TREASURING THE PAST • CELEBRATING THE PRESENT • CHALLENGED BY THE FUTURE
St Mary’s Church, Hadleigh was recognised as one of England’s major parish churches in 2016. Its last major restoration and re-ordering took place 150 years ago. We believe that it is now time to renew the building, so that it can meet the needs and challenges of the 21st century.
St Mary’s is a major asset for the wider community in Hadleigh and beyond. As a parish church serving an expanding town, it is primarily a place of worship. The church is also used regularly by a broad range of organisations with educational, social, cultural and recreational interests. There is no other building in our locality large enough to accommodate their activities.
The Renewal Project is divided into three areas of development:
- Major Fabric Work
- Interpretation Project
A Committee was commissioned by the PCC to set up the framework of management for taking these three areas forward, and researching information that will be required to move forward.
Work commenced in 2016 looking into the most urgent needs, architects for the project and funding.
Architects Freeland Rees Roberts of Cambridge were appointed in 2018.
A number of small grants have been made to the Renewal fund and a bid for HLF funding was made in 2018 which was turned down. Early in 2019 a Marieschi painting which had hung in the Rectory since 1750 was sold and raised £350,000 which is now enabling the committee to commence some urgent fabric work and to start preparatory work with the architects with plans and estimates for the work we would like to take place in the next few years.
Please pray that we all will allow the Lord to lead us forward on our journey of faith.
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