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 and allow visitors better to appreciate the special features, surrounding environment and heritage of the church. It will deliver opportunities for increased engagement across the community.
It will improve the learning opportunities and curriculums of the children at East Harptree Primary School and at Learning Partnership West an Alternative Education Provider in South Bristol which is 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 bring alive the heritage of East Harptree and the area around it. The project 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 the church. It will also involve improvements to the local environment and the flora and fauna in the churchyard and provide opportunities to get involved, learn about, enjoy and care for the heritage and environment in and around the church.