If ever there was a most appropriate time for an Appeal, it is now, starting this autumn.
You can’t help but have noticed, in the past few months, how very dark it is at the East end of the church. Almost all of the lights in the Chancel, Choir stalls and Sanctuary have failed, leaving only 3 of the Altar spotlights for illumination.
The current lighting system, which was installed in 1991, is now at the end of its life.
It actually started to fail in 2014 with many of the high level lamps no longer functioning. The outdated fixtures were difficult to repair or replace and repair costs began to rise significantly because of the high placement of some of the lamps in the roof.
When the North Aisle lamps failed as well, we were forced to proceed with an emergency repair of the up and down lighting fixtures in order to continue to use this valued community space. The results have been met with much enthusiasm and have shown us that the use of the new age LED lights is the answer for the future, aesthetically and financially.
We have met with the lighting contractors and have asked for installation of some temporary lighting to see us through the Christmas period and into the New Year. We will then concentrate our efforts on securing a design plan which we can work towards, even if it is in increments.
Please …. BE AN ANGEL ….and give us your support as we start our Appeal for a much improved lighting system for St George’s. Your gift will make such a huge difference to bringing our light back.
Please see Nick Gibbs, Churchwarden or the Lighting Group: Simon Kirby, David Hill or Carol Couse for more details of how you can become an Angel of St George’s.
The tremendous support we have had with Phase 2 of our ‘Let the Stones Live’ Appeal has resulted in a total transformation of the East elevation Vestry window and wall and we hope you have had a chance to admire the stonemasons’ skill in this repair and restoration.
We are very fortunate that we are also able to repair some of the severely damaged stonework at the South Porch entrance to the church which had become a real worry. Of course the church is not able to repair everything needed at this time but we feel pleased that we can tackle (while the contractors are on site) some of the most pressing Health and Safety concerns for all those attending worship services and using the church building in so many diverse ways.
Very special thanks go to all the contributors to our Appeal and to the architects, Donald Insall Associates and our contractors, Midland Conservation Limited for their skill and support in making these essential repairs.
Of course, there are still some areas of concern but we are most pleased to feel that the threat of rainwater erosion to the interior of St George’s has been reduced significantly.
We shall carry on with the work of protecting the integrity of this beautiful historic church and welcome your continued support and prayers.
Congratulations to The Revd Canon Julian Francis, our vicar, on his appointment as Archdeacon of Walsall in the Diocese of Lichfield. Julian's last Sunday with us will be 20th October and his installation at Lichfield Cathedral will be held at Lichfield Cathedral during Evensong at 5:30 pm on Friday 8th November.
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