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PAST EVENTS

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Social events in 2015
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150th Celebrations
 
 
 

PLANS TO REORDER ST PAUL'S CHURCH

The PCC have been discussing plans to reorder the church, and several public meetings have been held.  At their 'Away Day' earlier in the year the PCC considered the preliminary plans from two architects and then compared them to the specification that had been compiled from all the comments and feedback over last year. So many ideas and creative ways of looking at our church from both architects but fascinating as well.  Since then the contract has been placed, and the plans have been revised.

We still have many meetings to go before making final decisions and writing the faculty for permission to ‘go-ahead’.  We will be looking in more detail at the process as it unfolds and the details of each individual phase (including finance) will be published in the magazine.  The display by the organ pipes will keep you updated as well.

 

Details of a temporary trial to create more social space.

 

Reasons for phasing

  • keep worship at the centre of all re-ordering

  • preserve the integrity of the building

  • use the building, as far as possible, for worship and welcome during each stage

  • have a manageable and controlled process

  • focus grant applications on discrete areas with clear criteria

  • achieve the best we can as a heritage for the future

 

 The Phases as projected at October 2015

 

INVITING AND WELCOMING

  • open up the church with new glazed doors facing outwards to the road

  • link the porch to the car park

  • do all we can to present an attractive façade

THE LADY CHAPEL

  • remove pews

  • glaze the arches to enhance the present stained glass windows

  • create a special worship space with carpets and chairs

  • create a space for a variety of meetings

  • install independent heating

 OFFICE, ADDITIONAL WC, FLOWER ROOM, CLEANING STORE AND COFFEE FACILITY

  • good access from car park

  • choir robe and music storage included

  • additional church small storage – documents, etc

  • ladder storage

  • attention to rear door to facilitate easier access to disabled WC

 

 KITCHEN - relocated into choir vestry (see plans on boards)

 

SOCIAL AREA

  • decision on pews in the south side of church

  • provision of storage cupboards (re-using pews as much as possible) for folding tables and stacking chairs

  • subsidiary heating on the south wall 

 WORSHIP AREA

  • preserve our precious things (lectern, font and pulpit are good examples)

  • make greater use of the chancel as a worship area

  • create opportunity for some worship to be closer to the congregation – nave altar on dais extending from chancel to nave (actually altar will be between nave and chancel)

  • better provision for concerts etc

 

SECONDARY DOUBLE GLAZING, HEATING AND LIGHTING CHANGES

  • secondary double glazing to nave windows

  • provide a more efficient heating system with existing boilers

ORGAN - replace the organ with an electronic one, retaining the organ pipe screen

 

All this will require £££££££s !!!!

 

At the October meeting of the building committee we discussed the different ways we can finance the whole project (and there may be more):

  • MONEY WE HAVE NOW, INCLUDING THE SALE OF THE PARISH HALL

  • FUNDRAISING

  • GIFT DAYS

  • APPEALS

  • DONATIONS FROM INDIVIDUALS (OR ORGANISATIONS) FOR GENERAL WORK OR SPECIFIC  ITEMS

  • GRANTS (WHICH WE ARE ALREADY INVESTIGATING)

We will need to be ‘ahead of the game’ all the time, costing each phase and totally completing before moving on (including furniture and fittings), continually looking at cash flow issues.

 

In November, we expect that the Diocesan Advisory Committee will meet in church to discuss our plans and advise what we can and cannot do.