A number of important improvements for the fabric of the Church building commenced in November 2015. Works will continue until March 2016. The two big initiatives are:
- to open up the Church to the town via glass doors for the west entrance, which will let light into the building during opening times and be more welcoming; and
- to provide toilets in the Church building, near the west door.
Additionally the opportunity is being taken for further enhancements to:
- improve disabled access by replacing the malfunctioning lift with a new simpler platform lift;
- replace temporary ramps into the north and south transepts with stone ramps;
- lay new stone flooring at the west end;
- create space near the south transept to house a grand piano; and
- eventually as funds permit to provide a new vestry door and a glass window to the library above the porch.
From early November, the contractors, Recclesia will be commencing work inside St. Mary’s. Recclesia is a conservation and repair expert which specialises in the conservation and repair of historic and listed buildings. The work will be supervised by Donald Insall Associates Ltd, our Church architect.
This does mean that some of the Church’s works of art such as the Jubilee Curtain, the new banner and the tapestry kneelers have been put away for safe-keeping. We are sorry if you had anticipated seeing these, but hope you understand the need for our re-ordering works.
The Church remains open during construction, but parts of the building will not be accessible. You are however still welcome to visit.
Rector: Reverend Canon Dr Barry Wilson
Some more detail of our plans can be seen here.
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