BUILDING PROJECT 2016
We are very pleased to announce that St Laurence Church has been awarded the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches 2016 Annual Award in recognition of our new building works and facilities.
The photo on the right shows Rev Frank Gimson, Team Rector, and Ken Parsons, churchwarden, with the award.
Background to the building project.
The sale of the church hall in 2015 allowed us to make some major alterations to the inside of the church. This has meant moving the font to allow the installation of an office, toilets and a meeting room at the rear. A dais at the front of the nave (the main part of the church) has also been installed so that it can be used not only for worship but also musical and other performances.
What is the aim?
The aim is to make St Laurence Church a communal space usable for a broader range of activities by the wider Downton community.
The pictures below show the work progressing.
Before Easter the font and two memorials were moved from the rear of the church to alternative positions.
The font in its new position - and decorated ready for Easter.
Laying the pipes (left)
The rooms at the back of church beginning to take shape (right)
The construction of the dais has been fascinating to watch. It is nearly complete, and when finished there will be a removable rail round the edge.
The office (left) and the servery (right) are also progressing well.
We are looking forward to being able to use them very soon!
September 2016 - The Building Project is Finished!
The back of church, set up ready for the celebrations on 4th September (showing the outside of the
Our celebration cake!
The meeting room, which is also being used for Sunday School
Fay Dobson, our oldest Church member, cutting the celebration cake
The finished dais
Frank Gimson, Vicar, and
Ken Parsons, Churchwarden,
at the celebrations on
Blessing the new facilities