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ST LAUD'S DISTRICT CHURCH COMMITTEE
c/o The Rectory
School Lane
Sherington
September 2004

Dear Sheringtonians

We are concerned that there may be some mis-information circulating the village at the moment as to what is actually happening in terms of construction work/refurbishment at St Laud's so we thought it would be helpful for everyone to let you know exactly what is going on. Even if villagers do not regularly worship in St Laud's, it is obvious that most have an opinion about it as a longstanding historic building, and a spiritual heart in our beautiful village.

Throughout the decision-making process, the DCC has sought the advice of experts. In the case of the organ, it was the Diocesan Organ Adviser, and in the case of the proposed extension, it was the Surveyor of the Fabric of Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral.

The organ: It needs a major overhaul. It is also difficult to play and not loud enough for the building and it is also in the wrong position acoustically. It could be rebuilt, but would still not provide the right level of sound. The DCC has therefore agreed that it will be replaced with a reconditioned pipe organ and re-sited within the main body of the church.

The proposed extension: For some time the DCC had been unhappy with the proposed plans for this project. We still need toilet and kitchen facilities, plus a meeting space, especially for the children. With the re-positioning of the organ many possibilities have been opened up. The DCC is in the process of appointing a new architect who will be sympathetic as to how the re-ordering and new facilities can be incorporated into the existing building. We believe that with imagination and good professioiial advice we can make much better use of the space we already have, both to enhance the 'worship space' and to provide the facilities we need in the 21 st century.

We have sought the advice of Living Stones, a charitable orgamsation which specialises in the re-ordering of historic church buildings. They have recommended a village-wide consultation before we appoint a new architect in order to define our brief, and this is where we are today.

We are currently preparing a questionnaire which we very much hope you will complete and return. We genuinely seek your views.

In the meantime, if you have any queries, please feel free to contact either of us.

Yours sincerely

Mark Vale and Emlyn Williams

Churchwardens.

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