St Giles’ Church re-ordering


St Giles’ Church is expected to be closed for 3 – 4 months from 15th May (the start date was originally planned for 24th April) for re-ordering work at the back of the church.  We have just heard that we’ve been granted permission to use the Methodist Chapel for services and choir practices through this time, and the adjacent Schoolroom for Coffee, Cake and Chat and for Baby Club, so there will be no interruption in local provision.

The expected work at St Giles’ might come as a surprise to some of you, so you might be interested to hear some background.  Six years ago we launched two mid-week social /pastoral sessions, taking advantage of the newly opened facilities in the tower, which brought a servery and W.C.  However we realised that the space to gather in church was limited, not just for those meetings, but for times after services when we had a chance to catch up with one another and get to know new worshippers.  Further changes were needed!  A proposal was developed to bring improvements, with greater space and flexibility. To say that bringing this to a point of readiness-to-proceed has been a challenge is an understatement!  Eventually last summer we were granted the official permission to carry out the work, and funds from generous donations and an unexpected legacy have enabled us to get to the starting line.  Thanks be to God!

The plans for the project are shown below. Click here for a downloadable and printable PDF file.


Due to the delayed start date for the work, Coffee, Cake and Chat and Baby Club will be able to continue there until 12th May, and the United Village Service on 30th April will also be able to be held there.  A bonus is that our bellringers will be able to ring for the Coronation!