WOW – join the fun at St Martin's Church

July 02 2021
WOW – join the fun at St Martin's Church

St Martin’s Church in London Road will be busy with activities indoors and out as life gradually returns to normal.

The church is holding an event tomorrow, Saturday, July 3 from 10am until 1pm, with the indoor activities socially distanced.

A campaign, Widening Our Welcome – WOW –  generated donations and charity grants to help pay for a new disabled toilet and upgraded facilities in the meeting area below the main church.

Rector, the Revd Peter Hart, explained: “As we emerge from lockdown, we want to welcome every member of our community into St Martin’s.

“The initial upgrade of our facilities downstairs is now complete and available for community use.

“The next phase will be to upgrade facilities and storage at church level so that new ventures of every sort can flourish.”

During the activities day in the church grounds, there will be stalls selling books, jigsaws and handmade greetings cards, with a tombola and a raffle.

Inside the church, visitors will be able to view displays of the new and proposed building projects and activities, as well as exhibitions of children’s school work, which has not been available for parents to see during the last year.

There will be a one-way system to visit the lower level, while live music performances will take place in the church.

Organiser Shirley Scott said: “Before the pandemic we were running a busy concert programme, with monthly coffee concerts for charity and Tiny Tunes concerts for babies and toddlers.

“Many of our regulars have told us how much they have missed live music during lockdown and we were keen to bring that back as soon possible.

“We’re now allowed to give music performances in church, and we’re starting at 10.15am with St Martin’s musicians, John Swindells and Robin Walker, presenting a varied programme of organ music with some trumpet solos.

“To end the morning, at 12.30pm, local pianist Rebecca Watson will play Beethoven’s last piano sonata and in between cocktail pianist Ivor Pond will play gently in the background while visitors view the exhibitions.

“There will be no charge for the music but we’d be very grateful to receive donations to our WOW Appeal to help fund our future projects.”

She added: “Social distancing will be observed throughout the church, with face coverings, and there will be plenty of room for people to sit if they wish.

“Sadly, we’re still not allowed to serve refreshments but people are welcome to bring their own drinks which they can consume whilst seated in church or outside.”

Charity grants from the National Lottery Community Fund and Laslett’s Charities have largely paid for the new disabled toilet, while grants from Allchurches Trust, the Edward and Dorothy Cadbury Trust and other donations have funded a new disabled access and the refurbished meeting room with full kitchen facilities.