April 20, 2018
Discover DeCrypt has received a grant from the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust (GHCT) to help with the restoration of the historic St Mary de Crypt church and Tudor Old Crypt school.
The grant of £10,000 presented by Jonathan MacKechnie-Jarvis of GHCT will go towards the repairs of the dormer windows, a beautiful and characteristic feature of the much-loved local landmark.
St Mary de Crypt church and Tudor old Crypt school are being restored as part of the £2 million
Discover DeCrypt project. The work is being made possible by National Lottery players through a
£1.36m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to renovate the buildings and install facilities to make them accessible, affordable and welcoming spaces for the local community as well as
heritage and educational visitors.
Nicola Dyer of the Prince’s Foundation, acting as Discover DeCrypt Project Manager, welcomed
“St Mary de Crypt is a city-centre gem – of extraordinary historic importance, but also with huge
potential for the future. This generous grant from Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust is vital in restoring irreplaceable historic features such as the dormer windows which give this lovely place
so much of its charm and character. We’re so grateful for their support in helping the Discover
DeCrypt vision come to fruition!”
GHCT exists to help congregations to look after Christian places of worship of all denominations. It funds repairs, maintenance and improvement costs to churches,their surrounding churchyards and fixtures and furniture in them. GHCT is pleased to be able to contribute to the regeneration of St Mary de Crypt Church and Old Crypt Schoolroom in Gloucester.
Jonathan MacKechnie-Jarvis, Chairman of GHCT’s Grants Committee said: “GHCT is delighted to
be contributing to this ambitious project which will help revitalise a valuable community asset, and
we thank all our supporters who make this possible.”
The repairs to the dormer windows are part of a 12 month programme of essential repairs to the
fabric of the buildings as well as installation and updating of facilities. New heating and lighting will be installed throughout. Toilets, new stairs, a lift and automatic door will make the community spaces fully accessible. The interior of the church will be re-ordered, removing most of the pews to allow a more flexible use of the nave for services, concerts, drama, exhibitions and large community gatherings. Repairs will make both the schoolrooms available for flexible use once
again: upstairs will also be equipped as an art studio, with high quality light and adjoining kitchen; downstairs will have a storytelling area with coffee point and family-friendly facilities.
St Mary de Crypt will remain a Church of England place of worship, while all areas will be available as an affordable venue for community use: for meetings, training, classes and workshops.
During 2018 there will be monthly ‘hard hat’ tours to enable the public to see the work in progress
and find out more about the project. Discover DeCrypt will also be using volunteers in its outreach
programme, taking the community art project, Dry Bones Live to multiple venues around the city,
with a presentation of the facilities and volunteering opportunities that will be on offer.
Full details of tours and outreach, together with regular updates, photos and blog, will be found on the Discover DeCrypt website www.discoverdecrypt.org.uk For more information about volunteering
or taking part in the community art project contact Discover DeCrypt: firstname.lastname@example.org