St Martin’s becomes a Listed Building
The Archdeacon of Worcester, Roger Morris, issued this statement on 6th January 2014:
The fact that St Martin’s Church has been given Grade 2 listed status by English Heritage is a tribute to the way the building has been loved and looked after by its parishioners over the years. The Church was built using the very best quality materials and an attention to detail in the design, which also show something of the confidence and sense of civic and church pride that existed in Worcester in the early part of the twentieth century.
St Martin’s is a very special place for all those who are part of its community and this recognition will enable it to continue to be an important landmark in Worcester as well as place for prayer and worship for all in the future. It’s a great way to crown the church’s centenary celebrations of 2011!
Anthony Glossop, Chair of Finance & Management, writes:
The listing of a church building is quite a significant event in the history and life of a church community. The reasons for listing St Martin’s are not only its architectural quality but also its intactness. The decision therefore not only reflects well on the original architect but also on the stewardship of that building by the whole church community over the past hundred years.
The difference it will make to the management of the Church will be largely beneficial. Firstly St Martin’s will become eligible under The Listed Places of Worship Scheme for grants equivalent to the VAT we pay on eligible expenditure (ie most capital expenditure). In addition the PCC has been advised that the new status may make it somewhat easier to attract funding from charities who are attracted to supporting buildings of merit, but only time will tell if that bears fruit. Finally, whilst St Martin’s attracts the attention of English Heritage to any proposals for alterations or additions, the Ecclesiastical Exemption means that it will not be necessary to obtain a separate Listed Building Consent, but will remain within the area of control of the Diocesan Advisory Committee to whom English Heritage will become a statutory consultee.
The list description for St Martin’s gives two reasons for it to be listed:
(1) the architectural quality - a dynamic design, both externally and internally, with high levels of craftsmanship;
(2) its intact survival, substantially as built with all its original features and little alteration.
The following year the War Memorial was also Grade 2 lkisted described as "....a fine example of that era"
This all puts a responsibility on the present generation, to treat the church with respect, while of course recognising that it’s still only a building, while the people comprise the real Church of God