Our latest Restoration Project has come to an end with the major building work and restoration completed thanks to our many fund raising bodies. We can now see the results of the 12 months upheaval, both inside and outside, with our Grade II Listed Building looking magnificent after the hard work of fundraising and restoration.
Our two main aims are now complete: 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.
The installation of new automatic inner glass doors enable a welcoming view directly into our beautiful church. The stained glass of three windows on the south side of church were removed for restoration and the crumbling stone tracery renewed.
Our new hospitality suite at the back of church is up and running enabling refreshments to be served at the back of church after services and on other occasions.
Background: Our target of £345,000 for the total cost of this phase 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, 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’.