Two legacies left by parishioners of St Gregory the Great, Stratford-upon-Avon, are helping to transform this beautiful place of worship.

Thanks to their generosity, and the sale of the former presbytery, St Gregory the Great is undergoing a much-needed refurbishment.

The extensive renovation includes the remodelling of the Sanctuary; a new altar and moving the Holy Communion rails.

A new lighting and heating system has been installed; the font moved to a more prominent position; the whole church redecorated and the Victorian stencilling restored in the apse.

The work started earlier this year and although building work was halted for a while due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was completed last month (June 2020).

Parish priest Fr Alex Austin is delighted with the new-look church.

“The renovation needed to be done, it is a huge improvement,” said Fr Alex.

“I am very pleased and parishioners are very pleased. A lovely building can play a huge part in evangelisation.

“We are a local landmark and do get lots of visitors, so the refurbishment will hopefully help people to pray and worship.”

Fr Alex added there is more development to come as part of the same funded project including a glass screen at the entrance, reconciliation room and chapel for recent saints.

St Gregory the Great, like many churches across the Archdiocese, has now reopened for public worship.