A new look for St Mary's Church, Kingswood after series of spectacular renovations
A KINGSWOOD congregation is celebrating a new era for its freshly-renovated church.
The final stage of restoration work has been completed at St Mary’s Church.
Development has been taking place since 2000, during which time the church’s Friends organisation has raised funds of around £10,000 a year to pour into the restoration.
The final touches have been put to the popular village church, with a new paint job on the entire interior of the building.
The new colourful walls and carpets have been designed to match the Georgian origins of the church, which was built in 1723.
It is one of very few churches built in England during the reign of George I. It was built to replace the Lady Chapel of Kingswood Abbey which had fallen into disrepair.
"The redecorating has involved the church being painted throughout and re-carpeted," explained Rev David Russell. "The colour scheme seeks to evoke the colour scheme of the Georgian period in which the church was built.
"It is much brighter than the colour scheme that preceded it."
The restoration work began with repairs to leaking roofs and installation of a new heating system in the church.
Friends of St Mary’s also helped finance the refurbishment of the north transept, creating a parish room – St Mary’s Room – which can be hired out and is a popular resource for the community.
Rev Russell said he was very pleased with the results now the scaffolding has been taken down.
"Everyone is absolutely thrilled and delighted," he said.
Celebratory events are being held in St Mary’s to show off the completed renovation.
The church will be open for a preview session on Saturday, September 28 from 2pm to 5pm. Decorated with flowers, the new look church will be at its finest.
Treasures will also be on display, including the first sermon given in the church when it was consecrated in 1732.
This is followed with a musical concert at 7.30pm on Saturday evening, as part of the Music at St Mary’s season. The concert is already almost sold out and remaining tickets can be bought from 7 Wotton Road, Kingswood, GL12 8RA.
A service of thanksgiving will be held on Sunday, September 29 at 3pm and a school’s service is being held on Monday, September 30 at 3pm.
Friends of St. Mary’s continue to raise funds for further work; if you think you can be of assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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