St Catherine’s church is at the hub of this small community. Alongside the Sunday services, other social gatherings take place throughout the week, such as ‘Café Church’ for pensioners, children’s craft activities, concerts and visiting guest speakers. With the church thriving as an active centre for the village, it was becoming increasingly important to address the suitability of the facilities in the building. The church had no WC meaning that the building’s users were required to walk approximately 75 metres to the village hall. Equally, there was no kitchen or water supply, so when social gatherings took place all the food, drink, crockery and cutlery needed to be carried by the event organisers to and from the church. Finally, there was no secure changing or storage area for use by the clergy in the church. A modest facility was needed so that they could change in privacy and lock away any personal belongings.
Like many churches, St Catherine’s was looking to make the space within the building more flexible in use. The pews at the southwest end of the church were rarely used, uncomfortable and unable to be moved to suit the various activities taking place.
This much-needed church re-ordering project would enable a wider range of activities and improve accessibility for all people. The intention was to encourage more people to attend the church, whilst preserving the heritage value of the Grade II listed building. A WC, servery and secure vestry were at the heart of the project, alongside repairs to the interior and exterior of the church, including roof repairs, stonework repairs to the tower, window repairs and repointing.