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Re-imagining our buildings

The fourth lever of change in the Diocese of Ely's "Ely 2025" plan is "Re-imagining our buildings". We are exploring this to ensure that our historic buildings can continue to be used for Christian worship, prayer and outreach in our town and villages, fit for purpose and for serving our communities for hundreds of years to come.

As we explore what "re-imagining our buildings" means for us in Whittlesey, Pondersbridge and Coates, news, documents, consultations and relevant links will appear on this page.

The Parochial Church Council of St Andrew's, Whittlesey have applied for a Faculty to remove a small number of their pews to make the "Children's Corner" a permanent fixture in the church and to create a small Café space in the south-west corner of the church. You can read more about this application in the Statement of Need below:

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St Andrew's Statement of Significance

St Andrew's Statement of Need (Proposal)

This Faculty was grated in January 2024 and the work completed in February.

The Parochial Church Council of St Mary's, Whittlesey has started to consider how our building might be re-imagined to better serve our church and local community now and in the future. 

In July 2023 we asked our church community to give us their views on these plans. You can see a copy of this survey and accompanying information below, along with the results of this survey:

St Mary Survey Information

St Mary Church Community Survey

St Mary Church Community Survey Results

 

As this vision develops we will be seeking the views and support of our wider community in Whittlesey and the surrounding area. St Mary's Church, Whittlesey (the community) is approximately 900 years old and our current church building dates from the thirteenth century. We recognise how beautiful and valued this building is as part of Whittlesey's heritage. As we look to the future, we would love to see St Mary's continue to flourish as the Church which it was built to be and to see it continue to serve its local community as it has done in the past. We hope to re-imagine St Mary's for the present and future so that we might be in a better place to pass on the Christian faith we proclaim, along with this piece of local heritage, to the Whittlesey generations to come.

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