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 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.

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

  • 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…

  • Planning Consent Granted -9th April 2020

    We were granted planning permission for all the external and external facing works on 9th April and on the same date Advertisement consent for the proposed new noticeboard was granted

  • More of the photographs discovered by the Harptrees History Society

    A sample of the photographs unearthed by the Harptrees History Society

  • Glorious New Photograph discovered showing the East End of the Chancel with all the Original Victorian Decoration

    The Harptrees History have recently discovered a series of images of the interior and exterior of the church and of its surroundings and of the wider village. Attached is a…

Funding Updates


Recent grants: Allchurches Trust, St Andrew’s Conservation Trust, Church Care raise £23550


  • Heritage Fund (£83k)
  • School House Trust (£68k)
  • Local Pledges so far (£101k)
  • Allchurches Trust(£12800)
  • Diocesan Loan (£25k)
  • Churchcare (£8600)
  • Previous fundraising events (£50k)
  • St Andrews Conservation Trust (£2k)
  • Other (£150)





We have raised 40% of our £875,000 target

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