With much support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Church Members, the local Community and Northumberland County Council, a comprehensive repair and refurbishment programme has now been completed at St. James Church. This village Church is a much loved building, but prior to our Open Church Project, was a building in much need of urgent repair work. At the decision to undertake the essential repairs to the building, it was decided that to run concurrent with the repairs the interior of the Church would be re-ordered to move the use of the building forward as a place, not only for worship, but to meet the challenges of the future and the changing needs of the Community.
We now have a large open space in the Church, which is available, not only for use by the Church Members but also open to the local community for concert and presentations.
The screening of the transept has created a meeting room which, again, is open to booking by the local Community. This screen has double doors which when opened provide additional seating for well attended services. Upgraded lighting has been installed, which highlight the beautiful carved ceiling in all its glory.
An accessible toilet and a fitted kitchen have been installed at the rear of the Church, and together with an enlarged welcome area, glass doors to the Porch, all have helped to create St. James as a welcoming and open building for Community use.
Together with additional paths being laid and resurfaced, this comprehensive schedule of works is now complete. The Church Members, Community, Architect, together with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Northumberland County Council, all can be congratulated on the success of this whole project.
Whilst retaining the Church’s primary role as a place of worship, this extensive project has taken the building forward to meet the future in a most sensitive manner, whilst at all times reflecting the age and purpose of the building.
Well Done to All involved.