A £30,000 project to level the floor of the nave in St Wulfram’s Church is making a whole host of ground-breaking events possible in the church this year.
The newly levelled-floor will play host to a May Ball, a flower festival on the theme of Roald Dahl, and a beer and cider festival among other events throughout this year.
The work on the nave is designed to make access to all visitors much easier and will allow for big events to take place throughout the main body of the church.
Work has been going on for a number of weeks to level various parts of the nave and Fr Stuart Cradduck, rector of St Wulfram’s, hopes the work will be fully completed in 12 weeks.
Fr Stuart told the Journal: “The work is going really well and it has allowed us to arrange a full programme of events in the church this year.
“This is all about putting the church at the heart of the community and getting it used by people who do not necessarily come to church every week but who value the building in their town.
“Levelling the floors in the church allows us to do this, With the platforms in you simply couldn’t organise anything like this.”
A number of platforms about six inches high were installed in the church in 1866 by architect Gilbert Scott to cater for a heating system. Pews were supposed to be put on them, but the cost proved too much and chairs were put in instead.
Two more platforms still have to be removed but the ball on May 13 will go ahead.
Tickets are £30 and the event will raise money for the choir to visit Canterbury and Rouen. There will be jazz music and food together with a ’70s disco and a group of session musicians from Radio 2 will perform. Tickets are available from the parish office (Tel: 01476 561342).
The ball will be followed by a Cabinet of Curiosities installation in June which Fr Stuart says promises a collection of bizarre and weird objects within a local context.
There will also be a Grantham College art show followed by a massive flower festival in July with many installations through the church based on the books of Roald Dahl, such as Charlie and The Chocolate factory, The Witches and The Twits. The events will also spread outside for stalls and refreshments with help from the RAF which will erect mess tents.
On August 29 there will be a charity abseil down the tower organised by Totemic and BBC Radio 4 will broadcast from the church in September ahead of the Gravity Fields Festival.
Another first for the church will be a beer and cider festival from November 17 to 19 which will be accompanied by various kinds of music such as jazz and folk on different days.