St Peter Mancroft church to celebrate reopening following completion of £200,000 works
PUBLISHED: 13:25 19 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:25 19 May 2018
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A £200,000 project which has seen a city centre church closed to worship for five months is now complete.
The medieval St Peter Mancroft church in Norwich has undergone a transformation in order to create a flexible space for worship, music, dance and drama.
And to celebrate the completion of the work, the church will be hosting a series of events next weekend for the public to attend.
Revd canon Ian Bentley, the church’s interim vicar, said: “I’d like to thank the people of Norwich for all their patience whilst the work has been carried out, our congregations for their open mindedness about worshipping in different spaces and St Stephen’s Church in Norwich for generously letting us use their church for evensong.
“As well as allowing us to be more creative and inclusive with our worship, we can now provide a stunning flexible space for music, drama and community events, contributing even more to Norwich’s rich cultural life.”
The work has opened-up the centre of the nave to allow wheelchair users to be amongst the congregation, rather than on the edge.
A new disabled access from the east end of the church to the chancel also makes the Jesus and Anne chapels fully accessible.
Meanwhile, the children’s area has been moved to the front of the pews on the north side, creating space for a new coffee area near the north door.
An improved sound system has also been installed to help the church attract more events.
The church said stanhope black limestone was used to match the existing ledger stones and create “visually stunning” improvements.
During the building work, which the church said had been completed to time and within budget, the original 12th century foundations were discovered.
Medieval acoustic trenches below the choir stalls - which had not been seen since the 1850s - were also uncovered.
To celebrate the work, the church will be opening its doors to artists and photographers from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, May 26.
At 7.30pm, the University of London Chamber Choir will be performing a programme of sacred and secular music. Tickets will be available on the door.
On Sunday, May 27, there will be a thanksgiving service with the Bishop of Norwich from 10am. It will be followed by a flower festival.
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