It’s really important that everyone in the village embraces this project. The centre will be a fantastic resource for everyone to enjoy and will become part of our daily lives and, of course, our heritage. There will be regular update meetings in the Village Hall and these will be publicised on this website, via social media, in the Mortimer Villages newsletter and on village noticeboards. There is a comments box in the village shop where you can post any ideas or suggestions that you would like considered.
The Heritage Lottery Fund grant is solely for the re-ordering work. None of it will be used for traditional religious observance purposes. The church will therefore continue to hold fundraising events of its own to cover ecclesiastical costs and these events will also be publicised in the same way – we hope you will support them.
Look out for tower tours on Saturdays during the summer – the tower is normally closed to the public so this is a chance to see the Harley bells, the side-by-side birdcage clock and admire the magnificent views from the top. The tower tours are not for everyone – access is via a steep and very narrow medieval stone spiral staircase with uneven treads. You need stamina and a pair of stout shoes. Children under 8 years old are not permitted and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Likewise Wigmore Castle – it is a hard walk up to the keep but it is worth it once you get there. There are no visitor facilities at the castle but of course, when the church is finished it will house a café, toilets and information centre.
The church and castle are open every day and entry is free. You can buy a ‘Discover Wigmore’ brochure in the shop which has lots of information on the village and a guide around the many interesting listed buildings.
As we work through the various development stages we will be holding lectures with some of the specialists involved from the conservation architects to interpretation designer and sound designer. If this sparks your interests then do come along – it’s free. And if you are thinking of a career in Heritage these talks should be invaluable to you.
The Wigmore Centre CIC has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to commence the development phase of the transformation of St James’ Church into an Interpretive, Heritage and Community Centre.