Church sets out vision for the future
A WOKINGHAM town centre church is looking to the future after unveiling its vision for its buildings.
All Saints in Wiltshire Road is looking to enhance its building by removing pews and adding a new parish room.
The historic church recently showcased its ideas with a series of presentations. At them, Canon David Hodgson, the church’s rector, introduced the vision for the changes before welcoming a spokesperson from architects Acanthus Clews to explain how the project could be built.
Now it the church is asking residents to have their say on the plans.
The aim is to revitalise the historic building, so that it can be used by the community, for conferences, for music and for events.
Plans include a new floor and, by ditching the pews, new seats will allow for different seating configurations. A large welcome area will allow for cafe tables to be installed, along with refreshment facilities.
Toilets would also be installed.
The new room would be linked to the church at the north east corner, providing an additional separate but connected space.
Other enhancements would include new lighting, the latest audio visual equipment and wifi.
Canon Hodgson said: “A church that stands still goes backwards.
“We've had an evening where I've explained the vision we have to make big changes inside the church to enable it to become much more open, much more available and accessible for the whole community.
“We’ve got plans to create much more space within the building so that it can be more flexible, so that the building can be used to its full potential.
“We’re asking people to give their responses to the plans and share their thoughts. We’re still at that process of consultation.
“We have achieved a significant landmark in that we are presenting the plans which have been given a green light by diocesan authorities and the various planning bodies we needed to consult.”
The church has set up a website to outline its vision and offer ways for people to share their insights. It be found at www.cc2020.org.uk
For more on the plans, watch our video at wokingham.today
Members of All Saints Church’s 2020 project team presented their vision for the church at a special drop-in session held in the summer