Our Priest-in-Charge Rev David Green, the Churchwardens and PCC of St Mary’s, West Malling would like to warmly invite residents of our local community, and those who live further afield with significant ties to the church, to join us on Saturday 27 January between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for the first of several Public Consultations which we anticipate will take place during 2018.
The plans will be available to view from 10 a.m. and then a presentation will be given by our Minister, David, at 11 a.m. Questions and Comments will follow with then further time afterward to browse the drawings at your leisure. Tea and Coffee refreshments will also be available.
For some time, it has been evident to many people that our church acutely needs new facilities. The lack of toilets, disabled access, refreshment facilities, and adequate heating and lighting are needs felt not only by our regular worshipping congregations, but also by christening, wedding and funeral guests, our local school-children and their parents, those attending special events held in the church, and those who have attended music concerts and other community events at St Mary’s.
In addressing those needs, a Working Group of the PCC has been working for several years on our plans, liaising with diocesan authorities, heritage bodies and stakeholders, and we have now reached a significant milestone in the project.
We believe that all the needs we have cannot be fully met without providing an extension to St Mary’s. This first Public Consultation gives the Working Group a chance to present the current plans and designs for that extension, providing the public with access to the drawings and giving space for their questions, comments and feedback. In due course, the church will need to apply for Planning Consent. However, before that stage is reached, we are keen to hear what local people think.
As the year progresses, further Consultations will be carried out to look at other aspects of the proposed plans, including potential changes to the main body of the church itself.
We hope you will come and take a look and give us your thoughts.