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

  • 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

  • Planning Conditions have been discharged

    Bath and North East Somerset Council have now confirmed that the conditions attaching to the Planning Approval granted in April 2020 have now been discharged

  • Faculties Granted

    On 15th October 2020 we received our faculties for both the main works and the proposed interpretation. A major milestone. Now the hard work of applying to many grant giving…

  • Jane Austen connections to St Laurence church discovered

    A Connection between East Harptree and the Novelist Jane Austen by Jo Brown   July 10, 1791 MY DEAR MRS. FIELDING,  After having wrote to you so lately you will…

Funding Updates


Recent grants: The Hobson Charity, Somerset Churches Trust, Allchurches Trust, St. Andrew’s Conservation Trust, Church Care, The Beatrice Laing Trust raise £40550. The government have confirmed the extension of the LPOW VAT Grant Scheme which is worth c£80k to the project


  • Heritage Fund (£83k)
  • School House Trust (£68k)
  • Local Pledges so far (£110k)
  • Allchurches Trust(£12800)
  • Diocesan Loan (£25k)
  • The Hobson Charity (£10k)
  • Churchcare (£8600)
  • Previous fundraising events (£50k)
  • St. Andrew’s Conservation Trust (£2k)
  • The Beatrice Laing Trust(£5k)
  • Somerset Churches Trust (£2k)
  • LPOW VAT Grant Scheme (£80k)
  • The Sharpe Trust (£400)
  • Other (£150)










We have raised 54% of our £850,000 target

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