Supporting a parish anchored in eternity
In 2023, we will celebrate the 900th anniversary of the founding of the ancient Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great. This is a moment to celebrate our role as stewards of such an extraordinary legacy.
It is a great joy to turn 900. It is also a mandate. One hundred years from now, when our community comes together to mark our Millennium, we hope that they will be building on strong foundations, secured by us in our generation as we, in turn, build on the work of generations before.
Our vision, based on a collective ambition to open the church up to a new generation of visitors will see a new monastic garden created around the north end of the church and an educational centre developed within. The church’s fabric urgently needs restoring and protecting, while improving its facilities and investing in its music.
We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build on our history and reputation as a centre for worship, healing and culture. The plan encompasses sensitive preservation of our heritage, alongside the creation of physical spaces and new initiatives that support our mission and ministry. It also invites us to transform a currently under-utilised site into a bearing heart of fellowship, friendship, education and support, for all those who come through our doors.
Our vision for 2023
Bringing this vision into being will require £10 million, pledged over the next five years. This target is based on architects’ and surveyors’ reports, alongside a qualitative process of research and consultation. You can find out more about our plans by clicking on the button below.
There is so much potential here and the 900th anniversary gives us a wonderful opportunity to realise an inspiring £9 million vision, raised over the next five years. I hope you will want to be part of it.
With every blessing,
The Reverend Marcus Walker, Rector