A survey to help plan the St Peter's Church, Powick heritage project

St Peter’s Church, Powick has stood at the heart of the village community for over 900 years and has borne witness in thousands of events, great and small. The church and village played a key role in the English Civil War. The conflict divided the village and affected everyone. This is part of the story of the English Civil War, and of Powick’s story, which is not well known. We are developing  a large bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for money to undertake some repairs and (more excitingly) provide ways to open up this fascinating history and that of the impact of the English Civil War in Powick to a wider audience. This will affect the look and feel of the church inside and bring in new people. We’d like your views on what to include and how best to tell the stories, so we can shape the project for Powick.

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* 1. Powick Bridge was the site of the first and last encounters of the English Civil War (in 1642 and 1651), and the church itself suffered damage from musket fire which can still be seen today. How interested are you in finding out more about this part of your village’s history?

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* 2. Powick's role in the Civil War was important, but the  village has many other fascinating stories to tell too. The project proposes having a display at the back on the church which tells some of these stories. How interested are you in finding out more about this wider history? 

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* 3. We plan to create an exhibition area in the north transept, to tell the story of Powick church and village's Civil War story. We will work with the Civil War partnership in Worcester to tell Powick’s part in the story in exciting and engaging ways. How do you like to access information?

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* 4. We want to have the church open more often so people can enjoy our beautiful building, find moments of peace, and see the exhibitions. We will need a team of volunteer welcomers who can be on a rota to do this. To help us gauge if this would be possible if the project goes ahead, we need to assess what level of support we could plan for. We are NOT asking for contact details at this stage, just an idea of our resources:

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* 5. Part of the project plan is to open up an area at the back of the church, so it can be used to provide refreshments, improve disabled access and make the church a more flexible space able to support a wider range of community events. This widening of use will help us sustain the project and the church building into the future and make more people feel welcome. Which of these statements do you agree with (tick as many as apply)?

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