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Saving All Saints - Agreed LOGO smallUnder the auspices of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) a major project is now planned to undertake urgent and essential structural repairs to All Saints Church and to make creative use of the space for the benefit of the whole community. The project will hopefully be funded by a substantial lottery grant. together with funds raised by the Friends of All Saints Stradbroke (FOASS)

Major repairs to the South Aisle, South Porch and South Chapel roofs are urgently needed as are repairs to parapets, walls, plaster and floors damaged by incoming water. Ocne these have been completed the project aims to develop the interior by creating a space where people can meet, learn and share their skills. This will involve removing some of the pews, laying new floors and installing services and equipment to provide areas for exhibitions, live performances and workshops. The project also aims to include a permanent and interactive exhibition of previous rectors, notably Reverend Ryle, the 1st Bishop of Liverpool and his work in Stradbroke.

Once the main building repairs have been completed the plan is to make better use of the building space to the west side by laying a new floor to create a "community space". Pews removed from the east end of the nave will enable a stage to be constructed suitable for events and live performances. In addition a new boiler together with a kitchen and toilet will be installed.

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 The team aims to work in partnership with the community, particularly the primary and secondary schools helping with the research and development of a physical and digital exhibition to celebrate the past notable rectors of Stradbroke. The schools are also keen to participate in collating part of the social history collection of oral and visual records which will form part of a permanent exhibition

As the project progresses and the new facilities are put to good use, the team would like to create teams of local expertise to put to good use recycled materials taken from the restoration e.g. the removed pews. They hope to have workshops through which skills are shared among interested local people.

Finally local artists, actors and other performers will be encouraged to use the heritage of the church as a springboard for new works which can be exhibited or performed within the church. This will hopefully culminate in an annual Arts Festival to take place in the spring. Eventually there will be a permanent heritage exhibition within the newly created space in the church for all to see and experience.

If anyone would like to know more about the project then contact Gillian Rennie-Dunkerley (project leader) or any member of the PCC or FOASS