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Jul 2, 2015 5:17 PM ET

Archived: St John’s Place – an exciting community hub: turning a disused church into a place for the whole community – from schoolchildren to blushing brides to sociable septuagenarians!

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 2, 2015

St John’s Place – an exciting community hub

St John's Place - an exciting community hub


About the project

Can you help create a new heart for our community?

Local people are in a desperate race against time to save St John’s Church in Bemerton, Salisbury, Wilts.

Built to honour local poet, George Herbert, this much-loved landmark started to feel the cold a few years ago.  As the congregation shrank – and the Victorian heating system – expired, this beautiful church faced closure or worse (being turned into a Carpet Warehouse!)

Undaunted, the local Rev Simon Woodley launched a campaign to turn a chilly chapel into a warm and vibrant community hub.  Combining a reduced church role with a large, community venue, St John’s Place will serve everyone from the local primary school – bursting at the seams and in urgent need of more space – to romantic couples wanting to marry in church – and celebrate in the newly-renovated space.  Pews will be moved to make way for community groups that could range from after-school kids’ clubs to yoga classes for the over 60s. 

The space we’re hoping to create will feel weloming – and look stunning!

So far, the valiant villagers of Bemerton have raised a phenomenal £300k to fund the required renovations – but more is urgently needed if we are to hit our deadline: If we can’t raise the required funds within the next few weeks, the plug gets pulled… 

Our beautiful church is on life-support: can you come to our rescue?  Just the smallest donation could help secure a beating heart for our community. 

Thanks so much in advance!

If you’d like to follow progress to-date, please see our blog –



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