St Nicholas Church is situated at the bottom of Westgate Street, opposite Gloucester Life Museum. This 12th century church boasts an unusual Royal Arms above the south doorway showing three monarchs, as well as monuments and memorial slabs commemorating some of Gloucester’s most significant citizens. Its distinctive tower is still a major landmark in the city.
The church is well lit but unheated, and so would be an ideal venue for any visual or performance arts, gatherings, community use, location or studio use, even commercial use.
The first step is to learn as much as we can about local people’s interest in the potential of the space - we need guidance from the community and businesses to help build options, plans and our approach to making the best of these a reality.
We’d like skilled teams from local businesses of any scale to help us identify opportunities for St Nicholas’ and to inspire support in the local community. This might take the form of practical surveys, ideas and solutions for key facilities within the building. It might take the form of practical help with marketing and communications to help the local community engage with and use the building. It could be help with grant applications, or securing sponsorship and funding to make things happen. It could just be a group with fresh eyes coming to help us think creatively about the building and how it could be used. As the Churches Conservation Trust is a national charity your efforts could end up helping other local churches in the area, region or even country.
The Churches Conservation Trust is a building conservation charity, and so individuals’ faith or belief isn’t a barrier to involvement – rather it’s your skillset, support and fresh outlook we need most as a small, national organisation.
Our work together could be short term or indefinite: perhaps different members of your team could help develop plans at different times. A great place to start though would be a chance to meet together on site for a tour of the building and an introduction to the challenges we face in conserving these special places for everyone to enjoy now and in the future.
If you would like to explore this challenge further without committing to it please do not hesitate to get in contact with Patrick Joel from the Churches Conservation Trust on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07900 214199
Why get involved?
St Nicholas’ is a beautiful, historic, important but under-used space in the heart of our city. We would like to see it fulfil its potential and begin benefitting its community. It would be a fantastic project to use some of your professional and other skills on and could even be used as a team building exercise if desired.
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge
- Patrick Joel at the Churches Conservation Trust will be in touch very soon to make initial arrangements for a meeting.
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