Annual Appeal - Save St Swithun's
St. Swithun’s, a Grade I-listed Georgian gem in the centre of Worcester, has been in our care since 1977. The Friends of St Swithun’s and volunteers keep the church open and have established a venue for cultural activities including the Three Choirs Festival and organ recitals featuring the rare 1795 Grade I William and Robert Gray organ.
However, the historic fabric is now at severe risk, with a leaking roof threatening both the tall Tudor tower and the elegant interior. Repairs are urgent, but with limited financial resources we must also find a long-term, sustainable use for the building.
We are planning not only to repair and conserve this fine building but also provide facilities and improve access. Our vision is to create a sensory space which creatively uses sound and art to engage, enthuse and inspire. “Sound and Art @ St Swithun’s” will not only support the future of the building but help Worcester’s strategic plans to bring the city centre back to life and grow tourism.
The total project cost is £2,440,245 and the Heritage Lottery Fund will consider a grant funding request of £1,639,700 in September 2017. With a successful programme of fundraising to date, we now need to raise the final £80,000. If the bid is successful, work will start in 2018, with a provisional opening date in spring 2019.
Please help us save this church by donating now via the donate button. Alternatively send a cheque payable to The Churches Conservation Trust, or call 0800 206 1463. Gifts of £500 or more will be acknowledged at the church.
[image caption: The striking Georgian interior of St Swithun’s, with its historic Gray Brothers organ]