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Our Vision

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


EVENTS

Future Use Seminar 1st Feb 2018

A big Thank You to all those who attended!

We had around 60 attendees for the seminar - a great turn-out for a February weekday evening. we are grateful for your feedback and suggestions. If you wish to review the content, you can...

Download the Future Use Presentation

Results of the meeting


The meeting was well attended and there was lots of audience participation.  This resulted in confirmation that the concept of church and multi-use community space was most likely to be viable.  More detail can be found in the MEETING REPORT.

Getting St Mary’s future back on track

The meeting at St Mary’s included:

  • An update of work over the last year
  • What’s included in in the Conservation Management Plan [CMP]
  • Outline of the ‘Vision’ statements
  • Input from the attendees on suggested new uses
  • The meeting was be preceded by a quarter peal of the bells of St Mary's

Background

The Salisbury Diocesan Advisory Committee[(DAC] asked for a Conserva

tion Management Plan [CMP] to be developed which includes a wide ranging summary of St Mary’s place in the community; the importance attached to every significant attribute and what policies would be adopted to look after these features. It has taken most of 2017 to work up the draft document into a robust analysis following informal advice from the DAC over the year. The document includes input from the Church Building Council and Church Care.

View the Evaluation Document

Useful background information for the Meeting

The CMP includes significance assessments using the ratings Exceptional, Considerable, Some, Little and Negative.

The DAC, Wiltshire Conservation and Historic England all require more rigorous investigation and analysis before they will accept that a dual-use church and community space is the best solution to prevent an application for redundancy. During 2017 all 19 previously suggested uses were subject to a 17 point assessment by the St Mary’s Future Group and the Parochial Church Council [PCC].

This work reduced the number to the most favoured eight, namely:

  • Art gallery
  • Café
  • Central home for different charities
  • Church for another congregation
  • Craft workshop
  • Dedicated theatre
  • Drop in centre
  • Dual use Church and community space (performance space, meeting rooms, office)

The analysis is expanded upon, with comments on these new use ideas, in FUS18 a document that can also be found on the stmarydevizestrust.org.uk web site.