St Botolph’s Church could be set to bid for a £2 million revamp in plans unveiled last night.
Members of the church organisation told the more than 100 people attending a launch event about the plans - which could create 10 new employment and training opportunities and a number of volunteer roles.
The changes include:
○ Removing a number of pews either on either side of the church, or the back eight rows to create space within the church.
○ Opening up access to the library to all visitors - including potentially rotating significant works such as historic and first editions on display.
○ Glass porches inside the doors to protect visitors from draughts while maintaining the views of the church.
○ Improving health and safety in the tower including the addition of rails and emergency lighting, CCTV and information going up the church.
○ Installing a welcome desk and tourist information area.
○ Information boards in the church explaining the history of the town and the church - along with a new information board outside the church.
○ A ‘labyrinth and landscaped area’ linking the church to the memorial hall on Church Close.
○ Converting the hall into a ‘flexible learning and parish centre - including a Stump-themed soft-play area (with a slide inside the tower).
○ National curriculum linked learning using the history of the church and facts relating to it being a calendar church.
○ There will be three jobs created for Appointment of an Education Outreach Officer, a Project Manager (stage 2) and a Project Administrator, along with five apprenticeships and two six-month internships.
In order to make the bid to the HLF for the £2 million the organisers will follow a timeline.
The public consultation will run until September 5, when the proposals to be edited following feedback.
They will then apply for approval from the Parochial Church Council at the end of September.
The bid will then be written and submitted at the end of November, ready for a Stage One decision next March.
It is hoped the bid will be successful and work will start on the plans by 2016.
For the full story and reaction see next week’s Boston Standard.