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Since Easter our church interior has contained more scaffolding than we would have believed possible. It was truly a marvel to behold - and, it has to be said, something of a challenge to work around.
Our sincere thanks to all of you who continued to give us your full support while the internal restoration work was underway - including the Marketors and Stationers Companies, and the Friends of Cathedral Music, who held major services here, undeterred by the rather unusual décor - and to Richard and Eva, who were married here surrounded by scaffolding poles!
The wonderful news is that the work is almost complete, and, at the time of writing, all the scaffolding has been removed (barring the mobile tower that is being used to clean the inside of the dome.) The transformation is astounding!
Three cheers for the team from Hirst Conservation, who have done a magnificent job in restoring the interior to its dazzling former glory, and kept to schedule. Our renewed thanks to all of you who contributed so generously to the cost of the renovation - we could not have done it without you!
So a celebration is certainly called for! We have great delight, therefore, in inviting all of you - our friends, and supporters past and present - and particularly everyone who loves St Bride's, and who helped to make the renovation work possible - to come to a special celebratory 'Bright and Beautiful' service on Sunday 25th September at 11.00 am.
We have some wonderful music in store (the St Bride's orchestra will be with us) - and (somewhat recklessly, given recent experiences of popular democracy), we have decided to invite you to vote for your four favourite hymns: the winning four will be sung at that service. So do please come along - bring your friends - marvel at the wonders of our newly-restored church interior - enjoy a wonderful act of worship - and raise a glass to St Bride's afterwards! To help us manage numbers, please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to nominate your four favourite hymns, you can do so either by taking one of the voting forms available in church (hand it in at the office when completed), or email me your choices to email@example.com by the end of August. But above all, do please come and celebrate with us on 25th September!