To watch a video about this project (about 15 minutes needed), please click the picture below.  You may be asked to log in to Vimeo – if you don’t have a Vimeo account you can ignore the request and just download the video

Our presentations and consultation of the proposed reordering of the church took place in September and October 2021.  Many of our parishioners and the wider community took the opportunity to view the proposals and provided some very constructive feedback on this bold and innovative package of improvements to our historic place of worship.  The Project Inspire team sincerely thanks those who provided feedback.

This is a summary of the analysis of the responses 2021 Public Consultation Summary Report

The scheme has these key objectives to make the church building a place of worship fit for the coming decades:

  • an open and welcoming space for flexible worship and community use;
  • level access for all abilities from the re-opened north porch to the communion rail;
  • shared spaces to make optimal use of the whole church building;
  • efficient energy use towards the Church of England ‘net-zero’ carbon reduction target by 2030;
  • heritage conserved by careful design of internal changes.

The various components of the project include upgrading the electrical system, modernising the lighting and AV facilities, installing better heating using under-floor heating, and providing comfortable chairs. Parts of the church will become multi-use spaces to enable the facilities in our Church Cottage to be moved to the church; finally, Shelley’s Walk will be greatly improved to provide a level footpath to the north door, the proposed main entrance. The multi-use areas will create spaces for the Parish Office, rooms for Sunday School groups during services and offer meeting rooms available at any time. A new kitchen will be installed as will two toilets, one of which will be accessible and have baby-changing facilities.

You are encouraged to look at the material provided (including this video (you can ignore the request to log in to Vimeo, just download the video) and the Project Inspire Presentation Leaflet).  The consultation survey has now closed, if you want to provide any information to the project team please email them.

If you would like to contribute to this project please

Click here to GIVE to St Lawrence

and reference your gift ‘Inspire’