This is a three year project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to help maintain Thistleton Church for public benefit. The title of the project reflects the aim of generating interest in the history and heritage of the church and surrounding area to give new life to the building and protect it for future generations.
In the first stage of the project, the church building underwent repairs and some internal development. The Collyweston roof of the nave and vestry was reslated to protect the entire fabric of the church. Internally, the wooden pew platforms had rotted due to historic water ingress. These were removed and the exposed floor areas were laid to stone with the benefit that this levelled the floor throughout the nave. Energy efficient electric central heating was installed to protect the building from damp and make it a more comfortable environment.
Before and during the repair stage, the local community was encouraged to learn about the building, the fabric and contents, and the techniques involved in repair and renovation. Using traditional methods, volunteers deep cleaned the original Victorian paved floor, woodwork and decorative metalwork.
Other volunteers are finding out more about the history and heritage of the church, Thistleton and the surrounding area.
The project has identified seven heritage themes:
The results off our research are shared with the public through an ongoing programme of displays and exhibitions.
Interest in heritage will be encouraged through a programme of talks and educational activities.
We welcome enquiries for group visits.
It's a challenge to maintain a historic building and energise an army of volunteers to fundraise and carry out tasks . We don't pretend to be experts but we are happy to share our experiences with other groups.