Important developments at Dumbleton Church
Press Releases - 30/08/2016
With the help of a generous grant of £15,000 from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust and grants and gifts from other donors, St Peter's Church in the attractive north Cotswold village of Dumbleton is now more user-friendly to villagers and visitors alike.
The work, titled the Refresh Project, has cost over £70,000 and includes the provision of toilet facilities and the establishment in the north transept of an attractive social area with kitchen and storage units specially designed to blend with the existing internal arrangement of this beautiful and historic church.
The need for these developments has been highlighted in recent years by the large number of weddings celebrated annually, and guests, many of whom come long distances, will benefit greatly from the facilities now available.
Furthermore, the village now has the ideal location for a variety of activities for young and old - social gatherings, meetings, talks, workshops etc - bringing the church into the centre of this active community and emphasising its close links with the school.
The vicar, the Reverend Nick Carter said: "The parish church in Dumbleton can now proudly step into the twenty-first century with its stylish kitchen and storage facilities. We are now able to offer to our increasing number of wedding couples, their families and friends, baptism families, as well as our own weekly congregations, an improved environment and access to new toilet facilities. Villagers and visitors will now be able to use the church for a host of meetings and social occasions helping to signal that the parish church is open for everyone."
Highgate Construction Ltd of Wormington has provided the team of skilled workmen who under the guidance of architect Michael Strode have taken the project from concept to reality.
St Peter's is a Grade I listed building, parts of which date back to the Norman era. It has seen many additions and changes over the centuries, this project being just one more stage in its long history.
The vicar and Church Council are grateful for the assistance of the Diocese of Gloucester with the planning of this project, for the local support and fundraising but, above all, for the generosity of the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust and fellow donors which has enabled this important development to come to such a highly successful conclusion.
Other donors include: Tewkesbury Borough Council, the Monsell Family, Garfield Weston Foundation, Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust, the Diocese of Gloucester Mission Grant Scheme, The Beatrice Laing Trust, Dumbleton Parish Council, Allchurches Trust Limited and the parishioners and friends of St Peter's.