Thanks to a very generous grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we can restore the “at risk” spire of our beautiful building and explore the rich heritage of our church and its community.

About Us

The story
so far…

We are the Anglican parish church for the older part of Worksop north of the town centre to where new building starts. Since 1867 we have been here for our community for their rites of passage, supported them through two world wars and many difficult periods including the Depression, miners’ strikes and the closure of the pits. From early days the church has a long-standing history of community involvement and mission.

There have been many different groups for all sections of the community. Ours was the first Mothers’ Union branch in the diocese and our uniformed groups, young people’s and toddler group are long established. We have strong connections with local schools.

Thanks to a very generous grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we can restore the “at risk” spire of our beautiful building and explore the rich heritage of our church and its community.

Through the years this church has stood to share and show the good news of God’s love for all. In 2019 we celebrated 150 years of faithfulness – God’s faithfulness to us and the faithfulness of all those who have worshipped and served in many different capacities over the years.

Thanks to a very generous grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we can restore the “at risk” spire of our beautiful building and explore the rich heritage of our church and its community.

Our celebration service was full of past and present worshippers and some previous clergy.

Thanks to a very generous grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we can restore the “at risk” spire of our beautiful building and explore the rich heritage of our church and its community.

Richard Neill representing – Canon Robert Neill

Vicar 1962-73

Canon Ed Mitchell

Curate 1974-77

Ruth Brown representing – Canon Albert Brown

Vicar 1974-80

Canon Ted Crofton

Curate 1977-81

Rev. David Clayden

Curate 1976-79

The Venerable David Bailey

Curate 1980-83

Rev. Neil Hogg

Vicar 2000-2011

Rev. Captain Tim Stanford

2013

Thanks to a very generous grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we can restore the “at risk” spire of our beautiful building and explore the rich heritage of our church and its community.
Musicality Singers concert on 2nd May 2022, to raise funds for the Spire.

The Spire

In 2021 we were deeply shaken when we understood the seriousness of the condition of the spire. We started fundraising and we are so grateful to our generous congregation and local community who have given and supported our fundraising events and between them by August 2022 had raised £25,000.

After many meetings of our Grant group, discussion, and prayer we applied to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a grant to repair our Spire and to fund a Heritage Activity programme to promote and celebrate our church’s heritage and that of the community we serve. We sent our 10,000 + word application in August 2022 and were delighted to hear in the Autumn that we were successful with a grant of £246,000 for a programme projected to cost £327,000. With the completion of lots more paperwork and more meetings we launched our eighteen-month project in January 2023.

In March 2023 we appointed a Heritage Worker and since then have been gathering stories and memories of growing up and working in Worksop, its changing face, and many different connections to the church, including names of family members on the War Memorials. We hold regular Heritage coffee mornings on Tuesdays at 10.

"It has been a delight to work with the members of the church and the wider community to discover, explore and celebrate the fascinating heritage of St John's and the areas of Worksop that it serves. The stories people have shared with us about living, working, and growing up in Worksop reveal so much about the bigger story of the town and the role that St John's has played, and continues to play in their lives.”

One important area of our project has been to work with children and young people.

Our local school, Redlands, has taken part in heritage activities. In the summer of 2023 Year 6 children created willow spires connected with their topic of “Believe to Achieve.” Year 1 children made clay tiles picturing local landmarks for their topic work on “The Wonders of Worksop.”

Pinnacle Conservation held an open morning for adults and children to see some of the work of the stonemasons in the restoration work and to have a go themselves under the guidance of the experts.

We have also taken part in the Inspire Libraries Fun Palace event with around 100 children making a stained-glass effect window, a collage and dressing up in Victorian clothing.

In July 2023 work started on the restoration of the Spire. A specialist conservation company, Pinnacle, were contracted to complete the work which was completed in December 2023. We were pleased with the high quality of the stonework and can be confident the Spire will stand tall in the town for generations in the future.

The project continues into 2024 in several areas. We are working on interpretative displays, leaflets for visitors and material for school visits. We also plan to create a more environmentally friendly space in the church grounds. A stained-glass project with our church young people’s and uniformed groups for early 2024 is also planned.

From 9th January 2024 we are extending our Heritage coffee mornings to meeting weekly on Tuesdays at 10am and all are welcome to come with memories, photos, family histories etc. and of course come for a cup of tea and a chat.

Thanks to a very generous grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we can restore the “at risk” spire of our beautiful building and explore the rich heritage of our church and its community.
View from the Spire scaffolding looking South towards Victoria Square and onwards to town.

All are welcome to visit and look round the church which is open on Sundays and Saturday mornings.

For further information please see our Facebook page – St John’s Worksop Memories.

To contact our Heritage worker please email – stjohnsworksopheritage@gmail.com

For details of What’s On in our church please visit:

Thanks to a very generous grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we can restore the “at risk” spire of our beautiful building and explore the rich heritage of our church and its community.