St Peters Church Organ
Over the years, we have been aware that the church organ needed major repairs. It is a James Walker instrument and some say the best organ in the valley.
With many thanks to Chris Sitwell, who accessed a grant, generous donations and fund raising, we have recently had it restored by Mr Edward Dove. He found that the organ had shutters on it to reduce the volume of sound. This is common practice when an organ is in a small room – we believe the organ was once in the School House. The shutters have been removed and we are waiting to hear the organs glorious new voice!
We hope this will be at the Harvest Festival on Sunday 20th September at 9.30 am. Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, there won’t be any singing, but it will be an opportunity for the village to get together , listen to the organ and give thanks for this years’ harvest.
Harvest Festival September 2018
A service of Thanksgiving was the culmination of events celebrating the Harvest Festival at St Peters Church Long Bredy, on Sunday 16th September 2019. As always, the church was beautifully decorated by our local ladies, and complemented by the entries for the vegetable-modelling competition.
St Peters Living Nativity Service 2018
As in 2016, a Holy Family, donkeys and sheep presented a tableau which greeted members of the congregation to this service. 70 people (and the occasional dog), from all the villages in the valley enjoyed a traditional carol service and refreshments, and donated very generously to the charity chosen for support this year. The collection raised £300 for the local charity, The Horse Course, for which very many thanks to everyone who contributed.
The New Ringing Chamber in St Peter’s Church
The work on the new ringing chamber has been completed. The installation of the new mezzanine floor has had an excellent effect, both softening the sound of the bells and making them easier to ring. The ringers are delighted with the improvements.
On Sunday, February 5th, Arch Deacon Paul from Sherborne blessed the new chamber, with a congregation of over 40. It was a pleasure that Mr and Mrs Steve Sorrell were in the congregation, as Steve made and installed the new floor in the ringing chamber. It passed inspection by the Diocesan architect with flying colours; he was very complimentary about the work.
Several officers from the Dorchester branch of the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers and Robert Wellen, Guild Ringing Master were also present. John Coleman, icon painter and bellringer very kindly presented the ringers with a beautiful icon of St Peter, the patron saint of Belfries, to commemorate the special day.
In addition to the new floor a new carpet has been laid by Ruth and Dave Cullingford and Dave also made the bosses and a spider for the bell ropes. Many thanks must go to them, also Alan Kinghorn and Colin Dyer who helped with the painting and Jackie Cain for polishing the pews in the ringing chamber.
What seemed a big undertaking 2 years ago has now been achieved thanks to village involvement in fund raising and commitment by the ringers.
Visiting Bell Ringers
On Sunday, 26th February a team of ringers from the Salisbury Diocesan Guild rang a quarter peal of 1320 New Bob Doubles in 43 mins. The team consisted of 1. Tim E Rose (Conductor); 2. Sas Watson; 3. Robert J Wellen; 4. Ian D Tucker; 5. Phill J Payne.
St Peter’s Church
The Porch Screen
The metal bird screen gates in the porch have now been totally refurbished by Townsend’s Engineering and greatly enhance the entrance to the church.
The Easter congregation of over 35 adults and children enjoyed a lively service which involved children in an impromptu enactment of the Easter message. We were pleased to welcome visitors to the area for the service and those who came to look round the church after the service. Thank you to the children who made the three beautiful Easter gardens as part of the church decorations.
New Gates at St Peter’s Church
The replacement oak gates into the churchyard have now been installed and were blessed at the United Valley Service in St Peter’s Church on April 30th. Nearly 50 worshippers came to the service taken by Canon Stephen Batty, in which he linked the gates in the drawing of the church by the late Ray Winter with a poignant and moving poem by Sylvia Townsend Warner, (a Dorset poet buried at Frome Vauchurch, read by Stephen’s daughter Evie), and the derivation of the word ‘saunter’!
From now on, Steven is only taking services at Burton Bradstock and Litton Cheney, so this was a lovely service for him to have taken at Long Bredy.
The arch over the gates has also been cleaned and re-painted by Dick Elliot so the whole entrance to the churchyard and church now looks very well cared for and set to last for many more generations of worshippers and visitors.
St Peter’s Bell Ringing
On Saturday May 6th the bells were rung to celebrate Mrs Juniper Greener’s 80th birthday. Juniper was a bell ringer at St Peter’s for many years and the current team of ringers wished to acknowledge her contribution and wish her a very happy birthday.
2016 has been a busy year in the church calendar so far.
In January we hosted a “Monk’s Supper” organised by the bell-ringers to raise funds for the bell-tower. The challenge of providing a hot and tasty meal in a building designed for other purposes was successfully met and everyone present enjoyed a unusual and amusing evening filled with food, wine,entertainment and fellowship.
Thank you to all who contributed in any way.
We were very pleased to celebrate Mothering Sunday, Palm Sunday and Easter with large congregations and we have also held a service of Baptism that filled the church with people.
Our Easter began on Monday of Holy Week when we held a Celtic-style service of Compline in the chapel by candle-light. This short service of prayer and music was very moving. The service on Easter Day was enhanced by a churchyard full of primroses. The beautifully decorated church was bursting with daffodils and included a lovely Easter garden made by the children.
Maintenance at the church is on-going and we welcome any help to preserve this historic building. Over the past year we have replaced a rotten floor in the vestry, up-graded the door, replaced the heating system with a more efficient one and renewed some electrical wiring to meet modern safety standards. Inevitably, this has cost a lot of money and our fundraising efforts continue.
Finally, If anyone wishes to use the church for a private function please contact one of the churchwardens, Elinor Frost or Jackie Cain using the Contact Us page.