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Heighington St Michael

Project Summary

St Michaels is a stone church consisting of tower, nave with north and south aisles, chancel, sanctuary and vestry. The church appears to be of Norman origin with 12th – 15th century alterations and additions. It was restored in 1840 and extended in 1875. The three stage tower houses a peal of six bells – a key asset of the church. The church sits in a prominent position in the centre of Heighington close to the village hall, shop and bus stops. It is therefore in a very good location to be highly accessible for its community.

St Michaels was a willing and enthusiastic participant in Inspired Futures at the start. It was not selected as a Group 1 church in the process not because there wasn’t clear needs and opportunities but because the project consultants considered that the Church’s project team developed through stage 1 was strong enough and capable enough to achieve the project outcomes without the full engagement of the consultants at Stage 2.

Having made that decision it is probably fair to say that the impetus of the project evident in stage 1 was lost and the church had only minimal participation in stage 2. Nevertheless the church has achieved its principal objective of providing a toilet, servery and side aisle meeting space within the church and the next stage is to develop the worshipping and community use of the church now that facilities are in place. Through the project St Michael’s has secured:

  • A Way Forward report
  • A Heritage Assessment
  • A Statement of Significance
  • An access audit
  • An architect’s brief
  • Advice on funding

Project documents

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