Not just restoration
Being the Church means knowing how we can best use our buildings - that will mean REORDERING. To help the Church to be of even greater use to the community we are planning to improve disabled access, provide toilets, a welcoming reception and an area to prepare and serve refreshments.
How can it be done?
We have some money in the former Restoration Fund but English Heritage cannot give grants because demands from other churches around the country are so great.
There are local groups and trusts who may help and we are grateful for having already received a generous donation for the stained glass windows. Thanks also to The Suffolk Environmental Trust & Mid-Suffolk District Council for grants of £10,000 for work on St Peter's Hall.
The 3R's Project was launched at our Flower Festival and Gift Day in August 2004. Since then we have had Indoor Boot Sales, Coffee Mornings, Cheese and Wine evenings, Christmas Tree Festival and a Talent Contest to add to the funds.
Recycle your unwanted items and help raise some money for The 3Rs Project
We are have some boxes that you can put jewellery, old and foreign banknotes and coins and gadgets in to be recycled. If you have a clear out and don't know what to do with these items that you no longer want how about putting it in one of the boxes? They can be found in Stowmarket library, the Town Council Offices, Mid Suffolk Tourist Information Centre and in our Church. The list of things that can be recycled are:
Put your unwanted items in a bag or envelope and place them in the boxes. All money raised will go to our 3Rs Project of Restoration, Renovation and Reordering which is planning to redecorate the inside of the church this year.
St. Peter and St. Mary's Church
The Victorian glass windows on the south side of the Church have recently been replaced by clear windows with four stained glass designs depicting seasonal, local & spiritual ideas and concepts.
Designed by Helen Whittaker from Barley Studio in York , Spring and Summer were fitted in December 2005 and Autumn and Winter in March 2006. They also let much more light into the church.
The windows running along the central aisle of the church, high above the arches are known as "clerestory windows".
Repairs need to be made to all of these at an estimated cost of £8,000 each. As there are 12 clerestory windows the total cost will be £96,000.
St. Peters Hall
What have we completed so far?
The total cost, when completed is expected to be in the region of £45,000.