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ST PETER & ST PAUL'S CHURCH BLANDFORD FORUM
VISION - WHY "THE CUPOLA PROJECT"?


The Cupola Project involves far more than the Cupola, which is regarded as a visible symbol of the church building.

As a well known local landmark, the use of poor materials in past repairs meant that the serious decay of the cupola became the focus of considerable attention. (E.g. the weather vane had to be removed as the PCC ensured that the cupola continued to be a safe structure.)

It was originally envisioned that restoration of the cupola to its full glory would be the final act of the project named after it.

However, following full investigation of the fabric of the building by the church architect in 2012-2013, it was realised that the worst water ingress to the church was through the cupola. So the first priority of the project became the restoration of the cupola and high level repairs to the tower. To ensure future maintenance could be undertaken more easily, the rickety wooden ladders within the tower were to be replaced with metal ladders and the insertion fo a new floor above the bells. This phase of the project was intended to be undertaken between 2014 and 2016, together with improvements to the west entrance to the church allowing better disabled access.

Unfortunately by the time the work went out to tender costs had escalated considerably: the improved disabled access had to wait until 2017.

The full reach of the project over the next 7-10 years is to restore the entire church building to its former glory whilst seeking to regenerate it as a fully functioning community resource for both the Church and the Town in line with the vision statement:

Vision Statement

To revive the building of St Peter and St Paul, Blandford Forum in such a way as to reflect the aims of its builders and the needs of the 21st century community it seeks to serve, all to the Glory of God.

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