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Church offers peace and quiet remotely

Madeleine Davies

by Madeleine Davies

Posted: 26 Oct 2012 @ 12:47

HELP is at hand for those who would like to practise the habit of contem­plation recommended by the Arch­bishop of Canterbury in the Vatican earlier this month ( News, 12 October).

Parishioners of St Peter's, East Blatchington, in Sussex, have pro­duced a CD recording of the silence that can be experienced in the 12th-century church. "We think St Peter's has a very special atmosphere, and we wanted to try and capture that," Robin Yarnton, a church technician, said on Tuesday.

The 30-minute recording starts with three rings of the church bell, a short introduction from Mr Yarnton, and a message from the Rector, Canon Andrew Mayes, which ex­plains "how we all need silence, still­ness, and peace". What follows is 28 minutes of near-silence including "the odd creaking of timbers and a few footfalls . . . the odd murmur of voices from outside and the very, very faint rumble of traffic going past". At its close, Mr Yarnton thanks people for listening, and suggests that they "come and do it for real".

The CD, intended to raise aware­ness of the church, was suggested by Roger Bing, a former journalist, who knew of a similar project that has been found successful at another church.

Copies of The Sound of Silence are available from the PCC secretary: email

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"I caught him in the church making a bootleg recording"

"I caught him in the church making a bootleg recording"


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