Updating St Edwards

Retaining Beauty, Serving Community


Adapting Stow’s Ancient Parish Church for the Future.


We are making good progress with our re-ordering plans.  We have been encouraged by the Archdeacon to take three elements forward in the coming months, but on the basis that any longer-term projects involving other parts of the church are to be left for future consideration once a new incumbent is in place.


Our AudioVisual Project 

This project is designed to benefit worshippers, the Stow community and our visitors. By installing a discreetly positioned projector, screen, video cameras and improved loudspeakers, we will be able to improve the quality of streamed services for those unable to attend church in person and include extra video material and music during services. Also, while travel remains difficult, those who are unable to attend special services like weddings and funerals will be able to participate from anywhere in the world. At the same time, we will be able to offer extra options to community groups such as Music at Stow and creatively improve the St Edward’s experience for visitors.

Our petition was submitted on 23rd July and has gone through all the preliminary review and documentation stages. We were authorised on 20th August to begin the 30 day Public Consultation phase.  Notices have been put up inside and outside the church drawing attention to the project and inviting any objections by a deadline of 19th September Notice AV    Full details of the project are available in a folder in church, but they can also be viewed on the following link DSAV report

Two public meetings, one in church and one on Zoom, were held on Thursday 2nd September.  



Re-ordering of Back of the Church and North Aisle


We need more flexible open space in church to allow church and community groups the ability to hold informal meetings and to remove pinch points where church-users and visitors are squeezed together.  We submitted our faculty petition covering this work on 16th August and have since provided all of the required supporting documentation. We are now awaiting the outcome of preliminary reviews of that material. Unless we are asked to provide further information, we hope to hear later this month or early next month that we can go to the statutory Public Consultation phase.  At that point, we shall follow the same procedure of putting up formal notices, providing full information in church and on the website about the details of the project and holding public meetings to present the project and answer any questions. 


Draught-proofing the South Porch

We are also working, but on a slower timescale, on the best way of draught-proofing the South Porch.  We hope to be able to submit a faculty petition for this later in the Autumn.


If you have any questions about these projects please contact Robert Barnett on (01451) 870349