St Mary the Virgin is a 13th-century Anglican parish church in Northolt. It is one of London’s smallest churches, with a nave measuring only 44 feet (13 m) by 25 feet (7.6 m). The church was built around 1290 and, according to the parish vicar Reverend Greville Thomas, some of his parishoners joke that his compact disc player that he uses for musical accompaniment to his services, is almost as old!
“It’s true, the sound system in the church is very old – it must be one of the first CD players to come on the market. It breaks down on a regular basis and it has become quite embarrassing”.
When our Northolt branch Funeral Arranger, Judy Hyde, was alerted to the parlous state of the system she immediately summoned help from her District Manager, Peter Breslin. Peter authorised the purchase of a new system that will play both CD and MP3 / iPhone / iPod, and Judy went out and bought it that very evening.
“We are immensely grateful to Lodge Brothers for this generous gift – it will be nice to introduce a piece of music to the congregation and be confident that the piece is actually going to start!”
Pictured is Peter Breslin, District Manager, Hillingdon Area, with the vicar of St Mary’s, Northolt, Reverend Greville Thomas.