Houghton Church Renewal Project

In April last year a meeting was held in the Parish Hall to discuss the need for urgent repairs to All Saints Church.

Inside All Saints Church Houghton Glass Stained WindowsThe question was posed whether we should spend the money to repair it or simply leave it to decline. It was the overwhelming view that the Church is by far the oldest and most beautiful building in the village, and has played a central role in village life over the centuries and still remains the focus of so many village celebrations and commemorations. However the Church has not seen any significant alterations for over 130 years and, if it is to be maintained, thought should be given to making it fit-for-purpose in the 21st century. A committee was set up to consider all possible changes and the cost of each option for people in the village to decide what they would like. The committee gave a presentation to the Parish Council at their meeting on Monday 1st September and the plan is now to present the ideas to the village as a whole. At the moment two events are planned:

On Saturday 20th September – at the Village Coffee Morning, posters will be displayed of the plans and members of the committee will be available to explain the details

On Saturday 27th September – a formal presentation of the proposals will be given in the Village Hall at 10 am. Further presentations will be arranged if required.

We do believe that the proposals are both sensible and affordable but above all exciting for the village and we sincerely hope that as many as possible from the village will take the opportunity to hear about these ideas and to take part in the discussions.

Richard Burnett-Hall

David Livermore

Michael Woodhall