Proposals in detail
The St John’s Church Development Project was launched in September 2016 with several objectives in mind.
To make the church more welcoming and open. This has been achieved with the refurbishment of the north porch, including the installation of new glass doors and new notice boards.
To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the church heating, including essential repairs to exclude draughts from the roofing in the Lady Chapel area.
To house WCs with disabled access and a boiler in a new extension on the south side of the church. This means the relocation of a stained glass window needs to take place first. We need to raise funds for the extension.
To make the present layout more flexible. This includes the commissioning of a new moveable altar and relocating the present fixed stone altar [pictured] in the Lady Chapel. It is proposed that new flooring would eventually be laid.
Sam Wiggs, the committee’s Chairman has written an update (Summer 2017) click here to read
St John’s has been a place of worship for more than 1000 years. The ancient yew tree in the churchyard suggests that religious activities may have taken place here, on the banks of the River Nadder, for much longer.
The church is a lovely grade 1 listed building with many important and beautiful features. It has been lovingly cared for over the centuries and in that time has had substantial alterations made to suit the needs of each generation. Some examples of this are that the pews were installed the 17th century (there have been many modifications to them since), a version of the present heating system in the early 20th century, and the Willis organ in the late 19th century.
In the 1970s the chancel, which is quite remote from the rest of the church, was turned into a separate chapel and the choir stalls and organ were brought into their present position in the main body of the building. The chancel is now called St Andrew’s Chapel and was considerably improved in 2002. It is a lovely intimate space for small services, meetings and concerts. It has its own small pipe organ.
Work has continued with fundraising and already there have been a number of very generous donations. Behind the scenes, the Development Committee has been working on specific aspects of the overall project; some work needs to take place before something else can begin! The good news is that there has been significant progress with some plans but there have been one or two inevitable frustrations. The Parochial Church Council has had to make important decisions.
HOW TO GIVE TO THE DEVELOPMENT FUND
The Parish Office (Development)
The Hinton Hall
We have to recognise the unlikely possibility that we shall fail to reach our target. If this happens the plans may have to be modified and we would use gifts given for the development for any purpose connected with the enhancement or maintenance of the building. If we raise more money than is needed for the first stage any surplus will be also be used for any purpose connected with the enhancement or maintenance of St John’s.