Our Vision

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

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Update: January 2021 - Volunteers & the Interior

As this initiative to regenerate St Mary’s into a valuable community asset moves closer to becoming a reality, there are a number of ways that volunteers can become involved in deciding and implementing what is delivered. These are the practical issues than can benefit from the experience of others.

Key Topics

  • Promotion of St Mary’s In order to fulfil the opportunities provided by a re-vitalised church, the need is to raise the profile of this unique event space. To make it part of a local centre of excellence that is Devizes town. The response to Covid-19 has shown that Devizes thinks and acts as a dynamic entity for the whole local area. Just think of the many other innovative projects in place and the huge number of groups promoting and supporting all aspects of life. These opportunities are highlighted by the plans for the Assize Courts; by the excellence of the performers brought to the town by the Devizes Arts Festival; the breadth of offerings by the Devizes Food and Devizes Beer Festivals, as well as all the activities initiated by the hugely popular Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts group


  • Project Funding – we need to meld professional services and volunteer effort to ensure we can deliver the cash. Funding needs to be sought from a wide range of sources - both national funding bodies, locally based businesses and individuals.

  • Ongoing venue funding Ensure the Business Plan for the first five years is robust and can be delivered. Are the fundamental assumptions of capital funding and rate of growth to performance target achievable.

  • Sweetland Organ The organ has to be removed for successful refurbishment and re-built in its new location.

  • Zero Carbon Great care needs to be taken in considering the eco agenda. This is a balance of cost and benefit, for example deciding the source of heating source.

  • Archaeological investigation When the floor of the church is removed there will be the opportunity of helping the professional archaeologist with excavating and recording exactly what is found.

  • Lease details. We have a draft document lease between the Parochial Church Council, which owns the building and the St Mary Devizes Trust, which will operate the venue. This has been drawn up by the Salisbury Diocese on behalf of the PCC. They are both charitable organisations and so care has to be taken in getting it right.

Planning of interior fitments

  • Lighting and sound to ensure that the needs of professional performers, presenters and other users are satisfied with appropriate hardware and flexibility in both the nave and chancel.

  • Basic fixtures, including blackout provision, fire safety, staging and seating.

  • Electrical and IT services including the security system, video provision, broadband connectivity.

  • Kitchen equipment having regard to the kitchen’s role in the final preparation for event food, we need to ensure we can be provide what is needed.