Talbot Village Trust helps Poole church invest in new tech

3rd Apr 2022

Talbot Village Trust has provided a grant of £10,000 to St. Mary’s church in Lytchett Matravers to install a new hearing loop and update its essential tech.

This new equipment now allows the church to live stream its weekly and monthly services to reach the parishioners that cannot make it into the venue. Funerals, weddings and occasional services such as the Light Party at Halloween, all benefit from the new system and are live streamed to the local community.

Stephen Partridge, vicar at St Mary’s church, said: “My greatest desire for our church is to be accessible to the whole community. This grant from Talbot Village Trust has made this possible by enabling many more people to access the gatherings and services that are hosted within our wonderfully historic building.”

Additionally, the church has been without a specialist sound system for people with hearing aids for more than ten years, after its previous hearing loop, dating back to the 1980s, had broken.

The remaining funds have been put towards updating the church’s wiring, lighting, sound and vision systems. Where before the wiring was visible and unsightly, the new rewiring scheme has improved the aesthetics of the church interior, while also bringing it in line with current safety guidelines.

A cumbersome, old spotlight system has made way for a more modern and environmentally friendly LED lighting track, which allows the lighting to be easily tailored to each service or event.

Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, Chairman of Talbot Village Trust, said: “Enriching our communities is our main goal at Talbot Village Trust, and accessibility is a crucial part of that. We are proud to be able to provide this grant to St. Mary’s Church, enabling its longevity and allowing the community to gather and worship here for many years to come, both in person and virtually.”

The church is home to a Bellringers group and welcomes local community groups, including a Beaver group, a history group and an art group. For further information on the church’s services, community events and courses, visit www.smlm.co.uk

To apply for funding from the Talbot Village Trust, visit www.talbotvillagetrust.org to submit an online application.

The Trust meets biannually and is accepting applications for funding from both previous and new applicants in the area before the Trustees meet in Autumn 2022.