Views sought on church pews shake-up

PEOPLE are being asked their views about plans to remove pews in part of Harborough’s parish church, extend underfloor heating and put in new seating.

The Parochial Church Council of St Dionysius Church is undertaking consultation on its proposed re-ordering of the interior and is encouraging its congregation, groups that use the church, and the wider town, to share their views.

Two consultation meetings have already been held and a final one will be held in the church from 10am on Saturday when anyone can pop in to see the proposals and complete a questionnaire.

The proposal is to remove the pews in the nave, north aisle and choir, extend the underfloor heating from the south aisle to the rest of the church, lay a new stone floor that works with the York Stone in the south aisle, to buy new seating and to consider installing a new lighting system.

Responses can be sent to either Chris Etherington or Liz Wilson c/o St Dionysius Church or emailed to or

The closing date for this stage of the consultation is June 6.

PCC member Liz Wilson said: “St Dionysius is a growing church, particularly with our mission activities during the week, for example Di’s Ducklings, our toddler group.

“Since the successful re-ordering of the south aisle in 2007, we have increased the number of people who we welcome into the church and have outgrown the space we created in the south aisle.”

Gordon Etherington, chairman of the re-ordering working group, added: “We recognise that these proposals are major changes and that any work undertaken must be sympathetic to the building as a place of worship and therefore we would welcome the views of as many people as possible before we consider starting work.”

Following all stages of consultation the PCC will agree a final proposal for re-ordering the church and undertake a fundraising campaign to help to pay for it, hoping to start work next year.