Held on Thursday 23rd February 2012
The team at St Peter’s Centre in Peterchurch celebrated their Art and Christianity Enquiry Trust and Royal Institute of British Architects award for outstanding religious architecture, for which they have received a stunning piece of stained glass on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum as a trophy. Sadly, due to illness, key note speaker Sir Roy Strong had to cancel at short notice. However a 50 strong crowd, including many new faces to the centre, enjoyed a fascinating talk by award- winning architect Alex Coppock and a reading provided by Sir Roy. In that, he said: “The diocese of Hereford is hugely over-churched, but it has been forward in exploring avenues to give them life as post offices, village shops, play centres and so on. Examples of what can be achieved are urgently needed. St Peter’s Centre blazes a trail for others to follow.”
Director of the ACE Trust, Laura Moffett also sent a message of congratulations.
During this evening Minister Simon Lockett also introduced the management team who will be promoting the centre. They include Fund Raising Volunteer Enid Tarbox, Marketing Officer Emma Dexter and Project Co-ordinator Jenny Lewis.
Converting historic buildings is often considered expensive or difficult. However, the ambiance of this evening confirmed the importance of such a project. It has brought national recognition and art to a rural area, and also provided a wonderful building for local people to enjoy events of local and national importance.