St Nicholas Church & Community Centre Project

How can you help?

How can you help or be involved?

From actively helping to research and promote our heritage, to helping us create a sense of community to donating or helping raise funds, there are many ways to become involved.

Many of us are not regular church goers, but recognise that as well as being a 900 year old Grade II* listed building that needs our love, St Nicholas church provides us with an opportunity to make a large flexible, dry, warm and safe space in which we can hold a wide range of private and public inclusive events bringing together the village.  In the late 1870’s St Nicholas was said to be in a state of total disrepair and the team, led by Cuthbert Bede, set about the refurbishment at a cost of £1,697.  Now, 150 years later, the church is again under threat and needs our help.   In modernising the facilities and making the building suitable for today’s population, we will also make the building sustainable into the future, a much improved place for those who wish to worship and a legacy that will last, probably for another 150 years.

If you are not already a member, how about joining The Friends of St Nicholas.  It is a non-religious organisation and is made up of those who feel that the church building itself is a major village asset that deserves preserving for the next generation. (see right)

Here are other ways you can help.  This list not exhaustive!

  • Buy a pew – update – all sold
  • Help us research and promote our heritage
  • Help us build a sense of community
  • Help us manage the facility
  • Help us live with the Bats!
  • Help us raise the funds
  • Give of your time

Please see below and to the right of this page for further details.


Help us live with the Bats!

You will have seen that we have 3 types of bat in the church and church yard.  There is a national project to survey the bats over the next 4 years, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Do you have an interest in nature?
Would you like to be involved with the bat surveys of our church?

 If so please contact us.

The Survey

The Project Team will be conducting a survey to assist with fund raising from grant-giving bodies.  We hope that you will be happy to take part in the survey, you answers can be anonymous if you wish.

Click here for survey details



As one of our fundraising initiatives, through The Friends of St Nicholas we set up fundraising through   Once YOU join, whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your insurance, business needs or even holidays – you could be raising free donations for St Nicholas Church and Community Centre (Stretton, Rutland Community Centre).  It does not cost you anything!

There are over 4,000 shops and sites which will make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, Amazon,, Next, Screw Fix Sainsbury’s and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds.  Donations are typically 1-2% of purchase price (excluding VAT and delivery).

To find out more click here.


To Join The Friends of St Nicholas (FOSN)

The purpose of FOSN is to upkeep the fabric of the church.  It is a non-religious organisation.

Cost per annum £12.00

to join please contact Liz Foster on 01780 411 020


Buy a Pew!

We will be selling most of the Victorian pews in the Nave.  Although we are not yet sure of the cost, please register your interest with Penny Isaacs 01780 410 676.  There is no commitment to buy at this stage.

Update – all the pews were sold an in excess of £2000 raised

Help us research and promote our heritage

Click to see our Heritage page for further details

If you would like to help please contact Richard on 01480 411020?

Help us build a sense of community

Once the floor is done (and loo!) we shall be able to open up the use to the village.  Initially, we intend to hold regular coffee mornings where someone will be on hand to explain where we are with the project.  You should be able to enjoy a break where children and newcomers can meet.  We will introduce a book exchange.  As we develop, we hope you can find a wide range of activities to join, including sports such as badminton or bowls or maybe art classes.

If this is something you would like to help with please make contact with anyone in the project team.

Help us to manage the facility

Once we can start to use the building more widely, we will need to manage bookings and arrange for cleaning and to ensure it is kept in readiness for the next user.  We envisage that booking will be via an online booking app and this will require administering.  This could be done by volunteers, but it could also be done by employing a person – if there is sufficient demand.   If this interests you, please contact us.

Please contact any of the project team