St Mary’s Church is the fine medieval parish church in the heart of Luton, and the only Grade 1 listed building in the town. Often known as Luton’s medieval jewel, the church dates back almost 900 years.
Because of its age a two part appeal has been set up to raise funds for the church.
The Victorian heating in the church building failed in November 2017 and the congregation has been meeting in the church hall when the temperature is too low in the main building since then. The cost of phase one to install a heating system fit for the 21st Century is likely to be in the region of £400K (+/- 10%). We worked with the St Albans Diocesan Advisory Committee, our architect Mark Eddison, and the heating consultant to scope and design a solution ready for implementation. We are actively exploring all sources of funding, including: The Friends of Luton Parish Church, our own reserves and our congregation, in addition to a number of potential third party funders. We are well over halfway to achieving this target - which is a cause for great rejoicing - but we must not slacken our efforts at this point. We are looking to raise approximately £40,000 of the total from our own congregation. News on how we are doing towards our own target coming soon!
Update from Vicar Mike Jones, October 18:
“After advice by the company managing the project and our architect, we sent tenders designed by them for a heating project with building sub-contracts. After everyone has replied, what has become clear is that we should have a building contract with heating sub-contracts. We are going through the tendering process again which will take another month at least. So we have moved out of the main building because of the temperature and when we know more we will tell you.”
Once phase 1 has been completed, we will then move on to phase 2 of the project, which will encompass a review of the church and hall and offices and will require significant external funding. The nature of this work will be the subject of a major consulting exercise with all interested parties.
More details of this exciting phase will follow in due course, but for now, have a read of page two of the Friends of Luton Parish Church 2018 newsletter with an excellent article on the vision for the church by the Vicar and the Curate.
The St Mary’s Appeal committee consists of the following – please feel free to contact any of us by email for more information :
Curate – Revd Andy Gardner
Appeal committee administrator and Church Warden – Anthony Moss
Church warden – Carol Stevens
Appeal committee deputy Chair – Mark Stevens
Chair of St Mary’s Church finance committee – Anne Adams
Appeal committee Chair – Andrew Beale
Church treasurer – Andrew Rodell
St Mary’s Church administrator and manager – Rebecca Orrin
St Mary’s Church Buildings committee representative – Richard Hearing
St Mary’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation and Luton civic representative – Peter Adams
Appeal Committee website and communications – Josh Hodson