This paper was prepared by Peter Batey for the Parochial Church Council at St. Nicholas’ in early 1984. It presents the work of a special sub-committee formed in 1981 to consider the future of St. Nicholas’ Church.
A total of eight options are described and discussed, some of them quite radical. These options are whittled down to three in the final section of the paper and, following extensive discussion by the PCC, a decision was taken to accept the first of these options: “Retain the present church and halls, restoring them and maintaining them in good repair.” This important decision marked the start of an extensive restoration programme that has continued until this day. Read On The Future of St Nicholas’ 1984 – A discussion Paper.
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 £211,000. 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’.