Background to the Project
The work behind the current re-ordering plans has been ongoing since the original Church Review Group met in February 2008. On the 12th September 2016 Acting Deputy Chancellor Mark Ruffell published his directions for the planned re-ordering works at St Michael's. The journey to this point had not been without its challenges, but it is now with a great sense of privilege that we restore God's house to the heart of the community and prepare it for the 21st Century.
After over a decade in the planning, Acting Deputy Chancellor Mark Ruffell granted a faculty and gave directions for the re-ordering works in St Michael's Church in October 2016.
A new team was then set up to oversee the building work and external works finally commenced on April 23rd 2018. The church family was also tasked with the mammoth task of clearing the building of all its contents. It was a great opportunity to have a good sort out and we found enough to fill four skips for disposal and found good homes for many items that were no longer needed.
The pews are currently in storage as we were required by the Deputy Chancellor to retain them for 36 months, unless they were required by another church. If you are interested in obtaining one of the pews please contact the Church Office for more details or to reserve one for collection from October 2019 onwards.
The church building closed to the public following the Highworth Choral Society's concert on 12th May 2018 and weekly services were held in St Michael's Hall with other events being held in the Hall or St Michael's Church Room.