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Our Vision

... to transform the historic Church of St Mary, Devizes, into a new vibrant building


Our Project...

The Church of St Mary the Virgin,  Park Street, Devizes, dates from the Norman times and is one of the most important buildings in the town, with the church tower a particular landmark. The building is listed Grade I, putting it amongst the top 2.5% of listed buildings in the country.

New uses within the multi-use concept

  • Theatrical performances

  • Dance performances for an audience

  • Exhibitions and static displays, art, photography, sculpture

  • Café and refreshment services in conjunction with events 

  • Public Meetings
  • Film Shows
  • Extension of Church functions i.e. hosting receptions after Baptism, Wedding and Funerals

  • Office functions for charities, possible a volunteer led Tourist Information Centre

 Project Story - history and intentions Methodology is a useful document in answering questions

 

 Project Support Groups are being set up to assist with the next steps of the design and the ensure the regeneration project is successful.

Each has a Convenor who will be the point of contact for ideas and questions.  If you would like more information or to contribute to a group then email

The Groups in no particulart order are:

  • Heritage Arts and Events
  • Technical Services and interior fittings
  • Project Funding
  • Business Plan and running the venue
  • Promotion of St Mary's as a superb venue
  • Governance
  • Zero carbon and churchyard
  • Archaeology investigation support
  • Sweetland Organ refurbishment
  • Spirituality and church use

Plan of the 2021 design

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Jan2021Plan

 


Thanks to our Supporters

titco logo01We wish to thank all the members of the public who continue to support us, and those wonderful event organisers who have choosen to use St. Mary for their shows and meetings. A special mention must go to The Invitation Theatre Company (TITCo) who had put on major shows for a number of years to sell out audiences, not least the recent "The Armed Man", 'Sister Act' and the classic 'War of the Worlds'.

TITCo have continued to use St Mary's for singing rehearsals and have posted a YouTube video. The aim is to take St Mary's from a closed building to a much visited asset to the town instead of merely an interesting background view.

 


Planning Application Documents

Documents supporting the planning and faculty applications are listed below. Also available are the letters received following a meeting at St Mary’s in October 2019.

Click on the link to download, please note these documents are in .pdf file format.

Download      Executive Summary – Chedburn Codd
Download       Business Plan descriptive document - StMFG
Download      Business Plan spreadsheet - the numbers - StMFG
Download       Conservation Management Plan - StMFG
Download       Historic Building Assessment - Matthew McMurray. A textual document
Download      Historic Building Assessment – Figures - Matthew McMurray, warning a very large file.
Download       Building Investigation – Demaus Building Diagnostics Ltd
Download       Ecological Assessment – St Mary’s Church July 1917 - Ecological Surveys Ltd.
Download      Archaeological Evaluation Report (Trial Pits) – Headland Archaeology Ltd
Download       Study St Mary’s Churchyard – burial activity - StMFG
Download       St Mary Devizes – Levels of Change - StMFG
Download       Statement of Need- StMFG
Download       Statement of Significance – StMFG
Download       Heritage, Design & Access Statement Chedburn Codd


Any suggestions or questions can be addressed to


Background information to the recent design update

Download       Comments on the letters received from the CBC, DAC HE re plans of Oct 2019.  The comments come first, then the letters with paragraph numbers.