As the bells have been completed we are now laising with the DAC and The National Lottery Heritage Fund in order that we can progress the works to the remainder of the church
The interior needs extensive modernisation to become sustainable, energy efficient, comfortable, flexible and welcoming. At present, the structure is threatened by rising damp, slippery flagstones, rotting woodblock floors and it is always cold as the heating is inefficient. There are no modern facilities.
Essentials: kitchen, two accessible WCs, zoned under floor heating from ground source, PV panels to mitigate extra cost of heat exchanger, a meeting room, storage spaces, renewed and updated electric wiring, LED lighting, sound system.
A first-floor gallery – this will house fully electronic History displays to interpret the discoveries we make. (exploring Info-Point https://www.info-point.eu/) In consultation with confirmed project partners (Dorstone History Society, Manchester University Archaeology department and Herefordshire Archaeology) we have a key theme to underpin our activity programme: ‘The Dorstone Settlement Timeline.’ Three sections:
1 Dorstone BC
2 The medieval period including our Norman castle
3 Research into all Dorstone Dwellings
Our church building and its artefacts will be safeguarded; the history of Dorstone as an ancient settlement identified and explained. The organ chamber, vestry and the chancel would remain largely unchanged. The vision for extending mission and worship would be given huge momentum once these facilities have been improved. The process of fund raising itself encourages more involvement from villagers.
Architect’s impression of proposed re-ordering