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Refurbishment at Home of Tunbridge Wells Group
Thursday 22nd May 2014

The BBC was with the Tunbridge Wells Ordinariate Group and their fellow parishioners at St Anselm's Catholic Church, Pembury, on 14 May to film an episode of the daytime programme Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, in which two experts compete against each other by buying goods from an antique fair and selling them on for profit. One of the experts brought with them some communion rails bought in Belgium, which Fr Ed Tomlinson, leader of the Tunbridge Wells group, was able to buy for the church at a competitive price. The altar rails are now installed.

It's part of a general refurbishment of St Anselm's which is aimed, in Fr Tomlinson's words, with "a deliberate emphasis on reverence, beauty and a robust unchanging Catholic tradition that transcends time". Other items recently procured include an organ donated by a parishioner, a sanctuary bell, bought when the group was on pilgrimage in Walsingham, and the beautiful crucifix which is pictured here.

The next phase of the refurbishment is the building of a parish room for which the parish has recently secured planning permission. Fr Tomlinson says: "This will bring an end to the dual use arrangement that hampers development , allowing us to create permanent space for worship". Though resources are limited, Fr Tomlinson is optimistic about the future at St Anselm's. The diocesan parishioners and the Ordinariate group have, he says, " grown together, as God surely intended, to become one parish breathing with two lungs".

To see a picture of the new altar rails, go to our Facebook page. Click here

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