Wednesday, 6 February 2008

In making better use of the space

This is from a rather interesting historical display at a church where I sometimes rehearse (no names, no pack-drill). There's a panel about what took place during the incumbency of each vicar, with little blocks of writing scattered among illustrations.

We've just reached the 1970s, when a lot of modernization took place. Interspersed with old black and white photos of the church before the work, we find this rather poignant text:

St Andrew's was re-ordered in 1977 to provide space for community activities.

In making better use of the space not needed for a late 20th century congregation, our lectern, font, and altar rail were lost;

also the choir stalls

and the rare Caen stone pulpit.

What a depth of feeling must lie behind those few very carefully-chosen words!

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