The building is listed Grade I, putting it amongst the top 2.5% of listed buildings in the country. The St.Mary Future Group is working hard to turn this wonderful building into an arts and community space that will become a hub for future generations.
New uses within the multi-use concept
Exciting new plans are now approved and we are starting the process to fundraise and construct this excellent project.
Exhibitions and static displays, art, photography, sculpture
Café and refreshment services in conjunction with events
- Public Meetings
Extension of Church functions i.e. hosting receptions after Baptism, Wedding and Funerals
Office functions for charities, possibly a volunteer-led Tourist Information Centre
Project Support Groups have been set up to assist with the next steps of the design and the ensure the regeneration project is successful. Each has a Convenor will be the point of contact for ideas and questions.
The Groups in no particulart order are:
- Heritage Arts and Events
- IT Technical Services
- Interior fittings and furniture
- Project Funding; Business Plan and Governance
- Promotion of St Mary's as a superb venue
- Zero carbon and churchyard
- Archaeology investigation support
- Sweetland Organ refurbishment
- Spirituality and church use
If you would like more information or to contribute to a group please contact us
Thanks to our Supporters
We 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.