Churches keeping busy despite being closed to public

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Luke Ridge of Cumbria Clock Company pictured next to the internal mechanism of the clock at St Michael’s Parish Church, which has now been fixed

CHURCH doors may have been closed in recent weeks but there’s still been lots going on behind the scenes. 

At St Michael’s Parish Church in Lyme Regis, the clock is finally chiming again having been repaired as the final part of the recent tower refurbishment.

The clock stopped working last year but its repair was put on hold while the entire tower underwent a major re-rendering project, which was completed just before the coronavirus lockdown.

The repairs have now been carried out by Luke Ridge of Cumbria Clock Company and the clock is chiming every hour once again.

The Parochial Church Council is now looking toward the reopening of the church, but no date has yet been given as risk assessments need to be carried out first to meet government guidelines.

Meanwhile, the Golden Cap Team of Churhes – which includes St Michael’s, St Andrew’s in Charmouth and 10 other churches around West Dorset – has been hosting weekly Sunday services via YouTube, as well as a midweek message from the clergy or lay preachers.

The Right Reverend Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne, has also shared a weekly message online and, for those without internet, services have been given over the phone.

You can find out more details of what’s going on within the Golden Cap Team of Churches at

Lyme Regis Baptist Church is also uploading pre-recorded services to its website every Sunday and these can be accessed at any time, along with other resources and links, such as audio sermons. You can find these online at

At Uplyme Church, which has just welcomed new team vicar the Reverend Nicky Davies, services have been offered via a special phone line, while meetings and Bible study courses have been offered via video conferencing app Zoom.  You can see full details at

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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