St Mary’s Church has undertaken a partnership with the Goosnargh and Whittingham Heritage Group (GWHG) to establish a dedicated Community Hub in St. Mary's Church.
The funds awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund will contribute towards the capital costs of creating the Hub, a space where the community can come together. The North Aisle of the church will be developed to become a meeting room/workshop. This new space will provide a safe repository for archives, documents, photographs and memorabilia and also function as a research room for individuals and groups. The adjacent open area displays will showcase information about GWHG’s programmes and promote visitor access and engagement.
This new space will enable the Parochial Church Council (PCC) to realise its long-cherished goal of making the church more accessible and relevant as a community resource. This is important not only for existing residents and village clubs but also for families new to the area living in the 1000 new houses recently built in the parishes, who may be less aware of the local history and the church’s heritage.