Refurbishment Project

Disabled Access Update




We have tremendous news to report!

Over the last few months we have been working very hard to make our Disabled Access Project become a reality.

At long last, we have managed to satisfy all the statutory bodies and hurdles we had to overcome. Because St John’s is a Listed Building there were many restrictions placed on us, but these have now been overcome and we are ready to start work!

In particular we have a lot of reasons for which to thank our Circuit Adviser, Sally Graham as well as our architect Ian Lucas from Byrom Clark Roberts in Manchester. The Building Contractor completing the work is to be Stone Edge from Rugeley in Staffordshire.

 The congregation has been involved in a very active programme of fund raising; jumble sales, coffee mornings, concerts and a Talents initiative all helped us to raise money for our project. We are particularly grateful to the many organisations who have donated money towards our project, especially the All Churches Trust, The Methodist Insurance company, Garfield Weston, our District and our Circuit. A sincere thank you to all of you!

The work is due to start on Monday 7th January 2019 – lasting about 12 weeks and involving the construction of slopes to avoid many of the dangerous steps (like the ones below) which we currently have to negotiate to get into the building. 

We are also going to construct a new door to connect the church to our back rooms, to by-pass the current route past the choir pews, which is almost impossible to negotiate with a wheelchair.

We at St John’s eagerly await our project to get under way. We will invite you to come and view the finished project once it is completed!