Church Re-ordering Project

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 whilst retaining the  charm of this beautiful old building. The plan is to retain the traditional character of the church while making it suitable for community use.  A joint committee from the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and from the Friends of St Nicholas has been appointed and are starting to apply for grants in addition to the usual fund raising activities. Whether you are regular church goers or not you should benefit, as the agreement with the church authorities is that it will be open to all denominations and available for private functions.

Stretton is a small village, in a conservation area with a beautiful church, parts of which date back nearly 1000 years.  It is the oldest church in Rutland.  The church is set  to the south of the village and overlooks a rural landscape of paddocks and farmland.  There is a popular country inn in the village, but no other public facilities.  There are villages due east and west with Greetham, about 3 km away.  However, there are no footpaths and no bus services in either direction.     The aim of the project is to provide a central community facility that will be more functional, more flexible and usable to the disabled, the young and the elderly and to those who travel any distance to attend an event.  By opening up the church nave and providing flexible seating we shall be able to  attract other events such as parent/child activities, parties, talks, concerts, societies, fund raising events, films, etc. This will lead to a more inclusive community.  

 

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Church Re-ordering Project

The project is likely to take up to two years so will necessarily be done in stages. We aim to:-

  • Remove the non-listed pews (the pews in the North and South transepts are very old and listed and will not be touched)
  • Replace the floor in the nave with re-claimed oak (it is probably rubble under the pews in the nave)
  • Install a loo – there are currently no facilities
  • Install a heating system
  • Install a servery

The pews will be replaced by chairs and tables will be available for meetings/serving food etc.