A HISTORIC place of worship in Weymouth is getting a much needed facelift after being battered by sea air for many years – with plans unveiled to convert its crypt into a conference space.
The Holy Trinity Parish Church, next to Weymouth Town Bridge, is undergoing a ‘necessary restoration’ of its windows as part of the renovation.
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Canon Andrew Gough, Vicar of the Holy Trinity, said: “The cathedral-like structure hosts many civic ceremonies, gatherings and dignitaries and stands as a beacon of the Christian faith along Trinity Road which s extends to Hope Square.
“Like most buildings of this age, constant maintenance and repair of the fabric is essential – especially on the coast where sea air causes erosion.
“Very little has been done for the church in many years and as a building, which is not only a Christian place of worship but an iconic part of Weymouth’s history, the church congregation has ruled necessary to engage in the restoration of many of the windows.
“To date we have been very grateful for a small grant from the Dorset Historic Churches Fund, the roof having been repaired in the past two years. ”
Reverend Gough said that once the restoration is complete, parts of the interior will also be rearranged to allow the space to further adapt to today’s needs. This will include upgrading toilets, kitchens and meeting rooms – with a long-term vision of converting the crypt into conference space, meeting rooms and providing facilities to meet these needs.
He added: “It is vital that we find a compromise between protecting, celebrating, enjoying and valuing our heritage, while using our building in a relevant and respectful way.
“Access for people with disabilities is a firm priority and proving to be a challenge as we engage with Dorset Council.
“We also have many events planned for music, the arts and for young people.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the restoration project can do so by contacting email@example.com or the parish office 01305 760354.