St Andrew’s sits at the heart of the ancient village of Charmouth in West Dorset. The church, its site, and the village span a thousand years. The Grade II Listed Building is letting in the rain – which saturates and increasingly endangers both the fabric of the building, and the contents which tell the history of the village. The building is on Historic England’s At Risk Register.
The building is not fulfilling its potential as: a place of worship; as the key to our heritage; as the only civic auditorium in the village; as the inspiring icon that it is – designed by Charles Fowler, the architect of Covent Garden Market in London – or as a learning resource.
Having reviewed the unmet needs of the village as evidenced by the Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan 2017, our vision is threefold:
- To create a focal point for faith, cultural and entertainment activities at the heart of our village.
- To celebrate the heritage of our church, our village and its people under one roof.
- To meet the needs of local people and visitors to Charmouth.
Activities planned to deliver the vision are also threefold:
- Repair the building; create a permanent ‘History of Charmouth, its church and its people’ exhibition; restore and interpret the historic contents of the building; and signpost a heritage link between village and coast.
- Create a flexible worship space, weekly music and visual arts programme, and seasonal festivals inspired by the heritage of the people, of the landscape and of the region.
- Provide training for volunteers; provide refreshment; and something to involve people of all ages.
In summary our vision is to create a focal point for faith, cultural and entertainment activities at the heart of our village.