Bourton on the Water
with St James', Clapton on the Hill
part of the Benefice of Bourton on the Water with Clapton & the Rissingtons
Work started at the end of January 2017 to transform our historic Church building.
Knowing we had stewardship of a building loved and used by many over the years was a responsibility we felt keenly: working out exactly what we needed and why took 18 months to work through, before we began asking the Diocese for permission, finally going out to tender in Summer 2016.
JND from Cirencester have been a pleasure to work with, and many other local contractors have played their part. For example, we were able to purchase the new chairs for the North Aisle from Race Furniture on the Industrial Estate. Hacklings moved a large quantity of very heavy items for us on a number of occasions.
Many of the congregation have dusted, tidied and sorted as we've gone along!
The resulting worship space, meeting room and kitchen, balcony, refurbished pews (yes, they are the same ones!) combine to give us a stunning piece of craftmanship fully in harmony with the beautiful building of before. We still can't quite believe we have done it and that this is our Parish Church equipped for the 21st century.
There are still jobs to do as we finish unpacking and moving back in, but we are already appreciating all that has been done in preparation for this project in years past as we seek to serve Christ in Bourton today and in the years to come.