The church has provided an explanation of what it wants to do.
Not everyone agrees with the plans. One member of the society has written expressing concern:
“We are pleased that Bruce completed his walk to Holy Island and is safely home.
It is worth commenting however that it is not generally accepted that the St Michael’s ‘Renewal Project’ represents ‘preservation, protection and improvement’ to this unique traditional Victorian church – the only one of its type in Camberley.
Many associated with St Michael’s church consider those plans to be ill founded and destructive of much of the character of the church. In particular, the ripping out of the traditional interior with its pews and choir stalls in order to make space for community events, leaving only a few token pews, is not broadly supported. Indeed it is considered by many to be a pointless and destructive step.
People who now choose to hold their weddings at St Michael’s as opposed to more convenient churches which have been ‘done over’ in the way now envisaged have commented that ‘it is lovely to have the wedding in a traditional church’. They are unlikely to make such comments in future.
The very expensive glass box planned to replace the fairly nondescript but mostly functional late 20th century church hall is also not accepted by all as being the best that can be achieved nor good value for money.
I do wonder whether the Camberley Society actually knows what is going on here. The ‘Renewal’ brochure to which you refer does not tell the full story.”
So, an obvious question. Should the society support or oppose the proposals? Do click on the link above, and find out more, then let us know.