What is Project Newton?

What is Project Newton?

Our project involves urgent repairs to St Laurence Church, the only Grade 2* listed building in East Harptree.

At the same time we will improve inclusive access and create a heritage exhibition area.

We will also work to improve and enhance the churchyard as a natural habitat for wildlife. While achieving all this, the project will of course balance, and be sympathetic to, the principal purpose of the church as a place of worship.

Project Timeline

Dec: Apply for planning permission

Apr: Apply for faculties

If successful:


February: Round 2 Grant application to Heritage Fund

If successful and other funding in place

Autumn: Contractor starts


Autumn: Work complete
Community engagement activities underway


More About the Project

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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