St Laurence

 

Awarded a grant to help fund a project to pay for repairs to the church’s spectacular windows and also to its roof. The repairs will mean an end to the church having to get out buckets when it rains from the south. The pews beneath the leaking windows will no longer need protecting, and the floor will no longer suffer from flooding. There will also no longer be the worry that lumps of glass could fall onto the heads of members of the congregation.

Built in 1968, St Laurence's is a spectacular octagonal church with a pentagonal Lady Chapel and large community centre. In the Culverley Green Conservation Area, its domed roof with central oculus is supported on concrete portal frames. Beneath the dome, seven 12 metre spans of vibrant ‘dalles de verre’ - coloured glazing - create a glorious sense of light-filled space, reverent and yet intimate, that even on dull days lifts the spirits of congregation and visitors.

Its comfortable green leatherette pews embrace the sanctuary. The Profilit glazing, Granwood floor and interior layout, are all beautifully preserved. Representative of the best of 1960s religious architecture, it is a combination of immanent and transcendent, individual and collective.  As well as religious services, the church hosts many activities including concerts, rehearsals, film screenings and public meetings. The adjacent community centre is a thriving community hub.

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