Restoration Update – December 2017

Phase 3 Restoration:

Our church is now clothed in scaffolding inside and out!  Work is under way and although some access may be affected, we are still open for all services at our regular times. 

We can see new developments already and those with a keen eye can see our new candle holders in the choir pews (with real candles), 3 windows on the south side of church have been removed for renovation of the crumbling stone work and to restore the stained glass, and our new hospitality suite is under way at the back of church, behind what looks like a cupboard! Watch this space!

Background: Permission by the Heritage Lottery Fund to begin Phase 3 of the restoration of our beautiful Grade II listed building was granted in  June and work started in late August 2017.  We expect it to be completed by February 2018. 

Our two main aims are: 1) Restoration of part of the church building and installing a hospitality suite in church; and 2) The development of the church as a heritage attraction (alongside its religious role).

Our target of £345,000 for the total cost of Phase 3 was reached after much hard work behind the scenes with planning, fundraising and applying for grants.  We are grateful to the various bodies, including Heritage Lottery Fund  for their grant of £211,00, to   The Garfield Weston Foundation for their grant of £10,000, and to many other organisations and individuals who have also contributed.  St. Nicholas’ has met the conditions laid down by the Heritage Lottery Fund including raising over £15,000 themselves. 

Thanks to God for his goodness and to all who have helped us to get here!  ‘Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men; Especially for the provision of the large sum of money raised to restore the building’.