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Landmark church could be used as makeshift cinema
FILM screenings are among ideas being considered to bring new life to a Wallingford church.
St Peter’s Church, in Thames Street, is used only about 10 times a year. But owner the Churches Conservation Trust this week launched an appeal to find volunteers to help out and hold events. These could include running film nights on a big screen.
Trust volunteering officer Edmund McGregor said: “Running films there is a fantastic idea.
“I can’t imagine that would be too difficult – there is electricity and heating in the church, there are seats and we could offer refreshments.
“It is a really good idea, but it would have to be run by volunteers or a company would have to hire it out.
“It is an iconic Wallingford church. When you come across the bridge from the Thames it is the first thing you see.”
The church is kept locked but visitors can let themselves in with keys they sign for at the Wallingford Town Information Centre, in Market Place. The tourist information centre is a five-minute walk away and open Monday to Friday from 10am to 12.30pm and 1pm until 4pm, or Saturday from 10am until 2pm.
Wallingford town councillor Lynda Atkins said: “If you imagine images of Wallingford, that church is it.
“It is not used enough – it is a beautiful church. We have got lots of groups in the town which could use it, or it could be used for film screenings.”
Annual licence fees to show films in churches range from £69 to £708.
Professional musicians run Music at St Peter’s on Saturday evenings once a fortnight between May and October and a service is run on St Peter’s Day on June 29.
The church was handed to the trust by the Church Commissioners of the Church of England in 1972, after services had ended.
Work on the Georgian building started in 1763 after the original was destroyed in the Civil War, and it costs about £6,000 a year to run.
- To volunteer to help or for more information email Mr McGregor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07872 502118.
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