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St James' tower repair project

St James’ has suffered a partial collapse of the building's structure at the tower, particularly the south-west buttress caused by water penetration to the hearthing of the wall.  Urgent repairs are needed in order to protect this Grade 2 starred building for future generations. 

We are delighted that a bid to the Heritage Lottery Funding has been successful in order to carry out these urgently needed tower repairs. 

The Heritage Lottery Grants for Places of Worship bid was submitted following a meeting at the church attended by the Archdeacon, Parochial Church Council members, members of the First World War Group and local residents. Support has been provided by the Regimental Museum in Worcester and they will be partners in developing timeline based heritage projects to inform the local community of the army connection that the church held both in the past and still holds for descendants of the regiment today, particularly those from across the world.

In addition to the repair works, we will be updating the heating and lighting of the church and initiating heritage projects based around the history of the church and local community.  A major part of these projects will be a focus on St James’s status as Garrison Church and connection with the Worcester Regiment and Norton Barracks.

Significant work was last carried out on the church in 1875 by the Victorians; one of these was Ewan Christian, the architect for the National Gallery in London's Trafalgar Square. The church is home to the Regimental Colours of the Worcestershire Regiment now and other significant items of note are the Nicholson Organ, a Kemp stained glass window, a Norman loop window in the ancient north wall and an unusual dovecote in the 14th century tower.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to fund the restoration work necessary to safeguard the church and visitors. It has also agreed to support local community and such heritage projects as:

 

Heritage Booklet - Church

Heritage Booklet -Regiment

Timeline Development Projects Church/Regiment Health and Safety Project "Caring for God's Acre"

Lime Mortar Training

Website Development

Regimental Colours restoration

Heritage Display Boards

 

With the soon to open mainline rail station a short distance away plus the arrival of significant new housing in Wychavon the Heritage Lottery Fund shared the belief of this community that greater community involvement in church and regimental heritage projects is a valuable education tool  which will help foster a stronger sense of community.  Our aim is that St James’ will become a valuable resource for the local community and a place for visitors to explore the history and heritage of the both Church and local community.

 

 

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Rev. Mark Badger

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01905 820057

07828 233049

  

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