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It is needed to improve the interior space of this much-loved historic building so that it can continue to serve and improve its hospitality to the local community, to visitors from far and wide and to the Madingley congregation.
The church has a Grade 2* listing and is the oldest building in the village. Many visitors come to find out about the history of the church and the village and this is possible because the doors are open 365 days of the year.
People from 36 different countries have signed the visitors book over the past 5 years – some have come to find traces of their forebears, some to admire the architecture and some to find a place of peace to reflect:
“Came to see the ten roof angels in the tower. Thank you having the door open.”
“Wonderful World War 1 display – so interesting to hear of those local men who served.”
“Quiet, peaceful and restful but still serving the community – one of the most beautiful and peaceful churches I have come across.”
“We came to see the iconoclasm of William Dowsing and found it!”
“So well cared for. Glad to find such a lively and interesting church open: a credit to you all.”
However, our ability to tell this historical story is severely constrained through lack of circulation and display space.
The current arrangement for the vestry and storage space is cramped and insecure. There is no space available for serving refreshments after services or for children to play, no toilets and no running water – every drop is carried from the tap by the church gate. Fund raising and community events are a health and safety nightmare! This lack of amenity restricts what it is possible to do.
It is, of course, vital to the long-term future of the building that as many people as possible are able to use the building. The Village School, Institute of Education and other organisations have held events here but the lack of even the most basic facilities of toilet and running water make this extremely difficult. Requests to hold concerts and lectures here have to be turned down.
The Parochial Church Council has responded to these challenges with The West End Development Project which will provide:
Ashley Courtney RIBA AABC was appointed church architect in 2015. His proposals respond sensitively to the existing historic architecture and he has produced an extremely detailed design. Some pews and other woodwork are to be removed but will be reused in the construction of cupboards and other elements of the West End Development. Two of the fifteenth century cherubim currently located in the tower are to be housed in a display case to improve public access. Careful consideration has been given to archaeology, conservation of historic fabric and ecological matters. Professional monitoring will be carried out through the construction phase.
|New foul drain and new water supply into church, and new path||£120,000|
|New lavatory to tower, with staircase to new gallery over. Improved safer access to belfry.||£110,000|
|New kitchen joinery unit and new servery to west end of nave with alterations to pew platform and floor finishes as necessary.||£ 45,000|
|Move Organ and form new Vestry, and essential lime plaster repairs in the nave.||£40,000|
|North Aisle improvements including reducing number of pews and removing pew platform to Lady Chapel. New electrical cupboard and additional heating provided.||£35,000|
Looking towards the west end of the nave showing the old vestry removed and a new tea preparation unit placed against the wall. Inside the tower there will be an accessible lavatory complete with baby-change unit and storage cupboard. Overhead will be a gallery from where the bells will be rung and there will be a separate access to the belfry and spire above.
The organ will be moved eastwards to allow sufficient space so that a new vestry can be located in the west corner of the nave. A display cabinet will house two of the cherubim (currently fixed in the tower).
The PCC has:
When sufficient funds have been raised, the aim is to complete the construction phase during 2018.
Make a contribution, however large or small! This will be very welcome and it is possible to donate in a variety of ways:
Support these fund raising initiatives:
Support the National Gardens Scheme Open Garden at Madingley Hall on Sunday 4th June 2017.
For further information please contact us
by email: email@example.com or by phone: 01954 210766 (Secretary to the PCC)
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