Holy Trinity Church in Westbury-on-Trym has identified the need for a major project focused on the east and west ends of the church.
There has been significant deterioration to the stonework on the outside of the church at the east end in recent years. Stonework has cracked or fallen away in places and there has been deterioration of the leadwork around the windows. Problems were first identified in 2009 and they are getting worse. As water gets behind the stonework, it weakens the stone, particularly during the winter as the water freezes. There is now an urgent need to make repairs before the stonework deteriorates further.
Access arrangements into the church at the west end are not adequate for the needs of our visitors and congregation. People need to climb several steps from the west door or use temporary ramps from the south door. We need to create a more welcoming entrance to the many groups of people entering the church and we need to improve circulation space to cater for a growing congregation.
This project addresses the issues at both the east and west ends. It is designed to preserve our unique heritage and plan ahead for a more inclusive church that better meets the needs of our congregation and visitors. This is a key part of our mission strategy and forms one of the key elements in our planning for growth.
We have identified a total budget of £180,000 for works including repairs to repair the stonework and the windows at the east end and installation of a stairlift at the west end.
Our biggest challenge is in raising the £180,000 needed to make this project happen to secure the future of our church building. We are investigating a number of opportunities for grants but we also need your help. Please consider donating to our appeal via our charity giving site at www.charitygiving.co.uk/eastwest or click on the button below.