Bid launched to restore one of the country's most important churches
A PROJECT to save one of the country's most important churches will be launched officially this week.
People from the village of St Germans, in South East Cornwall have formed a trust to raise millions of pounds to restore their parish church.
Their vision is to turn the priory and surrounding grounds into a community resource, visitor attraction and educational centre.
The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Rev Tim Thornton, enthusiastic local volunteers and the Rev Michael Goodland, the parish priest, will get the project under way in the church at 7.30pm on Friday.
The event is open to anyone, and mulled wine and nibbles will be provided to keep out the chill. It will open with singing from children of St Germans Primary School, who will perform a specially written song.
There will be a second session on Saturday between 9.30am and 12.30pm.
The trust is looking for volunteers to help it turn the historic building into a community centre as well as a place of worship.
Members are hoping to raise millions of pounds to restore and modernise the Grade 1 listed building.
St Germans Priory has been the site of worship since the 9th Century, when it was the cathedral for Cornwall. The present church was rebuilt in the 12th Century, and dedicated to St Germanus of Auzerre.