We are grateful to theJane & Stephen Murphy Foundation for the kind grant of £1,000 toward improved security at St Mary's Shrine so that we can now keep the church open each day Monday to Saturday from about 10am to 4pm (up from just two hours a day previously). Sunday hours vary, with Holy Masses fixed at 11am and 6pm. Having used the money toward a comprehensive CCTV installation, we have good coverage of both the church and the priory. Being able to access the footage online further helps monitoring.
While the total cost for the project was £11,196.00, in 2016 we had a visit from a police liaison officer and following their advice secured a grant from the Home Office (Places of Worship Security Fund) of £6,387.20 toward this. This means the cost of the CCTV installation for St Mary’s has been reduced to £3,808.80—which is good value.
Jane and Stephen Murphy came to Warrington from Widnes in 1915 and were parishioners at St Mary’s. Our thanks their Foundation and to HM Government.
A side benefit of the CCTV is for 'fine tuning' the skills of our altar servers. Watching particular video clips with them is an unexpected training tool. Below is screenshot of the Ecce Agnus Dei on Easter Sunday:
(For the sake of data protection, videos are deleted once they are no longer needed for training or security.)