The Wigmore Centre CIC was formed in May 2015 with the express purpose of generating ideas and raising and administering funds for the re-ordering of St James’ Church. CIC stands for Community Interest Company which does exactly what it says – it is a company that works for the benefit of the community and not its directors or shareholders. All of the directors are volunteers and none receives any remuneration. There are four directors of The Wigmore Centre CIC: Bryan Casbourne MBE, Jill Fieldhouse, Fran Rhodes and Bridget Thomas. Each has brought their commercial skills and broad experience to bear on the project and formulated the plans that are now beginning to unfold.
We have a sub committee comprising Joy Ardy, Brian Ardy, Andrew Boulton and Igor Kennaway, all local to Wigmore and with specialist knowledge of education, sound reproduction and recording and musical direction. We are closely linked with Wigmore School and will engage students with every aspect of the project. We have just appointed Stewart Environmental Consulting to help us project manage the development phase. This website is intended to keep you up to date with progress and give you an opportunity to offer up suggestions and help.
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.