St. James’ Church Wigmore Re-development
This section of our community website is intended to communicate the progress being made in the project to re-develop St. James’ Church, Wigmore.
Update – June 2018
It is with great regret that the Wigmore Centre Project, designed to keep
the Church of St James open for everyone to enjoy in the future, has come to
an end. The Wigmore Centre Community Interest Company would like to thank
everyone who has supported us in the past, we have very much appreciated
your help and your enthusiasm. This could be the last year that you will be
able to gain entry to this 1,000 year old building, so do visit if you have
not already done so.
Update – September 2016
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has just confirmed the development grant to re-order St James’ Church in Wigmore. This is fantastic news for the church and the village and is a giant leap forward in saving this historic and wonderful building.
The church will always be a church and available for services and fundraising ventures but will be given a new lease of life as an Interpretive and Heritage Centre.
The vision is to install all of the necessary services – loos, kitchens, heating and top quality technical facilities so that the church can be used for educational purposes as well as commercial ticketed events such as concerts and live streaming which will make it sustainable.
Access around the church will be greatly improved so that people with restricted mobility will be able to visit. We hope to arrange at least one disabled parking space and have an arrangement with Wigmore School to use their car park for functions which will be organised in the evenings, at weekends and during school holidays. So, all in all, this will be a much more accessible and comfortable venue and will hopefully attract many more people to its services and events.
The first phase of the project is expected to take a year and involves all of the preparatory work to cover the various surveys, architects designs and plans and the many permissions that have to be obtained to work in a Grade I listed building.
We will then confirm our application for monies for the second phase of the project which will be the actual build and this is expected to take around 9 months – so with lots of luck the re-ordered building should be up and running for Christmas 2018.
It has taken nearly two years to get to this stage and we are delighted that HLF have recognised the importance of this building and wish to work with us to keep it open.
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