Phase 3 Restoration: March 2018
The outside upheaval we have seen for the last few weeks is now coming to an end with the scaffolding dismantled inside the church and outside work near to completion. Access to the church through the south door has been blocked by work to install drainage and water supply for the new hospitality suite at the back of church, we are very nearly there. Our new automatic inner glass doors are installed providing a view directly into church as you enter. We are open for all services at our regular times.
Three windows on the south side of church have been removed for replacement of the crumbling stone work and restoration of the stained glass is underway.
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’.