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 church congregation have been meeting in the church hall since then. The church has remained closed until very recently (June 2018). The cost of phase one to install a heating system fit for the 21st Century is likely to be in the region of £250K (+/- 10%). We are working with the St Albans Diocesan Advisory Committee, our architect Mark Eddison, and the heating consultant to scope and design a solution ready for implementation over the summer 2018 period. The overall ambition is to be back in the church by the end of November 2018. 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.
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