RESTORATION work at St Mary's is a
continuing event. There is always something
else that needs doing. Which is why an appeal for £1million has
The inner porch (see item above) from the south entrance
could be utilised
for a "small catering facility" (below). Some pews will be removed to
create an open area and - when extra seating is needed for larger
services - chairs will be used.
Also in the north west
corner of the church there are plans for a doorway to be
constructed through the sandstone wall to give access to a toilet on
the outside of the church (right).
Outside, the sandstone of
the North wall has been eroded by the weather and will need some
attention. This will continue the work on the external stonework of
Other items of work that
will take the bill to one million pounds, are:
repair and improve the organ in the South Transept [previously
worked on in 1994];
renew the lighting [carried out in 2014]; and
preserve the unique misericords and canopies of the chancel
choirstalls. [Repaired in 2015].
The repairs to the west end
of the church and the new south entrance were part of the
restoration up to September 2009.
For this donors have contributed £1.5million.
The latest appeal was launched by the Bishop of Chester
(the Rt Rev Peter Forster) at one of the series of lunchtime concerts on July 9. He was introduced by
the then Rector of Nantwich (the Rev Peter Chantry).
2015 UPDATE: The main plans outlined
here did not take place. The external toilets were refused
permission because of graves in the area. A later idea to use the
Church Shop as toilets was thwarted because the entrance is too
narrow for wheelchair access and adjacent stone seats cannot be
On - Churches for the latest works.