Building to Serve

Opening Up, Reaching Out, Inviting In

the journey so far…

The current building of St Mary’s was built in 1958, designed by renowned architect Nugent Cachemaille-Day. It has served the church well over the last sixty years as a place of worship and prayer for the community of Barton. Today, we are well aware of its limitations to the ministry St Mary’s is called to in the 21st century: lack of space for our growing children’s and young people’s work, no kitchen, poor toilet facilities etc.

Plans for redevelopment have arisen a number of times over the years and since the arrival of Eric Bossward as vicar in 2017 these efforts have been renewed. We are grateful to Ray Hall who helped develop some initial ideas and towards the end of 2018 we commissioned Josh Greig from Purcell to produce a design and feasibility study which we are extremely pleased with.

Our plans have been warmly encouraged by the DAC (Diocesan Advisory Committee), and the 20th Century Society who have an interest in protecting the architectural significance and will soon be approaching the city council for pre-approval. As our plans become more concrete and the appropriate permissions are granted, our next challenge is the huge task of fundraising!

The existing building will be refurbished inside but it’s distinctive shape and character will remain the same, with the major work involving a single-story extension to the south and north sides.

The existing building will be refurbished inside but it’s distinctive shape and character will remain the same, with the major work involving a single-story extension to the south and north sides.

There are plans for brand new welcome area on the south side and a further extension on the north side with kitchen, toilets and space for meetings and our ever expanding children’s ministry.

There are plans for brand new welcome area on the south side and a further extension on the north side with kitchen, toilets and space for meetings and our ever expanding children’s ministry.

how can i help?

We started the process of fundraising for the project with a gift day for the congregation on Sunday 24th March 2019. This was a hugely encouraging start! If you would you like to give financially to this fundraising effort then you can do so by bank transfer: Sort Code 30-90-89 and Account number 36497260 with the reference ‘Redevelopment’ or by cheque written out to St Mary’s Headington PCC, posted c/o The Treasurer, St Mary’s Vicarage, Bayswater Rd, Headington, OX3 9EY.