It is with great sadness that I have to write this update to inform you that Martin Schellenberg collapsed and died at choir practice yesterday.
Martin was Director of Music, Organist, and Choirmaster at St Mary’s Beaminster.
I am deeply grateful for all those who attempted to save him and for my colleagues who immediately rushed to the scene to offer pastoral care and support. Heroic efforts were made to save Martin’s life by choir members, air ambulance service, paramedics, and police officers.
Having spoken with Martin’s wife Alex, the funeral will take place in Beaminster early in August.
At our services tomorrow (Sunday 25th July) we will be allowing time for the choir and congregation to remember with joy the contribution that Martin has given during the last three years.
May the souls of the faithful departed through the grace and mercy of God rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen.
Revd Canon David Baldwin