Press Cuttings

Rutland Mercury 9 February 2001

Leicester Mercury , November 15th 2000

'Double concert' gives £9,000 start to church tower appeal.

So great was the response to the invitation by Lyndon Church to attend the launch of their Tower Appeal that the Leicester Philharmonic Choir agreed to repeat their concert over again in order to accommodate all the guests. In spite of the persistent rain the cheerful audience enjoyed the singing in the Church and a lovely reception at Lyndon Hall on Sat 11th November.

The Hall, home of Edward and Justine Conant, looked wonderful with log fires and beautiful flowers lighting up the splendid proportions of this 17th century gem of a small stately home. It was welcoming and gracious and the wine and canapes were much appreciated.

But this was not only the venue for the opening event of the campaign to raise £ 50,000 for the Tower of the Church. It has been the heartland and campaign headquarters of the project. Edward and Justine have worked tirelessly to administer the vast amount of paperwork and to mastermind all the arrangements required to make the evening run smoothly. They have been aided in their task by the villagers of Lyndon who have rallied to the cause unselfishly in order to save their church. They were even out in atrocious weather conditions over the course of the last week organising the car parking and laying route illuminations.

The programme on Radio Leicester described the beauty of the route from the Hall to the Church. On Saturday evening it was lit by flaming torches which glistened In the rain and added an air of mystery. Inside the Church all was cosy with flowers on all ledges and it was candlelit so that all was mellow.

Some of the Children from the village introduced the evening and said what the church meant to them. Rose Brook, Jessica and Emily Firmston-Williams and Charlotte Renwick made the audience chuckle with their vitality. Then it was the turn of the Choir-a lively and varied programme ensued with Elgar contrasting with Paint your Wagon and The Messiah juggling with an old Irish air. The soloist for the evening was Julia Meynell and the accompanist was Roger Marvin.

In all the response to this evening raised in excess of £ 9000 and donations are still coming in. An interesting series of events is planned for next year and the village is delighted with the wonderful start to their appeal which the generosity of so many friends has made possible.

Retired vicar Canon Charles Mayhew, who lives in Lyndon and who has played a part in launching the tower appeal, said: "The choir gave an extraordinarily good performance - twice - which was very much appreciated by the villagers, who gave the event tremendours support. "We are all very grateful for all those who contributed to such a wonderful boost to the appeal."

The evening was sponsored by Serjeants Patent Attorneys and Advisers in Intellectual Property, The Melton Mowbray Building Society and Lands End Direct Merchants. This meant that all donations were able to go to the Appeal.