The Cultural Engine led this project following a successful Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Stage 1 pass achieved by the Parish in 2017. We led the full development and application process for the HLF Stage 2 and ultimately secured the capital funding for this important heritage asset. The £1,880,000 project will correct serious structural damage and will restore the west end of the church to its 1880s look.
New facilities and a remodelled interior will create three flexible community spaces on two floors. These spaces will offer better facilities for worship and activities based around acting, film-making, arts, crafts, and forest activities. The facility will also feature a community café, be able to be rented for community activities and for the provision of an annual festival ‘the Forestival’. The Church graveyard will be enhanced with new paths and facilities from which forest activities can be undertaken.