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St Mary’s Re-opens: Your Help is Needed

Monday 11th February, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

by Ed Mills | tags: , , , ,

Ed Mills explains that great progress is being made with the developments at St Mary’s, but more funds are needed to complete the project

St Mary’s Church opens for its first service on Sunday 3rd February since it temporarily closed at the start of July. Anyone venturing into the church in February may well wonder what has actually been achieved in last seven months. Whilst it might look like little has changed, the ancient church is making excellent progress on one of the most important developments in its long history. Since the summer, the tired floorboards have been removed, old rubble underneath has been excavated, underfloor heating pipes have been installed and a limecrete subfloor has been laid. The project is well on its way to making St Mary’s one of the finest, flexible spaces for worship, concerts, events, exhibitions and education in the city of Nottingham. The developments will make the most of the church’s important heritage whilst making it suitable for the demands and expectations of the 21st century.

Despite the good progress that has been made so far, there is more to be done. Of most significant visual impact will be the striking new stone floor, designed by renowned artist Tess Jaray, which will be laid over the next few months. A number of additional improvements are also proposed, including the installation of additional convection heaters, a state-ofthe- art sound system, improved lighting, restoration of the North and South transepts and overhauling of the Marcussen organ. All of this will contribute to the vision for St Mary’s, helping to make it truly central to the life of the city and the newly formed “Creative Quarter”.

Your help is needed!

Progress so far has been helped by the financial support of a number of individuals and organisations. Without their kind generosity the project would never have got off the ground. However, a final push is needed to reach the final target. Your contribution could help many more people appreciate the heritage of St Mary’s and help to preserve one of a small handful of Grade 1 listed buildings in the city for generations to come.

Please visit www.stmarys2013.co.uk for more information about the appeal and to find out how you could support it. Alternatively email office@nottinghamchurches.org to request further details and a giving form.

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