We have just completed (June 2020) major renovation works to the walls, Berkeley Chapel floor and windows, including the very large window in the Berkeley Chapel. Our project included the creation of our heritage archive centre and the new time-line and displays in the Berkeley Chapel. None of this work would have been possible without our dedicated team of volunteers and the following grants, for which we are very grateful:
Allchurches Trust Limited
Awards for All
The Headley Trust
Fund for Church Growth
The Berkeley family
Since 2015, we have completed major restoration works including a complete re-wire of the church, with new uplighters, a new sound system and new stone roofs, to match the existing one over the Chancel, Vicar’s vestry and the Hagioscope or squint. We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their grant of £93,000 towards this roof project and a grant of £7,500 from Garfield Weston Foundation.
Because the church is Grade 1 listed, this meant extra cost was incurred in the recent roof repair because the same stone roof tiles had to be used to match the existing tiles and maintain the heritage of the church. We are proud to say we gained recognition for this project from The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
The church attracts many visitors looking into its vast history and, apart from normal services; our church is open on Wednesday mornings and other times by request.
We have local historians who give church tours and are happy to accommodate groups and to show visitors some of Portbury’s extensive village archive. Please see Heritage Centre for more information.
Please Contact Churchwarden on 07552 629928 for more information.