Extension project at St Mary's Church near completion
Published: Thursday, October 1, 2015
A project to provide community facilities at St Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church in South Lanarkshire, Scotland is nearing completion.
In December 2014, the National Churches Trust awarded the church a £15,000 Community Grant to develop and expand their current facilities in order to meet the needs of existing users, partners and local community. The project involved creating a café and kitchen area and building new toilets with full disabled access on the ground and first floor.
Although it was anticipated that the project would be completed by August 2015, the community groups will be able to begin using the facilities from the start of November 2015. The church has also been blogging the progress and any developments in the project to keep the local community updated.
Giving back to the community
St Mary's has a history of outreach and of responding to local needs over the past 166 years. Now more than ever, the church’s facilities are in demand as they are currently used by three Alcoholics Anonymous groups, several youth groups and charitable organisations working with vulnerable families and newly released prisoners. The church has also recently accommodated a Girl Guiding group whose previous facilities have been closed down.
A military church
The church was built by tractarian architect John Henderson in 1845 and is early English in style. The presence of an Episcopalian church in Hamilton was in part explained by the nearby Cameronian barracks with its quota of English officers. There are many military memorials and historic regimental colours displayed in the church. Other features of interest include stained glass windows commemorating several members of the Henderson family and various wars.
George Smart, Chair of the church’s development group said:
‘We are grateful for the grant support that the National Churches Trust has offered.’
‘Once completed, the project will provide modern facilities for the charities and groups already operating from the church campus in support of the local community and will provide scope for expansion of those, and similar activities.’
Support churches like St Mary’s
The National Churches Trust relies on the generosity of our supporters to fund our work and help rescue churches like St Mary’s.
Since January 2015, we have helped UK churches and chapels by providing funding to community and repair projects through Partnership and WREN grants and recommendations to the Cecil King Memorial Fund, totalling £1,553,441.
You can help us to continue saving churches by becoming a Friend, making a donation or leaving a legacy in your will. For more information, visit http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/support-our-work.
For the latest updates on the project at St Mary’s, visit https://stmarysforall.wordpress.com/