Peachy Productions delivers food and light
Friday, 22 May 2020
robe-peachy-productions-guildford-cathedral-03-photo-by-steve-parsons-pa-mediaThe Cathedral has been lit in blue every Thursday since the start of April (photo: Alex Turner)
UK - Philip French of UK technical production company Peachy Productions has just relocated to Wiltshire after being based in Guildford, Surrey for eight years.
But during the coronavirus crisis, he is making the journey back twice a week to volunteer for the Surrey Drive Campaign.
This is a locally-based crowd-funded initiative that delivers around 2,500 cooked meals - with locally sourced ingredients - each week for hardworking staff at the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust hospital.
The Surrey Drive Campaign includes some of Surrey’s live event experts. After seeing heart-breaking stories of exhausted NHS workers finishing their arduous frontline shifts and being unable to buy food at this critical time, Steve Page and Hannah Sheppard thought it was time to step up.
Having furloughed all his staff while the UK continues in a largely restricted lockdown scenario with no live shows and events, Philip volunteered for some Surrey Drive driving / delivery slots and has been part of this operation ever since.
One day whilst dropping off meals at the Surrey Royal he was gazing at the city’s famous cathedral opposite and thought it would be amazing if it were lit up at night to show support for everyone! He thought that this could tie in with the nationwide Clap for Carers action every Thursday evening.
“Worldwide people are sending messages of goodwill and support using the medium of light to everyone battling and dealing with the pandemic,” he commented, “and I thought that this could also happen in Guildford.”
He approached the Anglican Cathedral’s administrators that same day and by the evening - a Wednesday - had elicited their agreement to illuminate the gothic revival-style building which was designed by Edward Maufe and built between 1936 and 1961. Finally completed in 1965, it is the seat of the Bishop of Guildford.
As soon as he had the go-ahead, Philip used his technical expertise and knowledge of lighting to choose suitable fixtures which included 12 Robe Pointes and 16 Robe LEDBeam 150s together with additional LED PARs and other exterior LED wash lights, utilising around 80 fixtures in total.
The Pointes were used to highlight the top of the Cathedral’s 160ft tower, and everything else deployed on the ground around the building.
Philip, his Co-director Ryan Howard and two volunteers - carefully observing social distancing - ran cables all around the Cathedral, hooking into to various PD outlets and running back to a master 63A three-phase supply at the front. Philip estimates they use around a kilometre and a half of cable.

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