Tower Appeal, St Bartholomew's Church, Winchester

by Andrew Wainewright in Winchester, England, United Kingdom

Tower Appeal, St Bartholomew's Church, Winchester


raised of £15,500 target


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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 25th September 2020 at 9:16am

Your donation will help create a bright welcoming space for the whole community. Making St Bart's an accessible focal point for the Parish.

by Andrew Wainewright in Winchester, England, United Kingdom

Executive summary

Our proposal to raise funds for our project is based upon the exciting plans in hand for some renovation works at St Bartholomew's Church, so that it can extend its welcome and accessibility, not only as the parish church for Hyde and Abbotts Barton, but also as one of Winchester's most ancient and historic buildings. This project will benefit the communities/residents of the one of the 5 unparished town wards: St Bartholomew.

The phases of the plan will focus on the area under the tower and that end of the church in order to:

1) Install  a toilet suitable for disabled access.

2) Eliminate the  damp in the walls and improve the water supply.

3) Install a  kitchenette.

4) Rearrange the seating at the east end so that we can offer a better space for   hospitality.

5) Improve access, particularly for those who need a level way in rather than     steps.

6) Create a history area within the church for visitors.

7) Upgrade the sound system within the Church.

At the same time we will be carrying out the recommendations of the latest Quinquennial Inspection. Every five years, your church building must be inspected by a suitably experienced and qualified professional, appointed after consultation with the Diocesan Advisory Committee. They will help you make sure your building is kept in good repair.

The project already has the necessary Diocesan approvals and has been out to tender, under the professional expertise of our project manager Andrew Wainewright, a retired Chartered Quantity Surveyor, on behalf of the PCC.

The expectation was that work would begin after Easter 2020 and take three months by our approved contractor. However, the coronavirus has delayed the start for some months.

We already have some grants approved and money set aside, and we launched our Tower Appeal in September 2019 to assist with the fundraising.

Main proposal

Need and Delivery

St Bartholomew’s is c.12th-century flint and stone built church with tiled roof and set within its churchyard. Originally it stood within the curtilage of Hyde Abbey (c.1110) and was extended with a tower c1598 after the abbey was destroyed.

The church has on display an important collection of 6 capitals from Hyde Abbey which are rare impressive examples of mediaeval sculpture.

St Bartholomew’s Parish (c5,500) is mainly a residential suburb of Winchester City. The Church welcomes all ages to its varied weekly services and Messy Church worship. The Church is also used by the local community for concerts and for the annual King Alfred Weekend (of much local significance) and other community events. St Bede’s Church of England Primary School hold their annual Christmas/Easter and Yr6 Leavers’ services there.


Our project will help St Bartholomew’s and the local community to flourish by providing welcoming and attractive facilities, particularly focusing on the needs of the disabled, families and the elderly.

The project will improve people’s lives by the following aspects:

1) Extend its welcome as a place of peace to the local community.

2) Make it a far more usable space for people with disabilities, families with young children and the elderly.

3) Improve the level access for those with wheelchairs, pushchairs and walking aids.

4) Provide toilet facilities accessible to wheelchair users.

Our project will help people with disabilities, families with young children and the elderly as well as the church congregation, the local community and all visitors to the church. The approximate number of beneficiaries for the last year and the year ahead is 150 with the potential to grow this as more people seek to benefit from our work.

Case studies & images

Our main proposals include the following works.

1) To provide a kitchenette for preparation of tea and coffee for members of the church and local community and church visitors.

2) The installation of toilet facilities accessible to wheelchair users.

3) To carry out reordering within the church including removal of the front pews, rearrangement of seating near kitchenette, moving a pew with shields on the back to a new location behind the front central block of pews.

4) The provision of new furniture including a new table/bookshelf unit to the west of the entrance and a new display and leaflet area opposite the entrance on the north wall.

5) The creation of a new history area for visitors to the church.

6) To widen the footpath to provide a level access for wheelchair users and pushchairs, as our main entrance has three steps down into the church.

7) The installation of a new upgraded sound system.

All works are to be in accordance with the following drawings and specification prepared by our Church Architects, Seymour & Bainbridge:

Specification S3713 Revision A Oct 2019.

Drawing nos:    

  • 827/03     Rev A – Existing Tower Floor plan (A3)
  • 827/04     Rev B – Proposed Tower Floor Plan (A3)
  • 827/05     Rev A – Proposed Joinery for Tower (A3)
  • 827/10     Rev A – Existing Floor Plan (A3)
  • 827/11     Proposed Floor Plan
  • 827/12     Proposed Oak Bookcase
  • 827/13     Proposed Shelving and Display Board

The project has been out to tender and five submissions were received. Due to funding pressures, the scheme has been phased with the work to install the kitchenette and the disabled WC and some of the reordering carried out as a first phase. Phase two will be the remainder of the reordering, new furniture, the history area and widening the footpath to provide level access. The final phase will be installation of the upgraded sound system.

The appointed contactor has stated that the project would take three months to build. We had anticipated that the project would start after Easter 2020, but the coronavirus has substantially delayed this programme.

Phase 1 of the works will commence in September 2020 , with phases 2 and 3 due to start in 2021.

The images shown below identify the existing condition of the tower where the alterations are proposed.

The first photo shows the existing vestry facing into the church.


The photo below shows the existing toilet facility.


This photo shows the vestry from within the church, and also shows where some of the reordering will happen to provide seating accommodation for those having tea or coffee close to the kitchenette.


Our church is normally used for services on every Sunday and on one Wednesday per month and will be open during the week and at weekends for the local community and for visitors, once COVID-19 restrictions are eased.

Funding Already Received

By mid August, we have already raised £63,000 towards the Tower Appeal. This has come from donations from our congregation and the local community, by successful grant applications and pledges from the Garfield Weston Foundation, National Churches Trust, Allchurches Trust and the Hampshire & the Islands Historic Churches Trust, from community fund-raising events and from contributions from PCC reserves.

Leadership & management

Our Priest-in-Charge, the Revd Karen Kousseff, has been in ordained ministry for over 10 years and is also Area Dean of Winchester. She is passionate about supporting the church to serve its community and has been keen to see the Tower project come to fruition ever since joining the benefice in 2018. Karen actively supports the fundraising committee and promotes the project, recognising its potential for greatly improving the accessibility of the church for families, the elderly and the disabled, as well as extending our welcome and creating new opportunities for hospitality and small groups. She regards this as an important project not just for the church serving its own parish community, but also for the city of Winchester, in whose cultural heritage St Bartholomew's has a significant and treasured position.

Working with the community organisation Hyde900, Karen continues to foster the church's role in commemorating King Alfred and telling the story of Hyde Abbey, and looks forward to the project improving our welcome for the tourists interested in this history. Under Karen's leadership the Tower Appeal was launched in September 2019 and (prior to the coronavirus lockdown) has already received a significant amount of money donated from among the local community.

The project manager for this project is Andrew Wainewright, a retired Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Andrew is a past church warden of St Bartholomew’s and is a member of the PCC. He has been responsible for the upkeep and repair of building projects entrusted to the PCC to renovate the church and its parish hall. Andrew was the Managing Director of John Smith Projects, a local quantity surveying practice and construction consultancy, until 2018.

Partnership working

We have links with Hyde900, a neighbourhood project in Winchester which was formed to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the founding of Hyde Abbey in 2010.

Hyde900 has continued as a community organisation, organising social and cultural events and supporting research into the history of the Hyde area. Hyde900 has supported the church and has arranged some of its events to be held there since 2010 and has carried out exhibitions of the history of Hyde in the church.

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