Project 200

Project 200

Project 200

St George’s church sits in the heart of Ramsgate Town Centre. It is a Grade 1 Listed building with an iconic lantern tower. We would love the church to be a beacon of God’s love, a flourishing centre of Christian worship and a place which serves the needs of the local community.

The Diocesan Mission Resources Group of the Canterbury Diocese has agreed to provide funding for up to 5 years to employ one or more project officers to support the regeneration of St George’s church site to enable the church’s mission to flourish in a sustainable way.

This Project will involve researching how best our buildings can serve the needs of our town, draw up plans for the regeneration of the buildings and seek funding to make it happen.

We hope that the renewed buildings will be ready by our 200th anniversary in October 2027.

As well as being a centre for Christian worship, other ways the buildings may be used to serve the local community could include:

  • A Community Hub to help tackle local deprivation. St. George’s parish is in the top 3% most deprived parishes in England. At present the church hall hosts a food club, providing cheaper, healthier food to its members and a weekly community meal. We would love to expand the ways in which we serve the local community in this way.
  • A place of heritage. The Ramsgate Future town plan states: “Restoring key landmark and heritage buildings can create significant improvements in appearance and perceptions, supporting a sense of civic pride.” St. George’s is one of only two Grade I listed buildings in the town and has potential to be a great visitor’s destination for tourists visiting the town.
  • An Educational Centre. St. George’s neighbours the lower school site of Chatham and Clarendon Grammar school and is used by them for weekly assemblies, occasional concerts and prize giving’s. It may be that there are possibilities of making greater educational use of our buildings.
  • An Arts Centre: In recent years there has been a rapid increase in artistic activity in Ramsgate. Even in the last few months, a number of new art galleries has opened. The church has also hosted a Christmas Tree festival in December and an Arts Festival in July over a number of years. We have also been a venue for concerts, hosting a Baroque concert in December 2021 and a couple of concerts for the Festival of Sound in September 2022. Being such a large venue, in a town that has recently lost its local cinema and has no theatre, there could be potential for the church to make a big contribution in this area.

In addition to all this we want to make our buildings as carbon neutral as possible, in line with the Church of England’s aim for 2030.

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Vacancy: Regeneration Officer Coming Soon Check out the job advert. Closing date: 23rd September 2022

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