Stretton Church, Rutland - St NicholasFor more than 900 years people have met in our ancient building: to sing, pray, learn and encourage one another in our faith. The church is currently closed for refurbishment - see below.
Over the centuries many changes have been made to our Grade 2 listed building, which dates from the 11th century. Walls have been rebuilt, the roof replaced, a door blocked up. Most of the woodwork is nineteenth century. You can read more of the history of our church at http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/rutland/vol2/pp145-151.
We have exciting plans to follow in the steps of our forebears and re-order our building to meet Stretton's needs in the 21st century. At present we have inadequate heating, no toilet facilities, and inflexible seating. Providing refreshments is a challenge (which doesn't stop us!). It has taken several years to get the necessary permission to reorder the building. The dream is about to become reality... See below.
Churchwarden: Jonathan Pattison. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LatestSt Nicholas church has just been awarded a £100,000 grant from FCC Community Fund to enable it to be refurbished and upgraded to provide a combined church and community hub.
The St Nicholas project, under the chairmanship of Greg Harker, has been working hard for the past couple of years to raise enough money for this project. Bats and Covid-19 have sought to delay us, but we have battled on!
The plan for the church is to leave the Elizabethan pews in the transepts but remove the Victorian pews in the nave. This will create a large space which will still be used for worship, but additionally will be able to be used for many other events and functions. A new wooden floor, much need loo (with baby changing facilities) and servery will also be installed. The whole space will be wheelchair-friendly. The organ will be refurbished and relocated and the font will also be relocated to create an intimate area for christenings.
A modern and flexible heating system is also to be installed, and stackable seating will be provided. Services in the church will certainly become more comfortable!
Whilst St Nicholas will remain primarily a place of worship, the much improved and flexible layout will give the village of Stretton a place to hold concerts and show films, host clubs, children's parties and many other activities. The church will also become a centre for the heritage of the local area.
St Nicholas is reputed to be the oldest church in Rutland with history dating back to 11th century. The last major refurbishment was in 1881. Details of the project can be seen on www.stnicholasproject.co.uk. This website will be updated regularly during the refurbishment project.
In addition to the £100,000 grant from FCC Community Fund, a further £105,000 has also been raised, mostly from other grant giving bodies, including £35,000 from Mick George Ltd and The National Lottery. The project starts in mid-October with roof work, which is why there are currently no services in the church, but we are hoping to hold a couple of services around Christmas before the pews are removed prior to laying the new floor. (If you are interested in buying one of the pews you will find contact details on the website.)
We look forward to welcoming everybody back to St Nicholas in 2021. In the meantime, if you would like a last visit to the church in its current state please contact us.
Stretton Village Website: www.strettonvillage.co.uk