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St. Andrew’s Makeover Appeal

 

Your village church is getting a Makeover!

 

St. Andrew’s Church has been at the centre of Girton since the 1100’s.  The building would not have looked like it does today as it has been added to during subsequent centuries, right up until the Victorian addition of the vestry.  Major interior refurbishments were done in 1853 and again in 1920, thanks to Fanny Coombe. We now want to ensure that it meets the needs of the 21st century by updating the facilities of the church for not only church members, but for the wider village community and beyond. We want to retain and enhance the history of the church, while making it into a more comfortable, welcoming place. Everything we plan to do has already met with the approval of the diocesan registrar, Historic England, the Victorian Society, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and the Churches Historic Trust; and we are not getting rid of all the pews!

 

Plans include a new and sustainable heating system, a new floor to replace the current uneven hodgepodge, new audio-visual facilities for films and presentations, and space for events of many different kinds. Better access and facilities for the disabled is a priority.

 

At weddings, funerals and baptisms there are sometimes adverse comments about crowding around the chancel step, and this refurbishment project will open up all the space. We have plans for the church to become a lively and vibrant part of the community. Whether you are organising or coming to a concert, an exhibition or a talk, or you just want some quiet time, St. Andrew’s will soon have much to offer individuals and village organisations.

 

So that is why we have set up the ‘St. Andrew’s Makeover Appeal’.  The congregation has already raised a lot, but now we need to raise a further £300,000 to achieve these aims, and this is why we are asking for help. Please give what you can - every donation counts; all donations will be used solely for this reinvigoration of our building, not for other church functions. Thank you so much.

 

 

How can I donate to the St. Andrew’s Makeover Appeal?

 

1.      Make a cheque payable to ‘Girton PCC’ and post to Mr. M. Johnson, 2A St. Margaret’s Rd., Girton, CB3 0LT

 

2.      Arrange a bank transfer to the following account:

 

Name of account :      Girton PCC

Sort code:                     40-52-40

Account number:        00015986

 

There is a display in the church behind the South Door which offers more information on our proposals. If you would like to talk about the project, please get in touch:

 

M. Maxwell            girtonstandrews@gmail.com

 

David Adamson   dma23@cam.ac.uk

 

Penny de Lacey    penny@de-lacey.org


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