THE interior of St Mary's Parish
Church, in Nantwich town centre, has taken on a new look.
started before Christmas 2015 on a re-ordering of the "Cathedral
of South Cheshire" - a task that has been completed.
This included a new
entrance at the west door of the church which included new
inner glass doors and a new place to hang the spectacular
Jubilee Curtain, which marks the 25th
anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
structure also includes unisex toilets - one for less
able people - with the remaining
areas being utilised for storage.
Other work included the removal of some of the pews to make more
open spaces - including a place for a grand piano
in the south aisle, for concerts, etc - a platform lift to
replace the wheelchair lift, and stone ramps for
was provided by Nantwich Town Council, Wren grants scheme, and
Cheshire East Council
recently that the wooden ramps were installed by the BBC when
the church was featured in a "Songs of Praise" broadcast
in 1982, to
enable the cameras to negotiate the steps between the north and
south aisles and the side chapels during the recording.
This picture shows
members of St Mary's congregation hard at work on Saturday,
April 16, cleaning up after the work was mainly finished.
With the Jubilee
Curtain re-hung, the pew kneelers back in place, and the dust
covers protecting the pipe organ removed, the congregation set
about restoring order and cleanliness.
Seeing the west doors
open, several members of the public took the opportunity of
going inside the church to see the improvements.
The top half of the
glass doors (centre) is reflecting the east stained-glass