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Electric Votive Candles

The Parish Council (PC), our insurers and many parishioners have for some time been concerned about the risks of fire and personal injury, especially to children, being caused by the lighted wax votive candles in front of Saint Anthony’s statue and on the Lady Altar.

We are aware that there are differing opinions as to whether they should stay or be changed to a safer type.

After much discussion in the PC and with the Friars we have agreed to replace the votive candles in front of Saint Anthony’s statue with electric ones. The existing candles on the Lady Altar will remain.

A new electric candelabra , will be installed next week. At first it will seem different but we hope that parishioners will, like those at Chigwell Convent and Stratford, quickly get used to it and it becomes as popular as the original.


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St. Thomas of Canterbury Church

557/559 High Road
Woodford Green
Essex IG8 0RB

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