St Marie's Rededication
Friday 23rd November 2012 saw the long awaited rededication of St Marie's Cathedral, Sheffield. This £1.9million project started 13 months ago and has undone many unsympathetic changes made in the 1970's, returning the stonework and architecture to their original condition. New lighting and underfloor heating gives the cathedral a warm and welcoming feel, while new sound and security systems bring the Cathedral up to date. The rededication service was attended by Bishop of Hallam, the Rt Rev John Rawsthorne, joined by Anglican counterpart, the Rt Rev Steven Croft and other local faith and civic leaders.
SUGCR was proud to participate in the service with ringing both before and after the service. We were fortunate to be joined by ringers from the Anglican Cathedral, Walkley and Dore which boosted the numbers considerably, along with special guest appearances by Sue Burchell and Jane Boyle who visited Sheffield for the occasion. Before the service we rang some good solid rounds & call changes on 8 and Bob Triples. Following the service we rang more rounds & call changes and also Bob, Stedman and Grandsire Triples.
On Saturday 24th we gained a Quarter Peal of Bob Major (47 minutes). Composed and called by Alister Smith and rung by Gill Murray (1), Caroline Carter-Smith (2), Sarah Green (3), Tom Lovering (4), Tom Scase (5), James Hines (6), and Erica Oram (7). Followed by an hour of open ringing. We had extended the invitation to the wider Sheffield community of ringers and were joined by 2 ringers from Norton.
Between ringing we had the opportunity for coffee, cakes and beers, providing an excellent chance to catch up with friends.
Repairs are still needed to the church spire and to the 1875 Lewis organ - this will extend into 2013, but for now St Marie's is open for business. Father Chris Posluszny was quoted in the Sheffield Telegraph as saying "I am looking forward to two weeks time when all the nitty gritty of getting the place going again has been sorted out. There'll be a bit of time to relax, but I am looking forward to being back there. It will be nice to be back at St Marie's, back in our home." A sentiment echoed by the SUGCR ringers - it's nice to be home!