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Our project to repair and share the heritage of St Leonard’s Church Flamstead is now being delivered. Major restoration work has been carried out since September 2020 and is due to complete November 2021. As a result, the roof, windows and walls of the church will be structurally sound and weatherproof, and rainwater drainage much improved to avoid damp. Heritage will be in a better condition and better maintained going forwards. This overall project has been directed by Andrew Lambourne since 2017.
Our bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund included an ambitious programme of Activities and new Interpretation displays. These will enable a larger and more diverse range of visitors to understand and enjoy the rich heritage of 900 years of social history embodied in this wonderful building.
Essential to any project like this is a dedicated team of volunteers from the local community.
We also have support from many local community stakeholders including as the Friends of St Leonard’s, the Flamstead Scarecrow Festival, the Flamstead Society, Flamstead Parish Council, the Flamstead Village Show and the Village Hall Committees, as well as Historic England and the St Albans Diocese.
Because this is a community project, everyone is invited to take part. If you live in or near Flamstead and are interested in heritage and the kinds of things below , we’d be delighted to hear from you:
- Photographing and filming the building and events
- Period cookery and arranging community meals
- Learning to be a guide to the building and its history
- Ecology and the “Living Churchyard”
- Drama and period re-enactment
- Using new technology to help make heritage accessible
- Organising and stewarding events and activities
- Making props and period costumes
- Heritage Interpretation skills
Parochial Church Council
The Executive body responsible for the fabric of the church
The Flamstead Parochial Church Council (PCC) is a registered charity, no. 1179567, and its members work closely with the Flamstead Heritage Group and the Friends of St Leonard’s to ensure our Grade I listed Church is properly maintained. The members of the PCC are trustees of the charity:
Vicar – Revd Jo Burke
Churchwardens – Mary Jenkin, John King
Lay representatives – Miranda Motley, Laura Thrift, Clare Rudd, Greg Parsons, Clive Hayward, Hope Clayton, Leslie Webster
St Leonard’s Church website: St Leonard’s and St John’s
Flamstead Heritage Group
Created by the PCC specifically to spearhead heritage protection fundraising
The Flamstead Heritage Group reports to the Parochial Church Council and is responsible for the urgent fundraising necessary to save the church from being closed on safety grounds due to the structural problems with the roof, and to make the building weatherproof in order to protect the heritage for future generations. It draws in others from the village to assist, and they are included here with thanks.
Project Director – Andrew Lambourne
Finance Manager: Veronica Worsey
Fundraising manager: Tim Wright
Schools Activity strand: Phil Mercer, Kerry O’Brien
Young People Activity strand: Miranda Motley, Clare Rudd, Anna Franklin
Special Interest and Historical Research strand: Leslie Webster, Mark Jenkin, Diane Lynch, Jayne West
Tourism and Outreach strand: Katharine LeQuesne, Anne-Françoise Brenton
Living Churchyard strand: Matt Biggs, Bryan Thompson
Further Education & Professional Development strand: Andrew Lambourne
Marketing support: Sandra Clark
Historic England adviser: Trudi Hughes
Diocesan adviser: David Bevan
Friends of St Leonard's (FoSL)
Ongoing fundraising through membership, events and legacies
FoSL, a non-religious charity, makes funding available to the Parochial Church Council for development projects, routine care and maintenance of the church building.
Chair – Mark Jenkin
Treasurer – Mark Worsey
Other Trustees – Carol Gibson, Greg Parsons, Sarah Parsons, Clare Rudd
FoSL website: Friends of St Leonard’s