St Nicholas, East Challow
St Nicholas: Ramped access for disabled
St Nicholas interior: view of new installations at West end of nave
St Nicholas Church: Vestry and kitchen facilities
Church Reordering OHCT Grant: £6,000
A service of re-dedication will take place on 9 September 2018 to celebrate the completion of this major construction which has provided a sensitive modernisation of the church facilities. OHCT was delighted to provide a grant to facilitate the fund-raising appeal, which achieved its target, thanks to the energetic work of the congregation.
The work has involved the rearranging of the church entrance area to provide a more direct access, inclusion of a DDA WC, vestry, lobby area, store and kitchen facilities behind new oak screens at the west end of the nave. It has also included the associated installation of drainage to the main sewer across the churchyard, a ramped path to the main entrance to improve disabled access and renovation of the main door. The building is now more welcoming and accessible to the wider community it serves.
St Nicholas Church (Listed Grade II*) has its origins in the 13th century although it has been reconstructed and altered over the centuries. In 1858 the building underwent a very drastic restoration, the west end and aisle being rebuilt and lengthened and a new roof erected to the nave. Its external appearance was further changed in 1884 by the erection of the tower, a low embattled structure. Click here for a full account of the church’s architectural history.