Have your say on ambitious plan for Manthorpe church

St John's Church, Manthorpe.

St John's Church, Manthorpe.

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Plans for an extension to St John’s Church in Manthorpe, costing the better part of £1 million, will be on display this month.

A consultation event is being held in the church from 10am to noon on Saturday, March 25.

The proposal is to build the extension to the west end of the church over the churchyard.

The new building will be a “community resource and facility” to include a hall, vestry, toilets.

Vicar of St John’s, Fr Stuart Cradduck, said: “It’s a really bold design but in keeping with the setting, being both rural and next to the church. But it will be subservient to the church.”

Fr Stuart added: “Historic England have seen the plans and they liked them a lot.”

The planned building will be made of red cedar boarding, stone and glass with a glass partition separating it from the church.

Two thirds of the £1 million will be spent on the new build. The money was bequeathed by villager Ina Hawley. Some of it will also go towards new heating in the church and the replacements of rotten floorboards.

Some money will be kept in reserve and some of it will go towards other initiatives in the parish.

Fr Stuart said: “It has been 18 months to get to this stage. We hope to submit a planning application later this year and then we hope the first shovels will be in the ground in November.”