Restoration and Development

Latest News:

 

In recent years the Church has restored its ancient tower, and added a kitchen/servery and a disabled toilet. Now we are working towards a more flexible space for worship and for activities for the wider Harston community. 

 


Please click on New Year, New Floor! for the latest news and larger photos.


New tiles delivered March 23!


We are very grateful to the Cambridge Historic Churches Trust for an interest-free loan towards replacing our floor with Ancaster Limestone Tiles which will allow the floor to breathe, so preventing damage to the columns. 


The Cambridge Historic Churches Trust  offers grants and loans to help congregations look after their historic places of worship. Details of the Trust's work can be found at www.camhct.uk



Apart from some regular maintenance, the walls will need some re-plastering and re-painting! 



The floor base has been drying out well, but now awaits the tiles. The contractors have also been doing some work on the lower areas of the pillars.  We continue to be very grateful to everyone for their support in making this work possible.


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Who will benefit?

 

We hope that everyone will benefit.  We are still at an early stage in our thinking about community use, but ideas that have been suggested include:


·       A pop-up cafe for young mothers and for the elderly, with space for young children to play;

·       A small ICT-hub for people with no home access to the Internet or Zoom conferencing;

·       A space for musical concerts and dramatic productions;

·       A permanent exhibition of the history of Harston through the ages;

·       A place for quiet reflection, inside and/or outside.

 

What is planned?

 

Replacement of our ageing pews with chairs and benches. This will help us on special occasions and when school parties and other groups visit the church, as well as giving us much greater flexibility in the events which we can organise. 

                              

          Replacement of the current floor with limestone tiles.

 

 Later we hope to embark on complete redecoration.

 

Why is this needed?

 

The brown lino tiles beneath the pews were very worn and a few of them were missing. They, and some small holes in the floor, are starting to develop into trip hazards. The tiles stopped the floor breathing, resulting in damage to the stone columns – which is why our project has included restoration work on the disintegrating plaster at the base of the columns.

 

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The quality of the new stone floor will show off the fine proportions of the church to greater advantage. We hope it will help to stir the imagination of visitors in years to come.