The current vogue, we are told, is for homeowners to fund an extension or convert lofts and basements rather than go to the expense of moving. Such measures, grand as the are – pale in comparison to the changes which are transforming St John’s, Sharow, in to a church that meets the needs of the community in the 21st Century.
The builders are moving in to transform the church before Christmas – a tight deadline considering the church is adding new accessible toilets, glazed doors, meeting room space and a brand new kitchen. Outside, plans are in place for a new car park to serve the local school, church and village hall.
These efforts are part of the church’s ‘Vision Project’, which has been part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the WREN Trust and a number of private funders.
The church’s Heritage Learning Officer, Joe Priestley, writes: “The work we are carrying out will ensure the church is able to serve 21st century needs, whilst ensuring the integrity of precious heritage of the building is maintained. I amazed at the energy of the churchwardens and volunteers who have overseen this amazing project – I can’t wait to see the results of their efforts.”
The church is now searching for local funders and partnerships to ensure the work can be completed. Joe continues: “If you want to find out more about the work or how you can get involved, please do come along to our Heritage Open Day on Saturday 9th or check out our website or social media.”