Development Plan

WORK NEEDED

 

IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT BRICKS AND MONEY!

The interior is fine but St George's building needs a lot of work to the external fabric. The recent architect's report specifically points out the need to re-point the whole of the outside of the Church, replace the gutters and carry out other repairs before the next inspection in five year's time.

In 2010 it is envisaged that the total cost of these repairs could be as much as £250,000.

DEVELOPMENT GROUP
We formed a St George's Church Development Group whose job it is to apply for grants and raise money for a Development Fund. The fund was kicked off with a generous donation of $1,000 from a former member of St George's now living in the USA. It is envisaged that there will be a number of fundraising activities with different people taking responsibility to coordinate them
 

St George's has served its local community since 1840 and we want to continue to do so in the future. In 1976 the Church was adapted to create rooms for community use. The Development Group are looking at how to extend our use of the building, especially in the daytime.

DEVELOPMENT PLAN
We have prepared a 'Statement of Need' using data collected to establish the kind of facitlites and activities that are needed in the area so that we can continue to offer a long term sustainable community service.

How do you think St George's could be used more fully? Let's have your ideas

WORK COMPLETED

Many smaller projects have been completed over the last few years, financed by a combination of grants and the generosity of our Congregation and friends :-

Purchased a "sit-on" lawn mower to help maintain the graveyard.                 

 

 

 

 

 

Created a "Garden of Remembrance" for internment of ashes,

located next to the south gate.                             

 

 

 

 

 

Replaced the ceiling-mounted church lights with new low energy lights

which allowed us to insulate the roof cavity, so to conserve heat.

Replaced the 39 year old boiler with a pair of high-output condensation

boilers, giving us a better control of our heating.

The combination of roof insulation plus new boiler system has reduced

our gas consumption by about 30%

 

Relaid the main west path to make a safer and more attractive entrance into church

 

In 2016 we started the major building projects with the renovation of the south side of our church and gutters  (click link to see details), funded with the help of a grant from the 'Listed Places of Worship' fund, and many generous donations from members of the congregation.

 

Then after another couple of years planning and fund raising by our congregation, and thanks to a generous grant of £233,000 from the 'National Lottery Heritage Fund' towards the £300,000 project, in 2019  we were finally able to renovation the Church roof and gutters ( click link to see details) in time for out 179th anniversary. The scheme also included a total update of our emergency lighting system and total renovation of the upper lounge Kitchenette.

 

The next phase of our renovation is the restoration of our historic GANN organ, to be hopefully followed by the renovation of the whole east end of the church, including replacement of the two leaking vestry roofs,