Welcome to Project Newton

Welcome to Project Newton

A Renewal Project for the Church and Community of East Harptree

Project Newton is a community project which will reinvigorate St Laurence Church, East Harptree as a place of worship and improve the lives of people locally and in south Bristol. It will enable visitors better to appreciate the special features of St Laurence, its heritage and that of the surrounding area. It will deliver opportunities for increased engagement across the community.

It will improve the learning opportunities and curriculums of the children and young people at East Harptree Primary School and Learning Partnership West  an Alternative Education Provider in South Bristol based in an area which is in the top 1% of most deprived wards in England.

It will safeguard this magnificent building for future generations and will deliver urgent repairs needed to the Tower, Bells, Chancel, wall paintings (medieval and Victorian), Newton Monument (after which the project is named), and stained glass of St Laurence, as well as improvements to the access to the churchyard and church itself. It will also involve improvements to the natural world around St Laurence and the flora and fauna in the churchyard and provide opportunities to get involved, learn about, enjoy and care for the heritage and natural world in and around St Laurence.

This website will help you find out more about the Newton project, how you can get involved, and keep up with the latest project updates.

Project Updates

  • £294,900 Grant awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

    The full Text of the Press Release announcing this is “East Harptree Church awarded major National Lottery Heritage Fund grant St Laurence East Harptree has been awarded a £294,900 grant…

  • National Heritage Lottery Fund Round 2 Grant Application submitted

    We submitted our Round 2 Heritage Grant/Lottery application on 26th May 2021. We are due to hear the results of that in September 2021

  • Tender Completed

    We completed our tender for the Main Works in April 2021 and our Preferred Contractor is Ellis and Co subject to us securing all our funding. Our programme assumes our works…

  • Public Appeal is launched

    We started our public appeal in the last week of February and appeal leaflets have been delivered to all households in East Harptree, West Harptree and Hinton Blewitt. The closing…

  • The works go out to tender

    We launched our formal tender for the proposed works on 26th February. Responses are due in early April

Funding Updates


Recent grants: National Lottery Heritage Fund award £294,900. Also Foulerton Trust, Bath and Wells Diocesan Association of Change Ringers, Burges Salmon, The Hobson Charity, Somerset Churches Trust, Allchurches Trust, St. Andrew’s Conservation Trust, Church Care, The Beatrice Laing Trust. If the government extend the LPOW VAT Grant Scheme again in March 2022 that is worth c£90k to the project. Zero VAT rating of the Inclusive Access Works would realise another £15k


  • National Lottery Heritage Fund(294900)
  • School House Trust (£73k)
  • Pledges so far (£84k)
  • Donations so far (£41k)
  • Allchurches Trust(£12800)
  • The Hobson Charity (£10k)
  • Churchcare (£8600)
  • St. Andrew’s Conservation Trust (£2k)
  • The Beatrice Laing Trust(£5k)
  • Somerset Churches Trust (£2k)
  • LPOW VAT Grant Scheme (£90k)
  • Zero Rating of Inclusive Access works (£15k)
  • The Sharpe Trust (£400)
  • Foulerton Trust (£5000)
  • Francis Coales(£1000)
  • Bath and Wells Diocesan Association of Change Ringers(£6400)
  • Burges Salmon Charitable Trust (£150)
  • Other (£64200)










We have raised 93% of our £770,000 target

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