Our Vision

... to transform the historic Church of St Mary, Devizes, into a performance, arts and community space.

Request for your ranking of new use suggestions

July 7th 2017 - As part of our new Conservation Management Plan, which will be published shortly, we are asking for your help in ensuring we have a robust short list of possible and practical new uses. They are all listed in the attached documents, some are, arguably, highly unlikely but we must ensure they are considered.

Please use the scoring numbers from 1 to 5  against each suggested new use (listed below), if you can't use the spreadsheet, then print it or the "pdf" file out and send it to the parish office in Long Street next to St John's Church Devizes, SN10 1NP.

If you add your name and contact details you will be kept informed of progress.

New Use questionnaire pdf  new use questionnaire as an Excel spreadsheet

The new uses being examined are:

Action venue, paint balling, go carts
Art gallery
Bowling alley
Carpet warehouse
Central home for different charities
Church for another congregation
Community event space
Craft workshop
Dedicated theatre
Drop in centre
Food store/food bank
Murder Mystery / crystal maze venue
Non-christian worshipspace
Redundant church
Residential and office use
Soft play area
Sports centre - climbing wall , skate boarding, volley ball
  and the criteria on the basis of 1 to 5, one being least likely or most difficult to five being most likely or best

  Lack of onsite parking & access issues
  Impact of necessary changes for this use on interior
  Impact of necessary changes in churchyard for this use
  Impact on churchyard biodiversity
  Setting of the church

  Can it be financed by Poorlands Charity (who currently maintain the church)
  Likely hood of commercial funding
  Likely hood of charitable funding 
  Likely hood of on-going financial viability

Human resources
  Likely hood of Parish of St John with St Mary support for implementation with human resources.
  Likely hood of community support for implementing change of use

Social benefits
  Benefit to the life of the town
  Importance for local tourism
  Prospect of community support/ success of new use
  Employment opportunities - paid jobs 
  Employment opportunities – voluntary sector -including disabled
  Educational benefits

Pew Removal Faculty Granted

July 7th 2017   - The Chancellor of Salisbury Diocese has given us permission to remove the pew frontal and the two rows of pews behind.  If you would like to puchase one , then contact the Parish Office of St John's with St Mary's, Long Street, Devizes SN10 1NP. Open 10 to 12  Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01380 724389.

pews north sidepews south side

Look under the Floor

joistsSix pews from the North West corner have been removed as part of the plan to regenerate the church. Following Archdeacon’s permission these pews and the timber floor boards have been lifted and stored, this exposed the joists and joist bearing timbers with their supporting walls.

A significant amount of rot, possibly dry rot, has been discovered in these timbers, many of which crumbled at the touch. We think the floor has been held up by the box-like structure of the pews firmly attached to the floor boards and these to the joists, with the occasional brick pillar. The structural engineer thinks that inadequate ventilation in the sub-floor did not help.

Nothing of interest was discovered under the floor, just disturbed chalk over pure greensand, however on investigation of the boiler room area, known as “the coalhole”, which lies partially under this area it became obvious that the pile of bricks were from the collapsed doming and so a warning has been posted forbidding walking over the top in case it collapses.

Unfortunately the pews ends that were abutting the wall show signs of rot and beetle attack.