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All together now - Deep Clean at OCMS

On Thursday March 10th the OCMS community in residence all downed books, papers & computers, rolled up our sleeves or dressed down for an annual Deep Clean of our ecclesiastical premises. I’m not sure if we went as deep down as the cellar but we did get to the bottom of the dirt in some places. Nicky discovered white paint under the dust on the window sills in her office and I discovered the dust of ages in many corners and crevices in the wonderful wood carving in some chancel woodwork.

We went upwards too in our quest for clean: Someone crawled on the top of the library bookcases to dust; PBS climbed up a ladder to dust [swing from?] the chandeliers to shed more light on the whole scene; Terry scaled new heights on the chancel glass partitions with the upper storey rooms. Terry also took trips up the tower with aspiring scholars but there was, sadly, no view from there. Ralph and Hazel took a trip with a carload to the council recycling centre.

Ben, in his cherished London Wasps rugby shirt, polished into the corners of the glass panes the full width of glass partition of the seminar room. Benrilo and Keyigum did all the toilets, all three that is, plus several other tasks. Irim tackled the stone and marble of the unused pulpit, among other things.

Rachel organised us all with detailed lists, patience and good management. Plus, she laid on a lovely buffet lunch together with a bonus of sunshine to sit together outside on the lawn with bemused passers-by glancing our way.

It was a very satisfying day of acting out a real sense of community for all involved. Hopefully, others of the OCMS community, especially the Governing Body who met the following week, found the efforts satisfactory.


Heather Payne

OCMS scholar


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