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.