Sharpe (DHCT).

The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Cattistock, recently held a special service led by the Archdeacon of Sherborne to celebrate the completion of a new electrical and sound system, making this ancient building fit to be the spiritual hub of the village for decades to come.

With only a few weeks to go until the Church’s annual carol concert and Christmas services, the new facilities will allow for a wonderful time of celebration and reflection to take place and create an inviting atmosphere for the local community. The new sound system will also ensure the Christmas message and beautiful choral music fills the church for all to enjoy.

Church trusts, secular trusts, regular churchgoers and those less regular all came together to make the project happen. This village of 500 souls in the upper reaches of the Frome Valley, near Dorchester, showed a big heart for their local place of worship as people gave generously of both time and money. Local fundraising efforts were aided by significant grants from the Dorset Historic Churches Trust, the Erskine-Mouton Fund and the Cattistock Community Trust. 

Specialist church electricians, Hook Electrical Contractors, based not far away in Sturminster Newton, completed the painstaking work of re-wiring the large church, which seats a congregation of 200, and the removal and replacement of new lighting which compliments and enhances the style of the exquisite church which dates back to the 15th Century. The installation of the new sound system was carried out by Callum Bowran from Christchurch firm Future Media.

Ian Anderson of The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul added: “It was a pleasure to welcome so many visitors to the church’s celebration service last week. We’d like to say a big thank you to both the DHCT and the Erskine Muton Trust and the Cattistock Community Fund for their generous grants and to all the parishoners for their superb fundraising efforts. This is a church that is well-loved by the local community and we are all delighted that the work has been completed ahead of our Christmas celebrations.”

Robert Sharpe, Deanery Representative for the Dorset Historic Churches Trust, commented: “The Trust was delighted to be able to award this grant to The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Cattistock, in order for the essential electrical work to be completed. This beautiful church has a vibrant and active community and it is fantastic that the work will make the building more welcoming and usable for the village.”

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