Almeley Wootton Friends Meeting House extension shortlisted for Best Public Building
Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Congratulations to Almeley Wootton Friends Meeting House for getting on the shortlist for the west of England LABC Building Excellence Awards in the Best Public Building category for their new extension.
The final winners will be announced on 20 June 2014 at a ceremony held at The Bristol City Centre Marriott Hotel.
In 2012, the National Churches Trust awarded a £40,000 Community Grant, funded by the 2012-2013 DCMS Capital Grants Scheme, to help the project to enlarge Almeley Wootton Friends Meeting House by adding an extension. Architects responsible for the work were Nicolette and Martin Baines.
The Meeting House has been continually used by the Society of Friends since it was adopted by them in 1672. Almeley Wootton Meeting House has historic links to William Penn and Pennsylvania with several of its members being the first settlers of the new colony and signatories on the first constitution. The Meeting House is a Grade II* listed 17th century building in the typical local black and white style.
John Tittley of the Almeley Wootton Friends Meeting House said:
“In late Autumn 2012 we had been fundraising for ten years and were quietly confident that within another year or so we would have raised sufficient to begin building the new extension to our historic Quaker Meeting House. At this point, having applied for a grant of £30,000, we were astounded and delighted to be offered £40,000 by the National Churches Trust.”
“Undoubtedly, without the grant, and the generous help and advice we received, we would not be in the happy situation of having been able to open our new extension in July 2013. This offers a quiet, intimate, safe spiritual space for use by the community, secular and non-secular, while enabling local Quaker outreach to continue forward into the 21st century. We believe that with the Trust’s support, we will have delivered our project’s motto: ‘A window on the past with a view to the future."
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