We are delighted that the final part of the alterations to St John’s Church are finally about to happen.
We are to have a stone ramp leading to the West Door of the church, and a wider step at the front of the church to enable people to turn their wheelchairs properly. None of this will alter the Georgian front of the church which people know and love.
The Oratory floor will be made level with the church floor, so that there is no step between the two.
There will be a new door on the west wall of the Oratory, so that we will now have two ways to leave the building.
Heating and lighting in the Oratory:
As the panelling in the Oratory will be removed temporarily, the builders will take the opportunity to put some insulation between the panels and the walls.
The Oratory will have electricity, heating and lighting, so that it becomes a useable space for one to one conversations and for Quiet Day leaders. It will also have resources for those making a pilgrimage to Little Gidding.
There will be no heating or lighting in St John’s Church. There will be some sockets so that the organ and other small electrical items can be plugged in (all must be PAT tested). There is no intention to plug in heaters, as these may overload the system with little effect on the warmth of the worshippers.
The building works will start on January 8th and are expected to last until March 28th.
The service on Saturday 2nd December to celebrate Nicholas Ferrar will be the last service in the church before the alterations. (the work had originally been planned to start in November, and therefore we moved or cancelled the December services).
The church will be closed to visitors from early January until the completion of the work and the clearing of the site.
For Service information please visit the Little Gidding Church website