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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 : 7.30pm

Have your say to get St Mary’s future back on track

An open meeting is planned for Thursday, 1 February, 7.30pm at St Mary’s to include:

  • 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

Background

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

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.

How You Can Help

To prove what the Parish and the Devizes and area community believe is best future for the church, and what would need to be done to implement the proposed solution, we are asking for all interested individuals or organisations to contribute to a Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat (SWOT) analysis.

We will ask everyone attending to complete this exercise, but if you are unable to attend we would value your comments. Please consider each proposed use under the headings: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats – and if possible rating their important from 1 – 5.

Send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name/organisation or hand in to the parish office in Long Street. These responses will be added to the FUS18 results.

Once we have a well-argued document on the way forward and what then needs to be done, we can engage in pre-planning discussions with the DAC and Wiltshire Council Development.

This should establish if it is worth engaging an architect or if a redundancy application should be made to the Diocese.

We very much hope you can come and it would help us organise the event if you could let us know how many to expect.
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Many thanks
Tony Scorer
Project Manager, St Mary’s Future Group