St Mildreds The Future
St Mildred's in Tenterden, one of the most beautiful churches in Kent, is set for a major £2 million improvement scheme; Church and Cultural, Arts & Entertainment Centre. It is being designed to make the 12th century church as relevant as possible for the 21st century and to make a wonderful community space fit for years to come.
The new scheme includes
- Removing the pews, and replacing them with easily-moveable modern seating, opening up the entire nave for concerts, social and business functions.
- Retaining and enhancing the historic fabric of the church
- The creation of a new Memorial Chapel, at a time when the nation is remembering the fallen of the First World War
- A new glass-fronted gallery, available for exhibitions and displays
- Moving the organ
- Creating two large new rooms in the former organ chapel
- Adding a new kitchen
- Building a rear extension to provide modern toilet facilities for all
- Full disabled access to all of the main facilities is also be provided
Rev Canon Lindsay Hammond says: "The church building is too important to the community to just use it just for worship. There is enormous support in the town for it to realise its potential as a cultural, arts and music venue too. The church needs to serve all its community and be vibrant and open to everyone. We aim for it to be at the centre of the community with the community at its heart.”
The scheme will cost £2.2m. The Parochial Church Council, which is responsible for raising the funds, is bidding for a grant from the Tenterden Town Council as well as making
applications to the Arts Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Ashford Borough Council plus
other local and national organisations. This will be supported by a fund raising campaign
aimed at the church congregation and the town’s residents and businesses.
Martin Vink is leading the St Mildred's planning team and he is very happy to visit any local organisation to explain the plans. You can contact Martin via the "contact" button above.
See below for some photos and a short video of how the improved church might look