Update from St Nicolas Church Restoration Group

Tuesday, 29th May, was an historic moment for St Nicolas Church as we finally received planning permission from Huntingdon District Council for the sympathetic changes which need to be made to the church in order to enhance its facilities, thus enabling it to become a more viable community asset that can be used to benefit the whole community, not just regular worshipers.

None of this could have happened without the wonderful support of you all. Our District Councillor said that whilst the Council were used to receiving over 100 letters of objection, he could not think of a single instance where they had received over 100 letters of support, which made our case very unusual! You have all been absolutely amazing, whether writing letters, giving up your evening on Tuesday to come and show your support by sitting in the Public Gallery at the council meeting until late into the night, or attending or organising fund-raising activities to help fund the Restoration work.

I would particularly like to thank Paul and Wendy Baker who very generously provided us with transport on Tuesday evening, in the form of a beautiful old vintage bus, to take everyone to the meeting in Huntingdon. This was its final act of public service as it is being retired to a museum in Sussex next week.

We now look forward to the next phase of the project, as we continue towards delivering the necessary changes to St Nicolas Church for the benefit of the residents of Hail Weston, everyone in our benefice, our visitors and future generations.

– St Nicolas Church Restoration Group

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Reporting Footpath Issues

With the winter weather we have noticed that some of the footpaths in the Parish have started to become rather difficult to pass. The people to report this to are CAMBRIDGESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL, using their “Report a Problem” Service.

What to do:

It’s simple, easy, free and is the quickest way to report an issue to the right people.

 

St Nicolas Church Restoration Group

Following our second meeting on 29th February, we have now produced a Statement of Significance, which is a document that lays out why the Church of St Nicolas is so important, both historically and to the local community.  This is accompanied by a Statement of Need which explains why we feel that some re-ordering of the church is needed now.  Both documents will be submitted shortly to the Diocese Advisory Council in Ely, along with some provisional sketches, and hopefully once these are accepted, the first of our four projects will be under way officially.

 

In the meantime, there is plenty to do, including making provision during re-ordering for the welfare of the bats who live in and around the churchyard, seeking funding, organising a bank account, visiting other churches and learning from their experiences, and researching new ideas so that any changes will be sympathetic to the needs and character of our church in the centuries to come.

 

Getting everything pulled together will take time, but it is exciting to be taking these first steps and feel that our project is finally getting under way.

 

Anne-Marie Hamilton

Chairman

3rd March 2016